Budleigh 2nds fall to first defeat of the season.

PUBLISHED: 09:54 16 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 18 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton 2nd XI made the trip to South Devon on a humid Saturday afternoon, writes Lloyd White.

BUDLEIGH Salterton 2nd XI made the trip to South Devon on a humid Saturday afternoon, writes Lloyd White.

Skipper Ian Taylor was undecided whether to bat or field first so losing the toss and being asked to have a bat was certainly not the end of the world. Openers Rob Newing and Elliot Rice set about their task against the opening attack. From the off conditions were

tricky and the bowlers were bowling well, wicket to wicket. Although runs were hard to come by the openers moved the score nicely along to 64 without loss before Rice was caught for 27. Matt Plowman coming in at 3 played two fantastic drives for four and with Newing still digging in they moved the score to 84 for 1 after 30 overs. Wickets then

tumbled in quick succession with Plowman trapped LWB for 13, Newing was caught for 38, Thorneywork for a quick fire 14 and Nathan Hardy first ball. All fell to James Parsons leaving Budleigh in some trouble at 114 for 5. Adam Williams and skipper Taylor knew they would need at least 175 to give the bowlers something to bowl at and they produced the goods with a stand of 59. Williams playing some quality shots and

Taylor scoring at a run a ball. The stand came to an end with the run out of Williams as Alex Richardson joined Taylor and a stand of 35 between the pair off 5 overs moved the score nicely 207 for 6 at the close. Richardson 16 not out and Taylor 38 not out. Budleigh's young opening attack of Plowman and Jones bowled well early doors as Jones

picking up danger man Allen and Plowman removing Heart with a great catch by Hardy meant South Devon were in trouble at 23 for 2. Matt Blackmore looked in good touch for the home side moving the score to 53 for 2 however two quick wickets both taken by under 15's off-spinner Aaron Conway ended the South Devon chase leaving them 64 for 4. Duke and Blackmore both produced stubborn resistance for the Budleigh bowlers however Conway was bowling with quality control. Experienced seam bowler Neil Rice was bowling with class but At 90 for 4 with 20 to go it was obvious the losing draw was in South Devon's mind. A change of bowling brought about two quick wickets from Plowman and Taylor felt the game was still there to be won. Blackmore reached his 50 and along with Parson's 22 and Murphy 11 not out South Devon reached the runs needed for a losing draw. Taylor tried spin options Richardson who picked up one wicket and Rob Newing but could not get the wickets needed to win. South Devon closed on 145 for 7.

Taylor reflected afterwards, "To score 207 was a great effort. We seem to have a special

team spirit at present and we don't have any superstars and that has proven week by week with every player in the squad making important contributions along the way. It's fantastic to see the youngsters performing scoring runs and taking wickets, I have every bit of faith in them. We play Hatherleigh on Saturday at home who are top of the table and I know if we play to our potential we can give them a good game".

Budleigh Salterton 207-6 (R Newing 38, I Taylor 38no, E Rice 27, A

Williams 26; J Parsons 5-31), South Devon 159-7 (M Blackmore 73no, M

Parsons 22; M Plowman 3-43, A Conway 2-27). Budleigh (14pts) drew with

South Devon (8pts).

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