Budleigh 2nds make it two wins from two as great start continues.

PUBLISHED: 10:38 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:38 14 May 2013




Budleigh 2nd’s playing their first game at their sub-sea level holt for almost a year, where really hoping to rise from the depths and continue their good start to the 2013 cricket season on a much anticipated wait at their recently exsiccated home ground.

Covers where on and off the wicket in the early hours at the Ottermouth before Brixham arrived to play, yet the rain never came to much and what did fall was quickly evaporated by a strong easterly wind, coupled with bursts of clement Devon sunshine, in between cold, grey, windy periods of play.

Brixham won the toss and put Budleigh into bat first.

Budleigh opened the batting with the same pairing as last week of James Sharkey and Rob Newing who saw off the attempts of the two opening Brixham bowler’s spell, only for James Sharkey after the bowling change, to roll on to his back foot, for a slightly short of a length delivery, which kept very low, picked up speed with its low bounce and under the toe of the opener’s bat to bowl him for 10 runs, leaving Budleigh at 24-1.

Jo Marley was next to the crease. He played a steady opening to his innings, which clearly gave him time to tune his razor sharp eye and let his natural ability to start to flow. Backed up by Newing’s classic bat play we know him for of old, which also seemed to help Jo Marley gain in confidence with the added support and to allow the youngster to start showing his full flare, scattering fielders around the ground like a young ‘Al Capone’ ricocheting the stray bowling bullets from the Brixham bowling attack from pillar to post, leading him on to an almost

consummate 50 runs of 74 deliveries. Rob Newing stayed alongside Marley and his ‘tommy gun’ bat make a partnership of 70 runs.

Newing was out for 32 and Budleigh where 94-2. This was a much nicer platform for the next batsman to come in on, Alex ‘Pickles’ Richardson, on his return to Budleigh 2nd’s from the 1st team, where the two teenage batsman soon settled in together like two old hands of the game. They soon started to take command of proceedings, playing majestically together, with ‘Pickles’

displaying his raw, powerful and talented batting skills wielding his willow sword like a young sir Galahad, ecstatic to be back at the otters round table, sending fielders into various different parts of the cricket ground to retrieve the cricket ball they had to keep picking up from the wrong side of the boundary rope. Within the partnership of these two very promising young talents; ‘Pickles’ got 50 runs off 42 deliveries and was out for 62, yet Jo ‘Mushy’ Marley continued on his way admirably to 80 runs after playing on to his own stumps, leading Budleigh forward to 187-3.

Captain ‘Cannon’ Carter and Howie Rose held the ever exuberant Budleigh batting fort, with Captain Carter once again hitting sixes for fun, who was well backed up by Budleigh’s own ‘badly oiled robot’, Howie Rose, not out for 15 runs and Captain Carter not out for 40 runs.

Budleigh declared with two overs to spare at 283-4. This total was already quite a mountain to climb for a team bowled out for 90 runs the previous week without having to start below sea level on their mountainous run chase.

A quite delicious tea was served by Mrs Tracey Guilles and play resumed after a short break.

Budleigh felt confident in the changing room about their bowling attack, but complacency was stopped short in the dressing room by club ‘guru’ Phil Yolland, reinstating the immediate nature of dealing with the Brixham batting side of this week and not that of the last, as all teams can have bad batting days.

Refreshed, prepared and focused, Budleigh returned to the pitch in the field.

Budleigh’s opening pace attack of Adam Jones and James Plowman set about their tasks very well, with ‘Jonesy’ displaying his usual intimidating, fast paced, accurate deliveries and was unlucky not to get more reward for his efforts, bowling eight overs three of which were maidens and returning figures of 1-16.

Plowman performed in similar fashion taking one wicket in his seven overs. However, Plowman is much improved considering the adaption’s he is making to his run up and his new acceptance of the fact that it is okay not to take a wicket every ball and is starting to show some real promise with his cooler mind set.

Virgin Otter Chris Batten contributed handsomely with his immaculately, smooth, light footed run up, with plenty of back bend to his medium paced, swinging and seeming deliveries, resulting in another great debut and figures of 2-39 from his nine overs, two of which were maidens.

Brixham managed to get passed their total of 90 runs from their previous weeks cricket fixture, with Budleigh struggling slightly to get through the late middle order and the tail end of the Brixham batting line up.

Matt Murphy produced a good spell of four overs to get one wicket, yet found it difficult with the gusting winds affecting his bowling style. Matt Murphy and Howie Rose continued with the pace attack, whilst all-rounder Jo Marley warmed up his spinning fingers juggling a couple of emergency ‘m and m’s’ he had in his cricket whites, which must have helped him tremendously as he daintily skipped on in for his 7.3 overs, resembling a well fed ballerina, to take four wickets with his mercurial range of spin bowling. Adam Jones caught out the Brixham last man in deep

mid – wicket, after a repeated unsettling display of Marley’s googleys to the opposition tail enders.

Brixham were all out for 182 and Budleigh had won their second consecutive match of the season to go top of the fledgling table with a full house of 40 points from the 40 available.

This week Budleigh Otters were more together as a team improving on their bad points from last week; not being so chatty in the field, higher levels of concentration, better fielding and a more collective drive to ‘win’, resulting in a fairly easy win for the otters, but perhaps still with 50 runs too many in Brixhams favour.

Budleigh 2nd’s are away to Ottery St. Mary this Saturday where they will be only to pleased at

the challenge of showing Ottery St. Mary who the real ‘Otters’ are.

We would just like to say a big thanks to Tracey Keast for her fine score keeping during the ‘Otters’ matches and would also like to thank Chris Gore and Seb for their hard efforts in making the Ottermouth pitch playable once again this year after such difficult weather conditions, under the professional guidance of Urban Earth Landscaping and Construction Contractors.

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