Budleigh 2nds skipper demands greater application from his batsmen.

PUBLISHED: 10:56 22 May 2014 | UPDATED: 10:56 22 May 2014

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Budleigh seconds were brought back down to earth after a humiliating defeat to Cornwood.

With a flat track and not a cloud in sight, it was quite clear what the winning captain would do at the toss. James Horgan the Cornwood skipper called correctly and quickly opted to bat.

Budleigh struck early with just 20 runs on the board, as left hander Ryan Richards was caught smartly by Richard Arnold at point off the bowling of Adam Jones. However the Otters didn’t strike until another 100 runs were put on the board when Mark Horwell was trapped plumb in front by Lloyd White’s off-spinners. Matt Murphy then bowled Will Caulfield for just 1 and White then snared opposing captain Horgan for a duck which left Cornwood at 128/5. Throughout this spell the Otters were unable to grab opener Steve Lambert who batted right through most of the innings and added 110 of his own runs to Cornwood’s total. Robin Dart came in and blasted a quick 40 but was bowled by Joe Marley in the last over and Budleigh found themselves chasing 222 to win.

The Otters innings started dreadfully when captain White was trapped plumb leg before to Dart’s left arm spinners. From then on only two players managed to get into double figures. That was Ben Carter who played brilliantly for his 28 and James England who hit 11.

Dart claimed six wickets for 24 runs, all six were in the top seven of the Budleigh batting order! Andy Bees cleared up the rest to leave the Budleigh all out for 81 and slipping to a crushing 140 run defeat.

Skipper White said post match: “All of the batters, including myself, need to have a good think about how to apply ourselves and value are wickets more. We can’t expect to go out there and blaze it around from ball one. We have to take the positives from the game though and our bowling and fielding was the best I have seen this year. Every bowler bowled brilliantly and we really anticipated the ball coming to us in the field. If we can field and bowl like that every week we will really restrict sides down to smaller totals and be up towards the top challenging. We were lucky to be the only team to play last week so we had a bit of a cushion, but that is now gone and we re-group and go again.”

On Saturday the team have the opportunity to put things right when they travel to Hatherleigh II.

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