Budleigh and Braunton denied by the weather with game finely poised.
PUBLISHED: 15:39 18 August 2010
BUDLEIGH’S flirtation with relegation out of the top flight is over, despite the rain intervening and spoiling their Ottermouth meeting with Braunton on Saturday.
Batting first in testing conditions, Budleigh limped to 152-9, led there by a pair of players who the week before had featured for the 2nd XI.
Ian Taylor top scored with an unbeaten 43 and the previous week’s double centurion, Lloyd White, chipped in with 31 and Greg Marks made a very important 23 at the death of the innings after the side had slipped from 60-2 to a perilous 89-7!
Ian Bishop and Rob Newman, the latter out first ball with the bat - opened with the new ball and each bagged a brace to leave the visitors with half their side back in the Ottermouth pavilion with only 36 on the board.
Then the rain hit and a lengthy break followed. That seemed to be of benefit to the batsmen for the seventh wicket pairing then stuck around to frustrate the home bowlers, taking the reply to 104-6 when the heavens opened once more to wash out any chance of getting a result in the game.
So Budleigh sit fifth, a full 36 points clear of the relegation berths and, with neighbour Exmouth confirming their promotion back to the top flight, derby games are once again going into the 2011 fixture cards at both Ottermouth and the Maer ground, bring it on