Budleigh and Exmouth stars in record county partnership.

PUBLISHED: 09:08 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:42 10 June 2010

BOB Dawson and David Lye both his centuries as records tumbled on the second day of Devon s game against Herefordshire at Sidmouth

BOB Dawson and David Lye both his centuries as records tumbled on the second day of Devon's game against Herefordshire at Sidmouth.

The entire morning session was washed out due to rain and when play resumed after lunch Devon were 29 for four with Lye six not out and Dawson unbeaten on 10.

By the time Dawson got out for 121, Devon were 315 for five and the first innings deficit of 267 overnight had been reduced to two!

Along the way Dawson and Lye broke two county batting records during their stand of 286.

First to fall was the fifth-wicket county record of 202 which had been set back in 1993 by Steve Willis and Peter Roebuck against Shropshire as Shifnal.

The second official record to go was Devon's all-comers record for any wicket, which had survived since 1994 when Nick Gaywood and Julian Wyatt made 266 for the first wicket against Herefordshire at Brockhampton.

Dawson and Lye have some previous form compiling big stands for Devon as they were responsible for scoring 229 in a sixth-wicket stand against Wales at Pontyprydd in 2004.

Dawson and Lye both had let-offs on the way to centuries, but that merely mirrored some of the chances that went begging on day one when Herefordshire skipper Chris Boroughs was gifted a couple of lives making his 135.

Lye was first to his century with a glorious drive off Stuart Wedge that bisected the field between cover and extra. Lye reached his 50 in from 151 deliveries and needed another 78 to get to three figures.

Dawson cruised to his 50 by punching Faisal Shahid for the 11th four of his stay. Getting to a hundred proved somewhat harder.

Dawson got stuck in the nervy 90s and used up 25 balls knocking of the last 10 needed. When Dawson glided Shahid away for four to bring up his century he also brought up the 250 stand as well.

Both batsmen were on 121 when Herefordshire finally made a breakthrough, Shahid finding Dawson's edge for keeper Iain Stevenson to take the catch. It was Dawson's 12th Minor Counties ton for Devon. He got his first in 1991 off the Cheshire attack at Warrington.

Sandy Allen was in and out for a quick 13 which ended when Andy Sutton plucked his off-stump out of the ground.

Lye was in sight of his career best score off 154, which he scored against Wales, when Sutton sent his off-stump flying.

Lye faced 255 balls for his 146 and hit 21 fours and a six, which took him from 134 to 140 at Sutton's expense.

In the three balls left before the 90-over cut-off point, Devon reached 361 for seven to lead by 44 on first innings.

Hereford had to bat out the final seven overs last night and were 15 for one at stumps.

The man out was Ben Stebbings, who fended a delivery from Ian Bishop into an expanded slip cordon were Lye was waiting to take the catch.

l You can keep up to date with all things Devon cricket at www.devoncricket.co.uk

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