Budleigh bashed at Bradninch as new individual batting record is set

PUBLISHED: 22:51 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 22:51 24 July 2013

Batsman Ed Fowler for Ottery St Mary against Ipplepen. Photo by Terry Ife ref shsp 2819-22-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Batsman Ed Fowler for Ottery St Mary against Ipplepen. Photo by Terry Ife ref shsp 2819-22-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Budleigh suffered at Bradninch on Saturday afternoon where they were hit by one particular player who took his run scoring against the Ottermouth men beyond 300 in two meetings this season!

Jackson Thompson has played first class cricket at Middlesex where he once opened the innings with Australian Test star David Warner.

These days he lives at Uffculme and plays for his local Premier side at Kensham Park, Bradninch.

Thompson plundered a new Devon league individual record, passing the one set earlier this season by Budleigh’s own James Burke, and he was eventually out for a whopping 222 which he bludgeoned off just 108 deliveries hitting 26 four and smashing 14 sixes!

Faced with the home teams considerable 360-7 Budleigh were bowled out for 228 in 45.4 overs.

In terms of the carnage caused by Jackson Thomson it was Budleigh skipper Joel Murphy, a former Bradninch skipper, who returned the best of this sides bowling figures of 3-53 in ten overs. Matt Kidd (0-62 in 10), James Burke (2-71 in 10), Bob Dawson (2-73 in 10) and Matt Plowman (0-96) in 10 were the other Budleigh bowlers to suffer.

The unfortunate Plowman was hit for 35 in a single over as Thompson plundered five sixes and also hit a four in an over that also included a wide ball.

The run chase started brightly at a run-a-ball, but the loss of James Burke to the final ball of the sixth over with the total on 34 was a big blow. Bob Dawson flew the Budleigh flag highest, fifth man out for a splendid 85 with the score 137 in the 29th over by which time the run chase was all but over. Lloyd Murrin hit a defiant 60 from the number nine slot putting on 61 for the ninth wicket with skipper Murphy who scored 15.

Budleigh were finally put out of their misery when the last wicket fell on 228 in the 46th over.

An eleventh defeat in a dozen games leaves Budleigh clinging on to Premier status and it now seems inevitable that they will have to spend a year out of the top flight.

On Saturday Budleigh entertain Exmouth looking to complete a season’s double over their near neighbours having beaten them at the Maer ground back in late May.

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