Budleigh bowl superbly in winning draw

PUBLISHED: 18:26 27 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:26 27 June 2010

Budleigh's Hammad Azam racks up the score against Sidmouth at the Ottermouth on Saturday.

Budleigh's Hammad Azam racks up the score against Sidmouth at the Ottermouth on Saturday.


BUDLEIGH showed that they have rediscovered a resilience as, after disappointing with the bat at the County ground on Saturday, they were able to deliver their overs with discipline and accuracy and take a winning draw from their meeting with Exeter.

It was a disappointing show with the bat when they were bowled out inside their 50 overs for 205.

The Ottermouth men made a disastrous start with both Ian Bishop and James Starkey back in the Exeter pavilion without troubling the scorers and Budleigh 09-2 in the second over of the game!

James Burke and Hammad Azam rebuilt the innings with a partnership of 80, before Azam was caught for a 38 ball knock of 41 that included five 4s and a pair of huge 6s.

Joel Murphy (14) and Burke, then put on 42 for the fifth wicket and there was a useful 37 added for the sixth wicket between Lloyd Murrin (23) and Burke before the latter was out for a fine 77.

Burke struck a dozen 4s in his innings that saw him face 94 deliveries but the innings closed with two overs, and one ball, remaining. The last pair of Neil Murrin and Aaron Conway added 15 for the final wicket with Conway being the final man out, without scoring, but having been in for 38 deliveries helping Murrin (5no) to nudge to score to, and beyond, the fifth batting point.

The home side made a confident start and, despite an impressive opening spell from Azam who sent down seven overs for just 15 runs, and Ian Bishop, who sent down five overs for just 17 runs, it was not until third change Aaron Conway, was given the ball, that the first break through was made. Conway struck in the 20th over to leave the home side 65-1.

Conway also claimed the second Exeter wicket, helped by the safe hands of Azam to leave the hosts 113-2 in the 32nd over, seemingly on route to a comfortable victory.

However this Budleigh team have suddenly found a renewed level of confidence and it began to show through as they pegged back the run chase to put the batsmen behind the clock.

Conway went on to claim 4-46 from 15 overs, Azam returned for a second spell and finished with most economical figures of 2-42 from 15. Ian Bishop sent down his eleven overs for 53 runs and Joel Murphy’s nine overs went for a miserly 31 runs.

The Exeter reply closed on 192-7 giving Budleigh the winning draw and stretching their unbeaten run to three games.

Read the Lloyd White report on the game in this week’s Exmouth Journal.

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