Budleigh disappoint at home to Bovey

PUBLISHED: 18:31 29 June 2011

Budleigh bowler James Burke is congratulated on taking a wicket at Sidmouth on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 1309-24-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Budleigh bowler James Burke is congratulated on taking a wicket at Sidmouth on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 1309-24-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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THE Ottermouth faithful endured a return to the dark days of last season when they saw their side fall away to slip to an 82 run defeat at the hands of Bovey Tracey.

To make matters worse the visitors departed having climbed above Budleigh in the Premier Division table which is something of a meteoric rise given that four short weeks ago they were in the bottom three!

The day had the perfect start for the home crowd with the Bovey Tracey openers parted in the very first over, James Burke knocking the stumps over with the third delivery of then match!

The visitors lost their second wicket at 60 and then two more with the score on 70 and, at 125-6 it seemed as if Budleigh were in the driving seat.

Then a 45 run partnership for the seventh wicket, ended by the excellent Matt Sutcliffe, left the visitors able to go onto a final score of 203, losing their final wicket in the final over. Sutcliffe finished with figures of 6-31 from nine excellent overs.

Needing a solid start Budleigh had both openers, Sandy Allen and Bob Dawson, back in the pavilion for scores of 11 and 6 respectively.

James Burke, in at three, stuck around, spending 107 minutes at the crease during which time he faced 90 deliveries and mustered a gritty 54 but when he departed at the fall of the fifth wicket with 116 on the board it seems a long shot for the home side to make it over the line.

As it happened they fell away badly, losing five wickets for the addition of just two runs as the board slipped from 115-4 to 117-9!

Indeed batsmen numbers seven to eleven faced just twenty four deliveries between them as the home side lost their wickets in quick procession, eventually all out for 121 to lose by 82 runs.

The defeat sees Budleigh slip to sixth spot in the table and this Saturday sees the arrival of the half way mark of the league campaign with a trip to a North Devon side that go into the game leading the table by 28 points from Sidmouth.

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