Budleigh edged out in thrilling derby game.

PUBLISHED: 10:01 18 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:11 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH 2nd XI made the short trip to the Maer Ground to take on Exmouth 2nds with their strongest side of the season to date in tow.

BUDLEIGH 2nd XI made the short trip to the Maer Ground to take on Exmouth 2nds with their strongest side of the season to date in tow.The home side won the toss and invited Budleigh to bat. James Burton and Max Newing (34) made the early running seeing the side to 100 for the loss of just the one wicket. Newing went shortly after three figures had been reached, but Burton was then joined by Hope before Burton was dismissed with his total on 69. Two further wickets fell as the run rate dropped off with the hosts bowlers finding a good line and length.It was over the last ten overs of the innings that a new tempo was found as 96 runs were plundered with James Hope (32), Adam Williams (26) and two sixes of the last over from Lewis Baker (37no) saw their side to an imposing total of 260-8.The tea interval was a happy one for the Budleigh players and the talk was of getting quick wickets to apply the pressure.The home side had other ideas though and an opening stand of 91 between Hensley (43) and Collinge (48) put the Maer men in charge. After Collinge departed with the score at 132, Lawrence Greenway (39) and David Buckingham carried on the Exmouth assault on Budleigh's bowlers. Greenway departed on 187 and left Exmouth in touching distance. Burton (2-40), then claimed the seemingly vital wicket of Buckingham who departed for 55 with the score on 226-4 with just five overs played and the home side requiring 35 runs to force victory. However, Richard Arnold came to the fore and hit a quick fire unbeaten 33 to see Exmouth to victory with 14 balls of an enthralling contest remaining.Budleigh skipper Baker said: "We gave a lot today and, with 260 on the board at tea, the batting did its job well but I must also give credit to Exmouth for a lot of teams would have come out with a negative attitude and blocked out for the draw, they went for it. Our bowling and fielding at times was not up to scratch and we paid the price. North Devon next week now is even more important to gain some ground on the teams above us.

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