Budleigh enjoy pre-season in-house match - and it’s wickets all the way!

PUBLISHED: 11:48 22 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:48 22 April 2015

Members of Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club have been getting their ground ready for the new season.

Members of Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club have been getting their ground ready for the new season.

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Budleigh took plenty of positives from their first pre season fixture at Ottermouth last weekend.

The in-house match saw Andy Procter mark his return to competitive match cricket by getting a wicket with his very first delivery!

New 1st XI skipper Lloyd White’s XI batted and openers Harry Parkin and Elliot Rice made a solid start, scoring 38 from the first ten overs against the controlled bowling of Matt Murphy and Lloyd Murrin for Pickles XI.

Opposition skipper Alex Richardson turned to Andy Procter from the field end and he had Elliot Rice caught behind with his first delivery!

Lloyd White was next in – and out – as he returned to the Ottermouth pavilion without troubling the scorers, dismissed by a fine Murrin delivery that saw White caught behind.

Parkin was then caught behind off Murphy which left the White XI a troubled 45-3.

Richard Arnold and Ben Carter steadied things with an 87 run partnership. Arnold retired himself out on 49 and Carter did similar a few balls later after he had passed 50.

James Leat put bat too ball with great effect, launching a Joel Murphy delivery out of the ground and the White XI closed leaving Pickles XI needing 204 to win.

The chase could not have made a worse start as James Leat opened with his spin, claiming four wickets for 11 runs in seven overs, claiming the wickets of Greg Evans, Joel Murphy, Lloyd Murrin and Ben Phillips.

At the other end young left armer Sid Fereday also produced a fine spell and had Alex Richardson, Andy Procter, Charles Parkin and Phil Yolland all bowled or caught at the wicket. The youngster finished figures of 4-32.

A pre-match agreement that both sides would bowl 40-overs meant that many of the Pickles XI batted twice.

At the conclusion of the game Pickles XI were 20 runs shy of victory – though they had lost 17 wickets in the process!

Skipper White picked up four wickets for just 12 runs in his seven overs.

White said: “There were many positives to take from the game. However, on the other side of the coin we seriously need to improve our concentration. That applies not just in the field, but whilst also batting and bowling. We need to ensure we don’t let teams and individuals off the hook and start to play ruthless cricket. All in all it was a super day and a huge thanks to Carole Spalding and her team for sorting tea and also the barbecue after the game. All in all the day was a huge success.”

This weekend sees Budleigh 1st XI travel to Exmouth’s Maer Ground to contest the Arthur Bright Cup (1.30pm) and the following day Ottermouth staged a Budleigh versus Sidmouth match.

On Sunday the 2nd XI travel to Bovey Tracey for their final warm-up match before the Tolchards Devon League starts on May 2.

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