Budleigh have final day issues to resolve.
PUBLISHED: 09:10 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:43 10 June 2010
IT IS a sad reflection on what can only be described as a thoroughly disappointing campaign that Budleigh Salterton head into Saturday s final game of the 2009 season with their Premier division status still in doubt
IT IS a sad reflection on what can only be described as a thoroughly disappointing campaign that Budleigh Salterton head into Saturday's final game of the 2009 season with their Premier division status still in doubt.
A losing draw to another side facing the very real prospect of dropping out of the top flight, Torquay, leaves the Ottermouth men travelling to North Devon needing to bank a dozen points to avoid the need to grab for telephones and discover details of how Plymouth and Torquay have got on.
Indeed, if Budleigh were to be heavily beaten at Instow on Saturday, it is quite conceivable that they could yet finish bottom!
Saturday's final home game saw the visitors bat first and they reached maximum batting points with a closing total of 202-5, two wickets falling to Bob Dawson and Matt Webb, and one to Mike Cliff.
Skipper Ian Bishop was without luck, his 14 overs produced figures of 0-34 when, on another day, he would surely have picked up a number of wickets for a superbly disciplined spell with the ball.
The run chase was well executed, but came up half a dozen runs short of providing a status saving victory at 197-5.
With eight batsmen being summoned, at some stage, to the wicket, only three managed to register double figures.
Bobby Dawson top scored with a splendid 89, Sandy Allen hit 59 from the opening slot - the pair put on 106 for the 2nd wicket, and the only other batsmen to hit double figures was number six, Matt Webb, with 23.
Budleigh head up the North Devon Link Road in good spirit as it would take a strange set of results on the final day to see them drop down to the A Division.
They will be wary that all the other basement sides are heading into the final round of matches feeling that they can effect a last day great escape, so those dozen points will be gratefully accepted should they, hopefully, arrive on Saturday afternoon.