Budleigh heading into 'must win' territory
PUBLISHED: 11:44 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:44 18 July 2013
Budleigh suffered a tenth defeat in 11 Francis Clark Devon league top flight outings and relegation from the top flight beckons unless there is a real change in fortunes at Ottermouth.
The latest side to inflict more pain on Budleigh were North Devon who closed on 263-7 and then bundled the Ottermouth men out for just 120 in 35.4 overs.
Matt Kidd claimed 3-54 from ten overs and skipper Joel Murphy returned the economical figures of 2-39 from his ten, but the visitor’s batsmen enjoyed themselves on a superb batting strip under a sweltering sun!
As happened on the day at many other grounds across Devon the side batting second had to so after spending three hours beneath the blazing sun in the outfield; and how it showed as four of the Budleigh top five returned to the home dressing room with single figure scores.
James Burke was the clear exception, striking a fluent 52, but the best of the rest were a 12 from Lloyd White and knocks of 10 from skipper Joel Murphy and Matt Plowman.
Budleigh were shot out inside 36 overs and the defeat adds to their woes as the basement side. There was one plus to take from the game and that was they did gain two points on second bottom Bradninch who were thumped at Plymouth!
Next up for Murphy’s men is what looks a crucial game for both sides as he takes his team back to his old stamping ground of Bradninch.
With third bottom Cornwood 16 points clear of Bradninch and 29 ahead of Budleigh, defeat for either side on Saturday could spell the beginning of the end of their top flight status.