Budleigh hit 200 for second week running and lose - again!

PUBLISHED: 08:50 16 May 2013 | UPDATED: 08:50 16 May 2013

Cricket - Budleigh in pre-season at Bradninch

Cricket - Budleigh in pre-season at Bradninch

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Budleigh Salterton’s 1st XI season continued in the identical fashion that it had taken off, writes Lloyd White.

In week one, Budleigh were asked to bat first and did so by scoring exactly 200 against Cornwood.

In week two, they were once again put into bat, but this time went two better and scored 202 against North Devon.

Cornwood knocked off Budleigh’s total in the opening game for the loss of just three wickets and North Devon beat Budleigh, once again for just three wickets down!

“It was a near carbon copy of the first week.” Said skipper Joel Murphy, reflecting on the game. “We need to value our wickets more and ensure that we apply ourselves at the crease. I said it last year and I will say it again.

There is no point in our top six getting 20’s and 30’s. We all need to play a part in ensuring we go on and make that big score to give the bowlers a real target to play with.”

Opener James Burke (23), Bob Dawson (30), Seb Langridge (16), Matt Kidd (18) all got into double figures without pushing on. Richard Arnold smashed his way to 43 from just 31 balls including hitting Matt Dart for three consecutive sixes. Lloyd Murrin and Matt Plowman were the unbeaten batsmen at the close of the inning on 18 and 15 respectively.

Matt Kidd and James Burke opening the bowling and how they didn’t take an early blow will be unanswered forever!

Both bowlers frequently beat the outside edge of the bat without any luck. It wasn’t until the score was at 90 that Budleigh struck. Barney Huxtable was the man to go as he tried to drive Joel Murphy up and over the infield.

In doing so he only mistimed a skier which Lloyd Murrin took safely in the swirling wind. Bob Dawson then came into the attack and took two quick wickets to leave North Devon in a spot of bother at 125-3.

However, Dan Bowser (46 no) and Rob Gear (38 no) saw North Devon over the line with 4.2 overs to go.

Budleigh will be hoping for change of fortunes when they entertain another side to have lost both opening games this season, Bradninch, who visit Ottermouth on Friday.


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