Budleigh in promotion berth at midway point of season

PUBLISHED: 11:28 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:28 02 July 2015

Budleigh sit in a Tolchards Devon League A Division promotion place at the halfway stage of the campaign after a 47-run win at Lewdown.

There were contributions down the order – including a charitable offering from the home side of 44 extras – as Budleigh posted a score of 234.

Cephas Zhuwao was once again amongst the runs. The Zimbabwean top scored with 45 whilst other contributions came from Sam Richardson (42), Joel Murphy (34), skipper Lloyd White (29) and Andy Proctor (22).

The home side were then bowled out for 187 with Proctor, Murphy and Zhuwao doing the bulk of the damage with the ball.

Proctor ended with figures of 3-25, Murphy took three wickets for 44 runs and the big Zimbabwean bagged a brace at a cost of 32 runs.

The victory, a seventh straight success for the Ottermouth men leaves Budleigh sitting 24 points off leaders Brixham at the midway point of the league season and next up they entertain Brixham on Saturday (July 4).

After the win at Lewdown skipper White said: “I am delighted with the run we have gone on. We have put in some superb team efforts recently. The experienced Andy Procter and Joel Murphy have both been absolutely superb with bat and ball - and I’ve been so impressed with young lads Sid Fereday and Gwynn Parks - all of their contributions have been so valuable to the side.

“Lewdown was a very interesting game and I think both sides will learn a lot from it. Lewdown are at the wrong end of the table, but they are there for a reason. I can’t remember the last time a side had so much disrespect, not only towards the opposition and officials but to the game in general. It was disappointing and certainly embarrassing at times, but the umpires dealt with it superbly.

“Nonetheless, the win makes it seven on the bounce (six league wins and a Devon Senior Cup success). We have conducted ourselves extremely professionally and I think in hindsight the total hiding we got at the hands of Cornwood in what was our first game of the season woke us all up and is now a distant memory.

“We are full of optimism and confidence and look forward to hosting top of the table Brixham on our home turf and will be doing our utmost to peg them back as much as possible. The table never lies and we respect that they are top of the table for a reason, but we certainly won’t be fearful of them and will continue to play the exciting brand of cricket which we have delivered over the past seven outings.

“The next four match days will determine our season and it’s in our hands as to how we go. The Brixham game is clearly massive. I’ll make a prediction - it could go either way!”

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