Budleigh installed as new leaders

PUBLISHED: 17:17 09 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton capitalised on leaders Plympton being rained off against Sandford to move in at the top of the table with a six-wicket win over Paignton.

BUDLEIGH Salterton capitalised on leaders Plympton being rained off against Sandford to move in at the top of the table with a six-wicket win over Paignton.

Paignton were dismissed for 101 in a game reduced to 40 overs a side due to bad weather - Simon Edwards making a top score of 20 after coming in at 53 for six.

Devon captain Bob Dawson took it nice and easy on his way to 39 not out as Budleigh knocked off the runs with more than 13 overs to spare.

Budleigh are now eight points clear of Plympton at the top of the table. Paignton drop to within three points of the second relegation slot.

Paignton's stand-in opener Stephen George spent 18 balls trying and failing to get off the mark before Ian Bishop had him caught at slip by Rob Newman.

Kobus Pienaar was in and out for 10 - Steve Spoljaric snared him lbw - then Seb Benton was run out by a good throw from Liam Cooke for 18.

James Hudson was just starting to get going when Dawson had him caught at extra-cover for 10.

Two balls later Tim Ward picked out the next fielder round in the off-side cordon, Matt Webb at mid-off, and Paignton were 48 for five.

Mark Gilmour was just out when Edwards got on and Edwards wrang another 48 runs out of the tail enders before he was the final man to go.

Edwards fell to a sprawling catch down at fine-leg by Dawson, who made good ground to get under the ball after left-hander Edwards swiped at Webb and got a thick top-edge over his head.

Mike Pedley came up with the goods early on for Paignton with the wickets of Ben Howgego and Ben Slack as Budleigh stuttered at 23 for two.

Steve Spoljaric and a subdued Omari Banks were the only other casualties on the chase as Dawsson, latterly accompanied by Sandy Allen (22no), knocked off the rest of the runs.

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