Budleigh looking to rid themsleves of Tolchards League 'nearly men' tag

PUBLISHED: 13:50 03 May 2018

Looking out from a cricket scorers position

Looking out from a cricket scorers position

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Budleigh Salterton have been the most consistent team in the A Division for years – and it is starting to become frustrating, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

The Otters have finished third in the table every year since 2013 and have missed out on promotion each time.

The challenge for skipper Trevor Anning as he embarks on his second season at the helm is how to turn Budleigh from ‘nearly men’ into achievers?

Budleigh have not invested in an overseas player yet, although the option remains open should one be needed. A bit of batting reinforcement may be needed following Elliot Rice’s move along the coast to Sidmouth.

Marc Troman, a batter who has played WEPL cricket for Glastonbury in the past, has signed for the season, as has Sean Butler from Exmouth.

Butler is hoping for some 1st XI cricket at Ottermouth and pressed his claim with warm-up wickets against Sidmouth.

Waiting in the wings for a chance are young bowlers Luke Jefferson and Matt Murphy, the son of former captain Joel Murphy. First up for Budleigh is a home game against Cornwood, who were fourth last season.

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