Budleigh openers in double hundred successful run chase

PUBLISHED: 15:21 23 May 2018

Picture: Matt Smart

Picture: Matt Smart

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Budleigh Salterton took the team honours on matchday three of the new Tolchards Devon League season after they recorded a magnificent 10 wicket A Division win over Chudleigh.

Just seven days after one of the batting strips at Budleigh’s picturesque Ottermouth ground saw 18 wickets fall for just over 100 runs, there were over 400 runs scored in the sun for the loss of just two wickets!

Budleigh skipper Trevor Anning won the toss and invited the visiting side to bat first, but, beneath blue skies and on a firm track, it was the bat that ruled over ball from the first delivery to the final one on the day!

Chudleigh closed on 205-2 after their 50 overs with the only success with the ball for the home side coming from change bowlers Joel Murphy (1-35 from 10) and James Leat (1-39 from 10). Ed Foreman scored a century for Chudleigh – he eventually fell to a Steve Booth catch off Murphy - and that other wicket to fall was when a Leat delivery got through the guard of Alex Haywood and knocked his stumps over. If there was little joy for the home bowlers, then, after tea, there was not an inkling of joy for the Chudleigh bowlers as home openers Marc Trotman and skipper Anning saw their side to a perfect, unblemished success.

Anning was unbeaten on 116 at the close and Trotman had an unbeaten 76 to his name as Budleigh got home with five overs and five balls to spare.

On Saturday (May 26) Budleigh travel to meet fourth in the table Plympton, who sit four points and four places better off than the Ottermouth men in the early season A Division table.

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