Budleigh's big-hitting overseas star all set to make debut

PUBLISHED: 10:42 22 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:42 22 May 2015

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Budleigh Salterton’s big-hitting Zimbabwean Cephas Zhuwao will make his belated debut against Barton this Saturday.

Zhuwo – nicknamed the ‘Big Bully’ for his robust approached to batting - plundered 1,437 runs at 58.92 in all formats for Thames Valley League club Eversley in 2013.

He smashed 119 off 36 balls playing for the Lashings World XI that same summer, reducing bowlers to quivering wrecks.

One player, currently plying his trade in the Tolchards Devon League who has played in the same team as Budleigh’s new man is Bradninch 2nd XI seamer Kevin Manning.

The Exeter University student, a club mate of Zhuwao at Eversley, says: “He hits the ball a long way. We had a real issue with lost balls and so, in a bid to ease the number we were losing we had a special contraption made that would enable us to fish balls he had slammed into the local stream out! There was also once instance when one of the club players had got himself a new car and parked it in the car park only for Cephas to put a ball through the windscreen the very day the poor chap got the car! Yes, ‘Big Bully’ is both a very nice lad, certainly a real character and a player who hits a cricket ball a long, long way. The good folk at Budleigh will have some fun with hi this summer.”

And after last Saturday’s disaster against Cornwood, Budleigh captain Lloyd White will be relieved the visa problems that delayed Zhuwao’s arrival have been sorted out.

Cornwood reach 219 for eight in 50 overs, then Budleigh plunged from 53 for one to 73 for eight in reply on their way to 86 all out.

Budleigh are confident their ground will be fit this week after waterlogging forced them to borrow a school ground for the 2nd XI fixture last Saturday.

“There are one or two damp spots on the outfield, but the wicket is fine and the game will go ahead,” said chairman Neil Rice.

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