Budleigh slide nearer the drop.

PUBLISHED: 10:01 20 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:40 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH went down by 23 runs at fellow Premier strugglers Bradninch on Saturday and, at stumps, it was the 34 extra s dished up by the visiting bowlers that played a big part in the Ottermouth men s downfall.

BUDLEIGH went down by 23 runs at fellow Premier strugglers Bradninch on Saturday and, at stumps, it was the 34 extra's dished up by the visiting bowlers that played a big part in the Ottermouth men's downfall.

The home side batted first and all but one of their batsmen, from the openers down to number nine, got into double figures as the Mid Devon side closed on 190-9 after their 50 overs.

It needed a good start to get Budleigh into a winning position and skipper Ian Bishop was quite superb, spanking 55 before falling to left armer Gary Chappell. Bishop and Sandy Allen (24) put on 55 for the first wicket, but, once the pair were back in the pavilion, wickets tumbled at regular intervals with only Matt Webb (13) reaching double figures until the final pair came to the wicket.

With the score board on 134-9 it seemed a heavy defeat was on the cards, but that was when Leat and Starkey got stuck in and the pair both reached double figures, Leat eventually being bowled for 19, whilst young Starkey trooped off with an unbeaten 10 to his name and the side went down by just 23 runs, thanks to that excellent last wicket stand that added 33 runs.

Budleigh secretary Keith Curran said: "We were missing Bob Dawson, Omari Banks and Ian Taylor at Bradninch and so, to bring seven points back is a reasonable return. We got a real captain's effort from Ian Bishop with his splendid half century. On the negative side, we dished up some erratic bowling and the 27 wides in a total of 34 extras, were something that came back to haunt us at stumps. The positive, the skippers knock apart, was young Sharkey, who got rid of their best batsman, Richard Foan, and the youngster also batted so well at number ten. Fortunately, the teams around us in the lower reaches registered similar results and so things remain very similar going into the penultimate game at home to Torquay.

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