Budleigh slip to another defeat and again look troubled at the foot of the table

PUBLISHED: 09:53 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:53 11 July 2013


It was a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s Show’ for Budleigh as they slipped to a three wicket defeat at the hands of fellow Premier Division strugglers Cornwood.

The defeat, just seven days after Joel Murphy’s men had beaten title chasing Sidmouth,

The loss leaves Budleigh rock bottom and they are now 23 points adrift of second bottom Cornwood.

Budleigh were undone by another overseas star as Cornwood’s Pakistani all-rounder Asif Raza took four for 34, tearing the heart of the Budleigh middle order and this left the Ottermouth men eventually posting a score of 209-8.

Asif then steered Cornwood home with the bat, compiling a businesslike 75 not out to clinch victory with eight balls to spare.

Budleigh had looked good at 91 for one when James Burke was dismissed Elliot Staddon for a patient 33 off 86 balls.

Bob Dawson was still going strong and was on 73 when Matt Butterworth got him out at 143 for two.

The runs kept coming for a while from Eliot Rice (34) and Kiwi Stuart Langridge, both of whom were eventually picked off by skipper Jason Hall (2-24).

Raza’s second spell proved decisive as he removed Jack Dart five balls in, the followed up with former Cornwood player Matt Kidd then Dickie Arnold first ball before dispatching Lloyd White.

Cornwood got a decent start through Ryan Rickard (28) and Chris Parker – both fell to Joel Murphy (3-26) – which brought Asif in at 60 for two.

Mark Horwell and Hall went in successive balls to Bob Dawson as Cornwood wobbled to 64 for four.

A stand of 87 between Asif and Matt Skeemer, who earlier bowled seven tight overs for just 18 runs, got Cornwood back on track.

Burke (2-31) and the retuning Murphy caused mild alarm in the home camp as Skeemer, Duncan Boase and Staddon went in a running total of 180 for seven, but Asif and Butterworth (17no) stayed calm.

On Saturday host a North Devon side who have suddenly found some form and afer that it looms to be a ‘must win’ game when they entertain Bradninch on July 20.

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