Budleigh woes continue

PUBLISHED: 10:01 04 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:06 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH slid into the bottom three of the Francis Clark Devon League after a strange game against Sandford that could have gone either way during the closing stages.

BUDLEIGH slid into the bottom three of the Francis Clark Devon League after a strange game against Sandford that could have gone either way during the closing stages.The visitors batted first and were bowled out for 174 with Matt Webb once more amongst the wickets, taking 4-50. The Mid Devon side had seemed on their way to a greater score for, with six wickets to play with, they were on 145-4, but the middle order and tail could not muster too many more, leaving the home side with a target that was surely within their batting capabilities.However, wickets fell at regular intervals in the reply with only Sandy Allen (35) and Neil Murrin (26), making any real impression at the top of the order. With the run chase seemingly in a spot of bother at 122-7, it was left to what is becoming a profitable and reliable duo for the side, Matt Webb and Mike Cliff, to settle the reply down and look for victory.Webb hit an unbeaten 31 as he and Cliff put on 38 for the 8th wicket. However, when Cliff departed, with a dozen needed to force victory from as many deliveries, but with just two wickets to play with, the home side settled for the draw.Next up is a visit from second placed Plympton, then they visit new boys Bradninch, after which they will certainly hope to have closed the gap between themselves, and leaders Sidmouth, which currently stands at 39 points.

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