Burton batters Tavistock - then it's bright for Budleigh

PUBLISHED: 14:09 29 June 2010 | UPDATED: 14:09 29 June 2010

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On a glorious summers afternoon Budleigh seconds entertained Tavistock in a clash between the teams in 3rd and 4th places. Home skipper Ian Taylor won the toss and elected to bat on a glorious looking batting strip prepared by groundsman Pete Dellar. James Burton making his season opener due to golf commitments went out with youngster Elliot Rice. The pair made a fantastic start for the otters taking the score along to 67 without loss after 15 overs. Burton looked in fine form and Rice got better as his runs started to flow with one fantastic shot through extra cover for 4. At the half way stage Burton had reached his 50 with ease and Budleigh were nicely placed on 112 without loss. Tavistock made their first breakthrough with 20 overs to go with young off spinner Stephens bowling Rice for 30. Number 3 Greg Marks came and went going caught at slip with Budleigh on 127 for 2. Young batter Alex Richardson was given chance to bat at number 4 with a few players absent and he played positively from off along with Burton. The Tavistock bowlers were struggling by this time and both batters were batting with ease and balls flying to all parts, Burton reached his 100 with 8 overs to go. The final 8 overs saw some big hitting with Richardson making his 50 and Burton finishing on 147 not out. Budleigh closed on 256 for 2. Budleigh had a new opening attack of Nathan Bright after injury and Darren Oxland making his season debut. Early breakthroughs for both Bright bowling the Tavy opener and Oxland having dangerman Gibbs caught by Taylor at short leg left Tavys chase in Tatters at 31 for 2. Tavy moved along to 51 before Bright picked up his second wicket with a fantastic catch by youngster James England at point. Taylor turned to spin options Burton, Marks and Rob Newing and they all delivered. They tied down the Batsman with only Phil Stephens making 39 giving any hope to Tavy. Burton picked up 1 wicket, Newing 3 and Marks 2. Tavy were bowled out for 108 with 20 overs to go. Skipper Taylor reflected afterwards” this was a very professional performance. In all areas we performed today, our fielding was outstanding, our batters put us in a great position, with all bowlers then contributing too!! Sam Conway kept for the first time today and did a great job, we had six colts playing today which shows the club is heading in a right direction, we may have a few selection problems next week as its impossible to leave players who have performed so well today, its a great position to be in”

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