Captain ‘cannon’ Carter gives himself and his team a 138 run salute.

PUBLISHED: 14:55 22 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:55 22 May 2013

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Budleigh’s third match of the season away to Ottery St. Mary saw two teams both sporting perfect starts to the League season with a brace of wins each.

Budleigh won the toss for the first time this season and decided to bat first. This was Budleigh’s first opportunity to get into the crease primarily and set the total for the opposition to chase.

The opening pair of Phil Yolland and James Sharkey unfortunately didn’t last very long with Yolland giving his wicket away very cheaply in the first over, trying to roll a slightly leg-side delivery off his legs on a pace absorbing wicket to get a leading edge, resulting in a very simple catch for the Ottery fieldsman. Sharkey fell soon after to leave Budleigh a troubled 4-2!

Next in was skipper, Ben ‘cannon’ Carter with another of the early season ‘in-form’ batsmen Joe Marley.

The pair set about the Ottery bowling in a style rather akin to the Indian Premier League cricket!

Carter gracefully smashed his way to a 77-ball half century!

Marley was not to be left out and he eased his way to a third successive league half century before being dismissed for 54.

Carter and Marley had added 122 for the third wicket to put Budleigh in charge.

Dan Messom was the next man in for Budleigh but he was not at the crease for too long, becoming the third Budleigh batsmen to fall to a catch.

The skipper continued to direct the ball to all parts of the Ottery ground and he was still there at the close of the innings, unbeaten with twelve 4s and five 6s in his splendid innings of 138.

Sean Mills also chipped in with a late cameo of 16 to help see the Budleigh total to a close of 237-7.

The Ottery reply was hit early on by the disciplined opening pairing of Adam Jones and Matt Plowman. Both claimed a pair of wickets and half the Ottery side were back in the pavilion with 108 on the board. The home skipper attempted to drag his side back into the game and the sixth wicket did not fall until 183 was on the board.

Darren Oxland and Sean Mills then found their usual bowling form and started to

tighten things up, Oxland getting two wickets during his spell and Ottery slipped to 226-8 with the home skipper 100 not out. It was a stunning piece of fielding from young Joe Gore that saw the fall of the ninth wicket and the finishing touches to another victory, and a sweet one too, were applied by Ploughman with the penultimate ball of the contest to leave Ottery high and dry and Budleigh the narrow, but deserved victors.

On Saturday Budleigh II host South Devon at Ottermouth looking to make it four from four this season in the B Division.


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