Cliff claims four wickets as Exmouth march on.

PUBLISHED: 10:33 09 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:11 18 June 2010

EXMOUTH continued their excellent start to the season with a 130 run win at Abbotskerswell.

EXMOUTH continued their excellent start to the season with a 130 run win at Abbotskerswell.

The comfortable success keeps the Maer men at the top of the A Division and, after one third of the 2010 season has now been completed, are bang on course for a return to the top flight of County Cricket.

Such was the all-round dominance enjoyed by Exmouth in South Devon that skipper Richard Baggs was able to call his batsmen back to the Pavilion with five of their overs still to be faced.

Baggs clearly considered his side's 259-5 to be plenty to claim another victory and he was spot on for his side did not use a single added over, indeed they had the hosts last batsman on his way back and the stumps drawn with 15 overs of the match un-bowled!

Knowing the declaration wasn't far away, but not knowing exactly how close he was to a century, top scorer David Lye ran down the wicket going for a big hit and was stumped for 97.

"Had I known I was that close I might have been a bit more patient," said a rueful Lye.

Stuart Rintoul (67) and Lye put on 160 for the second wicket before Rintoul departed to a run-out. Greg Doyle took over and he cracked a rapid-fire 23.

The home side were a respectable 44-2 but slipped to 57-6 from which point it was merely a matter of time.

Former Budleigh pace man Mike Cliff claimed a four wicket haul, Lye completed an outstanding contribution to the cause with a brace of wickets and there was also a two wicket haul from Trevor Anning.

Next up for Exmouth is this Saturday's hom emeeting with Cornwood who were beaten by South Devon last weekend.

Baggs and his men will be wary of the visitor's but also go into the game knowing that if they play through the second and third rhirds of the campaign as they appraoched the opening third, then they will return to the promised land of Premier Division cricket after a two year absence.

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