Cliff sees Exmouth over the line
PUBLISHED: 22:26 19 June 2011
EXMOUTH claimed a penultimate over victory when they travelled to Bradninch in their latest Francis Clark Devon league, Premier Division game.
It was former Bradninch colt Mike Cliff who returned to his former club to become the Exmouth star.
Batting at number eight, Cliff struck an unbeaten 21 as he and Lawrence Greenway (19no) put on 41 for the unbroken seventh wicket to see the Maer men to victory.
The home side batted first and Exmouth skipper Richard Baggs shuffled his bowling attack to provide variety.
The concept worked as Toby Ingham, Trevor Anning, Anthony Radunovic, David Lye and the skipper himself, all claimed wickets.
Baggs returned the best figures with 3-23 from his dozen overs whilst Lye and Radunovic both bagged braces of wickets as Bradninch were bowled out in the final one of their 40 overs in a rain reduced match, for 132.
Losing Steve Allan leg before to left armer Ross Acton without a run on the board, was not the sort of start Baggs would have wished for but Lye (29) and Barney Huxtable (22) steadied the ship, putting on 55 for the second wicket. Baggs then struck 21 before he fell to a catch behind and, when Acton struck to claim the wickets of Radunovic and Anning in quick succession, it looked as if Exmouth may have a battle on their hands.
That was the call for Lawrence Greenway and Mike Cliff to come together and the pair batted with great discipline to see their side over the line with an over to spare at 133-6.
The nineteen point haul takes Exmouth into third spot where they sit 25 points short of leaders North Devon who were five wicket winners at Plymouth.
This weekend, the penultimate matchday of the first half of the top flight season, Exmouth host the leaders in what looks a mouth watering meeting – one not to miss. The action begins at the Maer ground at 1pm.