Conway tears into Exeter middle order.

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

Budleigh's Hammad Azam racks up the score against Sidmouth at the Ottermouth on Saturday.

Budleigh's Hammad Azam racks up the score against Sidmouth at the Ottermouth on Saturday.


Budleigh travelled to bottom of the table Exeter on Saturday and came away with a winning draw, writes Lloyd White.

Budleigh showed what they were made of as 2 key players were unavailable. Devon all-rounder Bob Dawson was away at a wedding and batsman-keeper-captain Sandy Allen was work tied leaving the top order batting rather fragile, without a wicketkeeper and a new combination at top of the order for the first time in 8 games.

In came 2nd XI Keeper Nathan Hardy on debut and young all-rounder Matt Plowman. James Burke was also available to boost the batting and slotted in at the number three position. Exeter won the toss and opted to field as new pair James Sharkey and Ian Bishop opened the batting.

After 2 overs both openers were back in the hutch with Ian Bishop being caught behind first ball of spinner Adam Gribble. James Sharkey was bowled at the other end by left armer Tshepo Legodi as the Otters were in trouble at 0-2. Batters James Burke and Hammad Azam found themselves at the crease a little earlier than what they had expected but showed their true class by putting on 80 for the 3rd wicket. Azam once again looked true class as he blasted the ball to all parts and looked set for a big score. However Azam then perished as he hit a John Tipper delivery straight to mid off.

Lloyd White was then adjudged caught behind of Adam Gribble for four however a stand of 42 between Joel Murphy and Burke put Budleigh back on track. Murphy was then caught at cover trying to sweep but Burke continued to look imperious.

Lloyd Murrin then looked good as he stroked 23 until hitting a simple catch to cover as a burst of wickets took Budleigh to 9-190. Last pair Neil Murrin and Aaron Conway used up nearly 10 overs to take the life out of the struggling Exeter bowlers and ensured that Exeter would not get any extra overs in which to score the runs. Budleigh finished on 205 all out.

Exeter opened up with James Parkin and Tyrone Kent as Budleigh struggled to make the breakthrough on the flat wicket. The pair reached 65 for the first wicket inside 19 overs until Aaron Conway bowled Parkin for 32. Conway playing his first year of Adult 1st XI Premier Cricket bowled with great control and accuracy in a mammoth 15 over spell. Conway then ripped out the middle order as he had Kent, Graham White and Mike Wilkinson all to his name and finished with 4-46. This left Exeter at 5-144. Azam came back for a second spell after failing to take a brace in his first, and grabbed James Street LBW and Tshepo Legodi caught behind by the diving Hardy. With Exeter 179-7, both results were still possible however Exeter’s tail were unable to hit the final few runs and Budleigh’s bowlers were unable to take the final few wickets meaning a winning draw for the seasiders. Budleigh have taken 53 points from the last 60 available as things look good for this week’s fixture against Bovey Tracey. Team changes are likely with Bob Dawson and Sandy Allen likely to come straight back in.

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