Crash bang Arnold hits 35-ball century in Woodbury win

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 May 2012

Exmouth batsman Max Curtis pictured at the crease against North Devon at the Maer on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 1165-21-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Exmouth batsman Max Curtis pictured at the crease against North Devon at the Maer on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 1165-21-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Woodbury take top billing after match day four of the Francis Clark Devon League after they set a new league record for the highest team score.

Their Town Lane wicket was a batsman’s paradise as they chalked up a whopping 407-4 with former Exmouth all-rounder Richard Arnold blasting a magical unbeaten century off just 35 deliveries! It was all in a winning cause too, as visitors Newton St Cyres were bowled out for 131.

Exmouth bagged a second successive victory with a maximum points triumph at Plymouth where they powered their way to 269-7 with the top order all contributing. David Lye then picked up three wickets and Max Curtis a brace as the home side were bowled out for 168 in the 42nd over.

No such joy for Budleigh though as they slipped to a second successive top flight defeat, beaten by two wickets at Sandford. The Creedy Park side bowled Budleigh out for 210 in the 49th over. Bob Dawson and James Burke both hit half centuries, but, from 102-1 they slumped to 153-6 before rallying to 186-7 only for the tail to fold. Despite a four wicket haul from Dawson the Mid Devon men got home with three-and-a-half overs and two wickets to spare.

Clyst St George are still without a C Division win after a nine wicket humbling at Bideford where they were hustled out for 123 with Chris Ferro (45) and 37 extra’s in their total! Bideford sailed home losing just one wicket.

Topsham St James were celebrating double delight with both their XI’s winning their first games of the season. The 1st XI won at previously one hundred per cent E Division table toppers Bridestowe where they batted first and were bowled out for 185 with Sam Skinner (52) and Theo Miller (40) the top scorers. However, that seemingly below-par total was more than enough with skipper Ross Treleaven taking 5-29 to help bowl the hosts out for 138.

In 2nd XI cricket Exmouth II suffered a heavy Premier Division defeat at The Maer, beaten by 132 runs by visiting Plymouth II. Ollie Dawe, Nick Bolt and Matt Tarry shared the wicket taking duties as Plymouth, batting first, reached 277 with their opener hitting 182 of them! The reply floundered on 145. Budleigh II were hammered at home by Sandford II who bowled them out for 172 and then knocked them off without losing a wicket! The Ottermouth men have now lost all three of their 2nd XI, second tier matches, this term.

Clyst St George II went down by six wickets at home to Yelverton II and they are another side yet to taste anything other than defeat.

Topsham St James 2nd XI enjoyed success for the first time in a long while. After restricting visiting Cheriton Fitzpaine II to 170-7, the Saints eased home for the loss of just four wickets led over the line by an unbeaten 38 from Neil Argyle and a 28 not out from Will Pratt.

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