Cricket season coming to close

PUBLISHED: 12:37 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:32 10 June 2010

P4408-26-08SH Budleigh bowler Ian Bishop in full flight against Exmouth at the Otter mouth ground on Saturday
Picture by Simon Horn.

P4408-26-08SH Budleigh bowler Ian Bishop in full flight against Exmouth at the Otter mouth ground on Saturday Picture by Simon Horn.

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THE weather was the winner yet again as rain wiped out almost all the Devon League programme for the second weekend in a row. Exmouth, desperate for points in their struggle to avoid relegation, were rained off against Plympton.

THE weather was the winner yet again as rain wiped out almost all the Devon League programme for the second weekend in a row.Exmouth, desperate for points in their struggle to avoid relegation, were rained off against Plympton.The pressure is on Exmouth to get a result at Sandford this Saturday to move ahead of Paignton and out of the bottom two in the Premier Division.Budleigh Salterton, chasing Sidmouth at the top end of the table in a three-horse race for the Premier Division title, got no play in against their rivals in what was an eagerly awaited derby clash.The other contenders for the title are Plympton, who visit Ottermouth this Saturday.There was no play at all in any of the games involving Clyst St George or Woodbury.Woodbury 1st XI are at home to Exeter Civil Service on Saturday. Their 2nd XI go to Uplyme.Devon's season ended on a low note when they went down by 153 runs in a rain-affected game against Shropshire at Instow.Budleigh bowlers Ian Bishop (4-82) and Rob Newman (3-47) were Devon's brightest bowlers as Shropshire made 348 for eight in their only innings.There was no play at all on the second day, meaning Devon were left to make 349 to win on the third and final day.Budleigh's Sandy Allen (64) gave Devon a start, but only James Hudson (64) offered any support as spinner Andy Gray (8-59) bowled the home side out for 195.Bishop made a bright and breezy 27 in the final overs of the game, Devon's last three -day matchEAST Devon U11s returned from a four-day trip to the Channel Islands with a string of impressive results, winning four of their five games and losing just one.John Gush managed the tour party, James Hope travelled as coach, Mark Stanbury as scorer and Exmouth's Steve Bolt went to umpire. The side played matches against Guernsey, Dorset and Jersey. The opening match of the tour was played at Port Soif in Guernsey and the tourists batted first, scoring 225 for two, led by a magnificent century from Jack Maunder (Heathcoat), who retired after reaching his ton.Skipper Marcus Hoddinott (Exeter) chipped in with an unbeaten 44.Guernsey found it hard going against accurate bowling. James Vanstone (Thorverton) returned the best figures with two for 14. Against Dorset B the tourists batted first and yet again young Maunder was on form, striking a fluent 67 before being run out. Henry Gater (Sidmouth) hit 53 and Dan Powell (Sidmouth) chipped in with 39. James Vanstone, Dominic Bess (Sidmouth), Nick Bolt (Exmouth) and Jack Malden (Ottery St Mary) then took wickets to leave Dorset 131 for six in reply.This was a low-scoring affair, in which 16 wickets fell for just 108 runs. Batting first, and certainly facing the worst of the bowler-friendly conditions, East Devon were bundled out for just 52. Malden made 10 whilst Gater, batting at number nine, top scored with an unbeaten 11. When Jersey went out to bat, they found it hard to get the ball off the square as the tourists' bowlers served up some excellent line and length. Sam Boddington (Thorverton) produced a great spell of bowling of seven overs to return figures of 3-3! Vanstone and Bess also bagged a wicket each but the Channel Islanders got home by four wickets.The final day saw two matches played with contests either side of lunch. In the morning Guernsey batted first and were hustled out for a paltry 35 with five different East Devon bowlers claiming wickets. Maunder led the way (4-14). Other wickets fell to Boddington (2-5), Bolt (2-6), Vanstone (1-5) and Kieran Vinnicombe (Sandford), who took 1-0.The tourists lost early wickets in reply, but from 39 for three unbeaten knocks from Bess (14no) and Gater (17no) saw them home by seven wickets.East Devon batted first after lunch and made a tidy 156 for three, led by Maunder (68) and Powell (28).Bess (4-24), together with Vanstone (2-8) and Vinnicombe (2-26), combined to bowl the hosts out for 60.The tour party also included Hamish Culling, Bradley Gibbins and Billy Reed, all of Ottery St Mary, and Harry Skinner (Exeter).THREE former Test stars are included in Somerset's squad for the MJ Baker Foodservice Twenty20 challenge match against Devon at Budleigh Satlerton on Bank Holiday Monday (2.30pm).Fans' favourite Marcus Trescothick, the former England opener, will be captaining the side in the third and last fund-raiser for youth cricket in Devon.Also in the Somerset side are Ian Blackwell, another ex-Test player, and West Indian Omari Banks.Banks will have no problems finding his way to Ottermouth as he has been playing Devon League cricket for Budleigh when his Somerset commitments permit.Somerset have found time over the past two years to fit in lucrative Twenty20 games against Devon and Cornwall to help the youth departments in both counties.Money raised from the matches has been siphoned into the youth cricket coffers in both counties, who are around £10,000 better off to date.This is the last year of the agreement to play the matches, which was brokered by former Somerset chief executive Peter Anderson shortly before he retired from the County Ground hot seat in 2005.Match tickets are priced at £5 each. They can be purchased through the Devon Cricket Board website (www.devoncricket.co.uk) or from the Exmouth Tackle Shop on The Strand, Budleigh Salterton Tourist Information Centre, or the sports hall at the University of Exeter. Devon will be one player short of a full-strength T20 side as Sidmouth big hitter Neil Hancock will be missing.Hancock, who is suffering from a knee injury, is playing on Saturday in a league game for his Premier title-chasing Sidmouth side and for them in the Devon Cup final at Exeter on Sunday. His worry is that his knee won't stand up to three big games in as many days.Devon: R J Holman (Exeter), A P W Allen, R I Dawson, S Spoljaric (all Budleigh), D F Lye (Sandford), J J Bess (Sidmouth), R J Newman (Budleigh), T S Anning (Sandford), I E Bishop (Budleigh), S Barlow (Sidmouth).Somerset (from): M E Trescothick, N J Edwards, J C Hildreth, I D Blackwell, W J Durston P D Trego, O A C Banks, C M Gazzard, B J Phillips, M L Turner, C M Willoughby, P S Jones.CLYST St George captain Graham White has resigned after collecting a five-match ban at a Devon League disciplinary hearing.White was summoned to answer allegations made in the umpires' reports about his behaviour during the match against Bideford last month.On a charge of showing dissent towards the umpires, White pleaded guilty and was banned for three matches. On a charge of using offensive language, a further two-week ban was imposed.Clyst St George had four points deducted from their team total, in line with league rules.Opposite number James Ford was also up before the bench of bat and ball, although both charges against him were dismissed.An angry White said the disciplinary procedures followed by the league are stacked against players, who have to prove their innocence rather than have guilt proven against them."The disciplinary panel works within very inflexible parameters" said White."I feel that you are considered guilty of all charges unless you can prove yourself innocent."I was entirely honest and open with the panel and admitted dissent and use of bad language."But this admission, my apology and prior good record were apparently not considered mitigating."The new captain is opening batsman Peter Andrews, whose first game in charge is against Axminster this Saturday.

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