Disappointing defeat for the Maer men

PUBLISHED: 09:39 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:15 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH slipped to a disappointing defeat when beaten by Cornwood at home by a margin of just nine runs.

EXMOUTH slipped to a disappointing defeat when beaten by Cornwood at home by a margin of just nine runs.Batting first, the visitor's found the going very difficult, especially with Trevor Anning bowling beautifully to return figures of 4-33 whilst fellow county colleague David Lye took 3-35 and skipper Richard Baggs bagged a brace.One feature of the first innings of the match was the number of extras, in particular wide balls, that the home bowlers sent down and the 28 extras were certainly very evident at the close of play later in the day.The run chase was led by that man Anning who top scored with 36, the skipper chipped in with 34 and there was a useful contribution from Stuart Rintoul (26) but the key element of the post tea play was the performance of visiting bowler Cheema who really is a handful on any day, as he showed with a return of 6-33 as the reply ran out of steam on 147.Skipper Baggs said: "Cheema was the difference and it really was a case of us against him, and to give him due credit, on the day, he won. However, we did not help ourselves and I hope we collectively learn from what is a disappointing result."Baggs was able to draw one huge positive from the contest, saying: "For me, the performance of Lloyd Lowman behind the stumps was a real positive. He played exceptionally well. The result is one we need to take on the chin but, as far as I am concerned, that has to be the end of our charitable cricket. We have now had the two slip ups we perhaps could have factored into forward planning at the start of the campaign and from now on we need to be very positive about everything we do.

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