Exmouth all-rounder Buzza enjoys winning return to Bradninch

PUBLISHED: 10:39 26 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:39 26 August 2018

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Exmouth were 27 run winners when they visited Bradninch for their penultimate Tolchards Devon League Premier Division game of the season.

The win, a ninth of the campaign for the Maer men, was born out of good stands at the top – and the bottom – of the order followed by a good all-round bowling display. Richard Baggs, who began the season skippering the side before ‘dropping’ himself to seek form in the 2nds, made a return to the senior side in style, scoring a 69-ball seven boundary 43 as he and Bob Dawson, who scored a 118-ball five boundary 61, put on 82 for the opening wicket.

There were just 29 runs scored by the five batsmen from number three to number eight, but David Lye, coming in at nine and Andrew Buzza, batting at 10, rescued the side from a troubled 165-8 to their close of 209-8, putting on 44 for the unbroken ninth wicket. Lye was not out 27, with three fours and a six during his 29 delivery stay at the wicket and Buzza, returning then Bradninch for the first time since he made the switch between the clubs, scored 25, slamming two sixes in a 14-ball stint at the crease.

Billy Rudolph and George Greenway were handed new ball duties by skipper Callum French and both struck early to leave Bradninch 23-3.

Former Exmouth captain Gary Chappell (47) then led a fight back together with Charlie Walker (27) from the home side before a George Greenway inspired run out saw the end of Walker and, when Sandy Allen held a catch off David Lye the reply was 117-5. After Chappell was caught by Joe Hancock catch off Andrew Buzza with the score then 138-6, further wickets fell at regular intervals with the final one taken with Bradninch on 182.

All six of the Exmouth bowlers enjoyed success with Andrew Buzza’s return of 2-20 from seven overs, the pick. The other figures were: Callum French (2-23), Billy Rudolph (2-29), Bob Dawson (1-29), George Greenway (1-34) and David Lye (1-37).

The Maer men complete their season at home to Sidmouth on Saturday.

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