Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton both bag fine victories

PUBLISHED: 10:27 20 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:35 20 May 2018

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Both Exmouth and Budleigh recorded fine wins on match day three of the Tolchards Devon Cricket League season.

Budleigh Salterton take the team honours on matchday three of the new Tolchards Devon League season after they recorded a magnificent 10 wicket A Division win over Chudleigh.

Just seven days after one of the batting strips at Budleigh’s picturesque Ottermouth ground saw 18 wickets fall for just over 100 runs, there were over 400 runs scored in the sun for the loss of just two wickets!

Budleigh skipper Trevor Anning won the toss and invited the visiting side to bat first, but, beneath blues skies and on a firm track, it was the bat that ruled over ball from the first delivery to the final one on the day!

Chudleigh closed on 205-2 after their 50 overs with the only success with the ball for the home side coming from change bowlers Joel Murphy (1-35 from 10) and James Leat (1-39 from 10).

Ed Foreman scored a century for Chudleigh – he eventually fell to a Steve Booth catch off Murphy and that other wicket to fall was when a Leat delivery got through the guard of Alex Haywood and knocked his stumps over.

If there was little joy for the home bowlers, then, after tea, there was not an inkling of joy for the Chudleigh bowlers as home openers Marc Trotman and skipper Anning saw their side to a perfect, unblemished success.

Anning was unbeaten on 116 at the close and Trotman had an unbeaten 76 to his name as Budleigh got home with five overs and five balls to spare.

Across at the Maer ground in Exmouth the news was equally good as the home side chalked up a third straight top flight win as they inflicted a four wicket win over Hatherleigh.

The visitors batted first and were restricted to 198-9 after their 50 overs. Three home bowlers; Billy Rudolph (2-37), Andrew Buzza (2-40) and Bob Dawson (2-44), all claimed a brace of wickets from full shifts of 10 overs and the other wicket takers were Alvin Pollard (1-23 from seven) and David Lye (1-41), each bowling a full shift of 10 overs.

The Exmouth reply was hit with the early loss of Sandy Allen, for two, and David Lye, for three, to leave the Maer men 5-2, but a 93-run partnership for the third wicket between Dan Pyle (22) and Miles Lenygon (128), steadied the ship and, after that superb century from Lenygon – 96 of the runs came in boundaries – it was left to Buzza to hit an unbeaten 25 to see the home side to victory, on that was achieved with four wickets in tact and as many as 13.1 overs still to be sent down!

Make sure of a copy of the Exmouth Journal - out next on Thursday (May 24), for all the local cricket reports and news.

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