Exmouth close in on title as top flight ticket is sealed at Cornwood

PUBLISHED: 15:40 18 August 2010

Exmouth batsmen Richard Baggs plays against Heathcoat at the Maer on Saturday.; Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 6357-29-10SH

Exmouth batsmen Richard Baggs plays against Heathcoat at the Maer on Saturday.; Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 6357-29-10SH

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EXMOUTH ended their short stint out of the top flight of Devon County cricket when they claimed their twelfth win in sixteen A Division outings on Saturday.

The first Maer men target of sealing promotion back to the Premier Division has been achieved, but skipper Richard Baggs is not about to let his side rest on their laurels as he wants to go up as Champions.

With title rivals Heathcoat being held up by Barton it means that, with two to play, Exmouth require 30 more points - allowing for Heathcoat banking all 40 they contest in their final two outings - and they will indeed step up with the A Division title in the bag.

Baggs said: “Heathcoat are a good side and admire everything they have done over the last couple of seasons to drag themselves back up through the Divisions and back into the Premier. Over the season, I feel we have been the better side, though, and it would crown it for us going up as champions.”

Trevor Anning was the star of the bowling effort as he claimed another fivefer, finishing with 5-26, whilst Chris Metters took 2-13 and David Lye, whose form with the bat this summer has been a pivotal feature in the run of success this season, took the last two wickets in successive deliveries, as Cornwood were bundled out for just 79.

Miles Lenygon was the only casualty in the reply, losing his stumps for nine with the total on 43. That left Stuart Rintoul (28no) and Lye (20no) to see the visitors to a nine wicket win.

Exmouth finish their season with a final Maer game of the campaign against Barton on Saturday before a final day visit to Torquay. In the earlier season meetings both sides were beaten, Barton by 84 runs and Torquay by 75 runs.

Heathcoat take on Cornwood at Knightshayes on Saturday and wrap up their challenge at South Devon on the final day.

One thing’s for sure, both sides will meet in the top flight next summer when local cricket fans will be treated to a resumption in competition for local bragging rights with the two derby meetings at Exmouth and Budleigh!

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