Exmouth denied by Sidmouth but unbeaten run continues.
PUBLISHED: 10:30 08 June 2011
EXMOUTH remain one of just two top flight sides to be undefeated in the Francis Clark Devon League after a losing draw in their Maer ground meeting with Sidmouth.
What the draw between the sides occupying the second and third sports in the table means is that leaders North Devon have a twelve point lead at the summit after they were eight wicket winners at home to Bovey Tracey.
Sidmouth batted first and had a century stand for the opening wicket before it was ended by James Tapper who was one of only two Exmouth bowlers to take wickets, his two at a cost of 85 runs from 15 overs whilst Anthony Radunovic claimed 2-23 from three overs as Sidmouth closed on 260-5.
Exmouth needed a good start and lost their first wicket on 47 but pacing the run chase proved a little too difficult on the day and the reply close don 238-7.
David Lye was once again the provider of the largest contribution, his 92 ball stay at the crease realised him 72 runs and skipper Richard Baggs hit a six and five fours in a 37 ball stay that saw him hit 46.
The game was also honoured with an exceptional piece off fielding by Exmouth’s Barney Huxtable to see the end of Anthony Griffiths.
So five games into the season and Exmouth sit third in then table a point behind Sidmouth and thirteen short of leaders North Devon.
This coming Saturday Exmouth travel to meet a Plympton side who are yet to win a league game and who sit in the bottom two.
However on Sunday they managed to chase down an imposing 308 to beat hosts Bradninch in a Devon Senior Cup tie and so will be keen to take that form in to the league campaign and land that elusive first success.
Barney Huxtable, who scored 41 from the openers berth in the game against Sidmouth starred for his North Devon league side in a big victory on Sunday.
Huxtable thumped 91 to help lead Braunton to become the first side to inflict a Division One defeat on Newton Tracey this season.