Exmouth hit top spot in Francis Clark Devon League top flight

PUBLISHED: 09:53 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:53 11 July 2013

Exmouth action from the game at Bradninch

Exmouth action from the game at Bradninch

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Exmouth claimed a seventh win in ten Francis Clark Devon league to flight games as they beat hosts Bradninch by 33 runs.

Devon pair Seb Benton and Trevor Anning both hit half-centuries as Exmouth made 259 for six in their 50 overs.

Exmouth went off smartly with Baggs and Sandy Allen putting on 73 in the first 14 overs.

Baggs went for 20 – caught behind off Will Squire – but Allen carried on to reach 48 with eight fours before Paul Nott (2-43) prised him out.

Benton and David Lye (28) put on 45 for the next wicket, then Dan Hardy struck twice to remove Lye and Andy Buzza as Exmouth slowed briefly to 147 for four.

A partnership of 57 between Benton and Anning for the fifth wicket was topped up by 35 more from Anning and former Bradninch skipper Gary Chappell (19) before the overs ran out.

Bradninch opener Jackson Thompson was in and out for 14 by the end of the second over, followed by Hardy (11) and Greg Maher (9) in a running total of 48 for three.

Skipper Tim Piper (35) showed some application and in stands of 44 with Street and 28 with Acton made inroads into the target.

The problem was Bradninch were well behind the clock as Chappell (1-33), Jamie Tapper (0-28) and Toby Ingham (2-32) applied the brake.

When Acton was out with six overs to go the target was 65 to win and that was always beyond reach.

Exmouth skipper Richard Baggs said: “We batted reasonably well, if a little slowly., but I thought our collective effort in the field was abysmal. We can, and will, field much better than that, it was certainly below standard for us. I did think Toby (Ingham), bowled well, that was a big plus for us.”

The win and a second defeat in three games for Bovey Tracey beaten by six wickets at Exeter, leaves Richard Baggs side sitting two points clear at the top of the table.

On Saturday the Maer men host Sidmouth in the Match of the Day and the outcome will surely go a long way to seeing which of the two might finish as champions in just eight weeks time when the season ends.

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