Exmouth knock Braunton off top spot.

PUBLISHED: 10:01 18 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:11 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH were unable to put one over on table topping Braunton in terms of beating them on the day but they did manage to deny the home side a victory and that cost them the A Division leadership.

EXMOUTH were unable to put one over on table topping Braunton in terms of beating them on the day but they did manage to deny the home side a victory and that cost them the A Division leadership.The home side batted first and, with former England man Mark Lathwell striking a superb century, were able to sail to a closing total of 248-6. Skipper Richard Baggs and Toby Ingham both bagged braces of wickets for Exmouth.When the visitors batted, the run chase was taken on with great enthusiasm and, for some time, it did seem as if the adventurous approach of Baggs and his men would pay dividends.Sadly, wickets fell at vital times and the innings eventually ran out of steam at 221-9. The skipper and David Lye both hit 64 and there was a fine 37 from Stuart Rintoul whilst that man Lathwell claimed four wickets.Returning unbeaten from Braunton was all the more impressive for Exmouth had travelled without the services of Chris Jelley, Chris Arnold, Richard Arnold and Lloyd Clarke whilst Trevor Anning was hampered by a bad back.So the Maer ground men are sat in fifth spot after seven of the eighteen matchdays this season. Next up they meet a Cornwood side who travel to East Devon sitting just one place above the drop zone although, with the bottom two already somewhat marooned, Cornwood will arrive sitting 24 points clear of the bottom two having beaten one of them, Brixham, last weekend.The following week sees the League campaign reach the half way stage of the season.

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