Exmouth part of four-team title battle after Hatherleigh win

PUBLISHED: 11:53 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:53 26 July 2018

Callum French batting for Exmouth at Sidmouth on Saturday. Ref exsp 27 18TI 6827. Picture: Terry Ife

Callum French batting for Exmouth at Sidmouth on Saturday. Ref exsp 27 18TI 6827. Picture: Terry Ife

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Exmouth are very much part of a four-team race to lift the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division title after they secured a comfortable 85 run win on their visit to relegation threatened Hatherleigh.

Exmouth skipper Bob Dawson won the toss and opted to bat and saw runs down the order with the top eight batters all getting into double figures.

However, despite ‘solid’ contributions, no one better the 74-ball six boundary 37 from opening bat Callum French. Fellow opener David Lye was ‘best of the rest’ with his 18-ball, six boundary 26 and there was a contribution of 24 from Andrew Buzza, batting from the number seven berth facing 43 deliveries and hitting three fours. Dan Pyle, at three, and Sandy Allen, in at five, both scored 21 as Exmouth closed on 212-9.

In stark contrast to the Exmouth batting effort, just four of the home batsmen got into double figures as they were eventually bundled out for 127 in 31.3 overs.

Callum French, introduced into the attack as third change, completed a fine all-round afternoon’s work with a return of 3-17 from 5.3 overs and Alvin Pollard also picked up three wickets with his return being 3-23 from six overs.

The other Exmouth bowlers to claim wickets were; David Lye (2-24 from seven) and George Greenway (1-21 from seven).

Exmouth 2nds sit just a single point off top spot in D Division East after a 19-run Maer ground win over North Devon II.

Batting first, the Maer men were bowled out for 190 with the major contributions coming from Sean Day, who hit a 39-ball 48 with eight fours and one six and Luke Davies (25) and Ryan Schaufler (22), plus 29 extras.

North Devon were then bowled out for 171 in 42.4 overs, this after looking set to take the game themselves when on 156-7 when Patrick Hall made the all-important breakthrough.

Hall, who was the third change bowler, finished with the splendid figures of 4-22 from 6.4 overs. There were also two wickets for skipper Lawrence Greenway (2-30 from a full nine overs) and Alex Craib (2-52, also from nine overs).

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