Exmouth quickly back to top spot

PUBLISHED: 19:44 11 August 2010 | UPDATED: 19:44 11 August 2010

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Exmouth's bid to return to the top flight of Francis Clark League cricket as Champions is back on track after they banked maximum points in a 145 run victory over Abbotskerswell.

EXMOUTH quickly regained control of their own destiny in terms of the A Division title with a maximum points win at home to Abbotskerswell.

Richard Baggs men had lost top spot the week before when they were surprisingly beaten by Alphington and rivals Heathcoat won to climb above them.

However, good sides always show a response to adversity and Exmouth are most certainly a good side. They powered back to winning ways, beating the Abbots by 145 runs.

David Lye was the architect-in-chief of a Maer ground mauling for the visitors, who chased leather for much of the pre-tea session. Lye cracked an imperious 140, skipper Baggs chipped in with 47 and Andy Buzza struck 39 as the home side closed on 272-6.

After tea it was the turn of Trevor Anning and Paul Warren to take centre stage as both claimed three wicket hauls and Lye completed a fine all-round individual effort with a brace as the visitors were bowled out for 137.

Anning finished with 3-19, Warren’s closing figures were 3-42 and the Lye brace came at a cost of just 12 runs.

News then filtered through of Torquay’s last pair denying Heathcoat and it left Exmouth back in pole position with a four point advantage heading into the final three outings.

Baggs would be the first to admit that promotion is the number one priority and that first landmark will be reached this coming weekend when they bank a fourth points, be that batting or bowling, in the game at Cornwood. Once that is settled then the side can go full steam ahead with regard to going back up to the top flight of Devon County cricket as champions.

After the Cornwood trip they finish their glorious campaign with a trip to Barton and a home game with Torquay, the latter set to be seen by a large crowd to celebrate the return to the top flight, at the Maer on Saturday, August 28.

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