Exmouth's top flight return ticket torn up for this season.

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:40 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH s bid to return to the top flight of Devon County cricket has failed - at least for this season, after they were beaten at home by Braunton who returned to North Devon with 19 points from a six wicket win.

EXMOUTH's bid to return to the top flight of Devon County cricket has failed - at least for this season, after they were beaten at home by Braunton who returned to North Devon with 19 points from a six wicket win.

Batting first, the Maer men were restricted to 159-9 with David Lye continuing his superb form with the side's top score of 76.

Lye was then the most successful of the home bowlers, taking two of the four to fall.

However, the visitors sailed to victory, their ninth of the campaign, condemming the Maer men to a 4th defeat of the season.

The defeat leaves Richard Baggs men down in 5th spot with just 40 points to play for and they go into the penultimate game of the season at home to Brixham on Saturday a full 41 points behind 2nd placed Paignton and four further behind Premier Division bound Braunton.

There were great expectations back in May that Exmouth would climb back into the top flight at the first time of asking.

Few would argue that the facilities and infra-structure at the Maer ground warrant a regular involvement in the Premier Division of the Francis Clark Devon League, but matches are won on the square and not beyond the boundary line and so this season must be regarded as a disappointment.

The spring imports, David Lye and Trevor Anning, have been big successes and skipper Richard Baggs has, once again, given his all for the cause but, at the final reckoning, the side has failed to secure that coveted top flight berth.

Hopefully, that will be adressed so that this time next year Premier Cricket can once again be placed onto the Maer agenda for 2011.

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