Exmouth slip to first defeat of top flight season.

PUBLISHED: 09:44 16 June 2011

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EXMOUTH slipped to their first defeat of the Francis Clark League, Premier Division season when beaten by five wickets at Plympton.

Batting first, Exmouth did well to recover from losing their first three wickets with just 58 runs on the board to muster a closing total of 221 in the last of their fifty overs.

Opening batsmen Barney Huxtable (11) and Steve Allen (8), both went cheaply but there were runs provided down the order, though, whilst all got themselves in, none went on to make a match defining total.

The highest individual contribution was that of skipper Richard Baggs (40), whilst Anthony Radunovic (38), Lawrence Greenway (32) and David Lye (30), all created some work for the scorers.

When Trevor Anning knocked over the stumps of the Plympton opener it gave Exmouth the perfect start, but, a 77 run partnership for the second wicket put the home side back into the contest, and, led by an unbeaten 86 from their number four bat, they got home with three overs and four balls and five wickets, to spare.

David Lye was the most successful of the Exmouth bowlers with figures of 3-58 from eleven overs and there were wickets to for the skipper and Anning.

The win was Plympton’s first in the top flight this term and leaves Exmouth sitting fifth with 79 points after the first third of the season’s matches.

On Saturday Exmouth travel to Mid Devon to face a Bradninch side who sit one place and two points below them in the table.

After six weeks of the eighteen week season only leaders North Devon have yet to taste defeat and just nineteen points separate third from bottom Heathcoat with fourth placed Sidmouth in what looks set to be a keenly contested Premier Division this season.

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