Exmouth suffer disappointment at Bovey Tracey

PUBLISHED: 11:35 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:35 02 July 2015

Richard Baggs at the non-strikers end

Richard Baggs at the non-strikers end

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Exmouth suffered a disappointing defeat to Bovey Tracey and arrived at the halfway mark in the Tolchards Devon league Premier Division campaign sitting sixth, some 32 points behind leaders North Devon.

The disappointment was compounded as they went down by four wickets to a Bovey Tracey side without their overseas star, Zimbabwean all-rounder Malcolm Lake, who has already sailed past 500 league runs this season.

Exmouth batted first opener Sandy Allen and David Lye got Exmouth up to 66 for one after the early departure of skipper Richard Baggs, whose lean run in the league continued. Lye was second man out for a 29-ball knock of 32 and he was swifty followed by Allen for 32. That was followed by a flurry of wickets as Bob Dawson (8), Gary Chappell (2) and Trevor Anning (0) were all returned to the pavilion to leave the Maer men

Jon Evennett (14) and Marquis Clarke (15) attempted some form of a revival, adding 29, the seventh wicket, but both fell in quick succession and the last three of Finn Marks, Alvin Pollard and Jack England could muster just three between them as Exmouth were bowled out for 116 in 29.4 overs.

Typical of the Exmouth character they refused to conceded despite the low total and they claimed six wickets through Clarke (3), Chappell (2) and Anning (1), reducing the home side to 75-6 after 17 overs. However, that was as good as it got and Bovey Tracey did not lose another wicket easing themselves to a four wicket win.

Skipper Baggs accepted his side were below par on the day, but refuted any suggestion that the defeat had ended their title hopes. Baggs said: “There’s a long way to go and we can still win it. At Bovey, for us to go from 70 for one to 116 all out is just not good enough. Then, at 40 for five, we let them off the hook. We did not show enough intensity and basically were not good enough. It was our worst display all year.”

On Saturday the Maer men begin the second half of the Tolchards League campaign with a home meeting with Exeter. The week after they take on North Devon at Instow and then face Sidmouth which means the next three weeks could well determine just how successful this league term can be for Baggs and his men.


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