Exmouth suffer double disappointment

PUBLISHED: 13:19 07 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:19 07 August 2018

Exmouth skipper Bob Dawson in action at Exeter. Picture: GERRY HUNT

Exmouth skipper Bob Dawson in action at Exeter. Picture: GERRY HUNT

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Exmouth suffered a miserable weekend of double disappointment as they were thrashed in the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division on Saturday and then crashed out of the national T20 competition on Sunday when they were well beaten by Penzance.

Exmouth's Billy Rudolph bowling in the game at Exeter. Picture: GERRY HUNTExmouth's Billy Rudolph bowling in the game at Exeter. Picture: GERRY HUNT

On Saturday, in their top flight game at Exeter, the Maer men were on the receiving end of a new Premier Division batting record as the home side dished out a huge 226-run defeat.

Ben Green and skipper Alex Barrow put on 66 for the first wicket before Rob Holman joined Green

The previous best for the second wicket in the Premier Division was the 230 compiled by Faizan Riaz and Jamie Walsh for Plymouth against Exeter last season.

David Lye was the lone wicket-taker for the Maer men with his figures being 1-54 from 10 overs.

Exmouth's Billy Rudolph bowling in the game at Exeter. Picture: GERRY HUNTExmouth's Billy Rudolph bowling in the game at Exeter. Picture: GERRY HUNT

No fewer than seven bowlers were used as Exmouth skipper Bob Dawson rang the changes in the sweltering heat at the County Ground.

After spending the afternoon chasing leather in the heat, it was hardly surprising that the Maer men did not have the strength to make a decent fist of the run chase as they were bundled out for 127 in one ball shy of 29 overs. Dan Pyle top scored with a run-a-ball 25 – all but one of which were scored in boundaries – and the ‘best of the rest’ was the knock of 18 by number two bat Billy Rudolph.

On Sunday, facing Penzance in the first game of the Area Finals Day at the Maer ground, Exmouth skipper Bob Dawson won the toss and opted to bat first, but apart from his own knock (the side’s top offering of 39 from 35 balls) and the 36 from 33 hit by Andrew Buzza, only opener Sandy Allen, with 29, made it into double figures as Exmouth were restricted to 123-5 from their 20 overs.

When Penzance replied, George Greenway struck twice in the early stages with Andrew Buzza and Alvin Pollard holding catches, but, from 23-2, the Cornish side roared home to win by seven wickets with six overs to spare!

Exmouth's Andrew Buzza attempts to run out Exeter's Rob Holman. Picture: GERRY HUNTExmouth's Andrew Buzza attempts to run out Exeter's Rob Holman. Picture: GERRY HUNT

Callum French bagged the other wicket to fall – but his two overs also went for 33 runs.

The others to bowl were David Lye (0-35 from four overs), Andrew Buzza (0-19 from three), Alvin Pollard (0-12 from two) and George Greenway finished with figures of 2-19 from his three overs.

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