Exmouth talke the 2nd XI derby honours
PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:40 10 June 2010
THE disappointment at the Maer ground on the failure of the 1st XI to return to the promised land of the Premier Division was masked by delight at the result the club s 2nd XI achieved at neighbours Budleigh Salterton.
THE disappointment at the Maer ground on the failure of the 1st XI to return to the promised land of the Premier Division was masked by delight at the result the club's 2nd XI achieved at neighbours Budleigh Salterton.
The meeting of the club's second strings was seen very much as a relegation dog fight with the losers seemingly destined to slip into the A Division next season and the winners, very much, living to fight another day.
Batting first, Budleigh were no match for the lively visiting bowlers as they slipped to a meagre 82 all out with only Morris (30), troubling the scorers for too long.
Greenway (3-24) and Tapper (2-9), claimed wickets for the visitors who lost just three wickets sailing to victory, with Robbie Debenham top scoring with 43.
Exmouth banked 19 points from the near perfect afternoon and head into Saturday's penultimate game at North Devon with an eight point cushion from the dreaded drop.
The mathematics are very simply, for 33 points from the trip to Instow and a final day game at home to champions Sidmouth II and, no matter what happens in the final games for Budleigh and Hatherleigh, the Maer ground will once again stage top flight 2nd XI cricket again in 2010.