Exmouth the only local side to taste victory on match day three of the new league season.

PUBLISHED: 16:44 20 May 2012




Match day three of the Francis Clark Devon league season was certainly not a good one for local sides, writes Stephen Birley.

Out of the ten teams who play locally just the one managed to bag a victory.

Two others drew, six were beaten and one could not raise an eleven!

Pride of place goes to Exmouth, and in particular David Lye, who cracked a magical century to lead The Maer men to their first win of the season.

Lye scored 107 guiding Exmouth to 261-6 against ailing champions North Devon who were then bowled out inside 46 overs for 198 to suffer their third straight reversal of the new term!.

No fewer than six different bowlers claimed wickets with the best figures those of opener Trevor Anning who claimed 2-28 from his ten overs.

Budleigh suffered their first defeat of the new season when they came up against many people’s favourites to land the top honour this season, Bovey Tracey. The visitors batted first and closed on 255-5 with Lloyd Murrin’s 2-38 from seven overs the best of the Ottermouth bowling returns.

James Burke hit a half century from the opening slot, but the only innings of note was a splendid knock of 34 from skipper Joel Murphy batting at number eight.

Budleigh were finally all out in the final over for 181 to lose by 74 runs.

Clyst St George 1st XI managed a losing draw in their home C Division game with Stoke Gabriel who batted first and closed on an imposing 280-4. Chris Cook hit a half century in the reply which closed with the last two Bohea Field men at the wicket with the total on 183-9.

The five points Clyst St George picked up was not enough to stop them sitting bottom of the table after three games.

Topsham St James slumped to bottom spot in the E Division after a four wicket defeat at home to Kentisbeare. The Tops were bundled out for 97 with Tom Richardson top scoring on 29. Despite a fivefer from skipper Ross Treleaven, the Kent’s got home with four wickets to spare.

Woodbury battled to a losing draw in their F Division game at Babbacombe where they closed on 112-8 in reply to the South Devon side’s 164-9.

Second eleven cricket results made for painful reading locally with Exmouth’s draw at North Devon the only positive outcome! Stuart Rintoul’s half century helped Exmouth to 204-9 and the Instow side had their last pair at the wicket when they closed on 178-9.

Budleigh 2nds went down by 30 runs at Plymouth where the hosts hit 156-8, answered by 126 all out by the Ottermouth side.

Clyst St George 2nds lost by 13 runs in a low scoring affair at Honiton where the home side were bowled out for 136 with Sean Middleton bagging a fivefer. Clyst were then dismissed for 123 led there by Richard Coe (24).

Topsham St James 2nds were beaten at Cullompton 2nds by a margin of six wickets and Exmouth Thirds were unable to raise a side for their meeting with Upottery II.

Make sure of your copy of this week’s Exmouth Journal (out on Thursday (May 24) to get the inside story on all our local cricket teams results on match day three of the Francis Clark Devon league season.

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