Exmouth win, but lose top spot to Bovey Tracey

PUBLISHED: 22:51 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 22:51 24 July 2013

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Exmouth were 61-run winners over Torquay, but they were knocked off top spot by Bovey Tracey who, like the Maer men, have 198 points, but they have won one more game and so sit top.

Batting first on another superb Maer ground batting strip openers Sandy Allen and Richard Baggs gave them a wonderful start putting on 141 for the first wicket in 25.2 overs before skipper Bags was dismissed for 69.

As often happens after a long partnership Allen followed Baggs back to the pavilion 14 runs later for a splendid 64.

David Lye was next in and out in his case for a rare failure, trapped leg before for 19.

Andrew Buzza was dismissed for just three to leave the home innings on 197-4.

Seb Benton was also trapped leg before, but only after he had hit a 54-ball 40 and it was left to Trevor Anning (43 from 35 balls hitting three fours and two sixes) and Mark Orchard (36 not out from just 17 deliveries, hitting seven fours, to see Exmouth to a close of 310-7.

Torquay’s reply was hit with the loss of two wickets inside eleven overs to Orchard and Anning

The visitors then stubbornly refused to buckle and, despite home skipper Richard Baggs mixing things up, using eight different bowlers, the reply closed on 249-9.

David Lye’s 3-43 from eight overs was the best return. Trevor Anning, Mark Orchard, Lawrence Greenway, Seb Benton and Jamie Tapper all picked up a single wicket.

This left the frustrated Maer men having to settle for 19 points and then learn of a whirlwind Bovey Tracey win over Plymouth that leaves Exmouth sitting second in the table level on points with Bovey and both teams have six to play with Sidmouth also still in a three-team race for the title, witting third 15 points behind.

On Saturday Exmouth travel to Budleigh looking to bag revenge for the defeat the Ottermouth men inflicted on them when they met at the Maer ground in late May.

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