Greg makes his Mark and then Hasan has Bradninch in a spin
PUBLISHED: 08:12 04 August 2010 | UPDATED: 08:12 04 August 2010
A superb all-round performance from Budleigh 2nd XI took them to a sweet victory over promotion seeking rivals Bradninch at Ottermouth.
BUDLEIGH II were looking to get back on track and reignite their promotion bid when they faced Bradninch at Ottermouth, writes Lloyd White.
Skipper Ian Taylor elected to bat on what looked yet another superb home wicket prepared by grounds man, Pete Dellar.
A decent start saw the home side to 30 before Elliott Rice fell for nine to bring the skipper to the crease and he and Leat added a further 18 before the latter was snared for 19.
Young Jack Dart then joined the action for his senior debut and, with the visiting bowlers finding a good line and length the run rate slipped to three an over. Shortly after drinks, young Dart fell for ten and Raza Hasan joined the skipper out in the middle. The pair began to put some tempo into the run rate before Taylor was dismissed for 35.
The skippers fall saw Greg Marks in and he struck the ball with great power fro the off. He lost Hasan as a partner for 15 but continued to attack the bowling, moving confidently past his half century off just 32 deliveries. With cameo knocks from Alex Richardson and James England, the home innings closed on a competitive 211-7 with Marks unbeaten on 84.
The visitors reply began in positive fashion and 25 runs were on the board before two wickets in quick succession from Marks pegged them back.
Neil Rice was the other bowler at this stage and he was sending the ball down with good control. Skipper Taylor then decided on a change of tactics and turned to spin, introducing Hasan and Dart, both of whom found an instant line and length.
A combination of an attacking field and that excellent line and length saw wickets begin to tumble. Dart bagged a brace of wickets including one fine caught and bowled with his other victim falling to a smart catch by Alex Richardson.
Hasan helped himself to six wickets, three clean bowled, two trapped leg before and one from a superb catch at silly mid-wicket by the skipper and the final Bradninch wicket fell at 130.
Taylor said post match: “The team produced for me exactly the sort of individual and collective performance that I had asked off them before the first ball was delivered. Greg (Marks) batted with real class and Raza (Hasan) and Darty (Dart), both bowled superbly. Our fielding, as a team was good today and we held our catches”.
On Hasan, Taylor said: “I am delighted that he now has the chance to perform on the Test stage. His short spell with us has done so much good, not just for the wider club, but for the younger players as individuals who have been able to see a master at work. He (Hasan), has been first class in our team with the youngsters, this will be something they will never forget.”