It's another thriller at Ottermouth
PUBLISHED: 09:38 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 10 June 2010
BUDLEIGH Salterton head into the weekend's game at Torquay still unbeaten, but needing to add to their win tally which currently stands at three after another draw, this time with North Devon at Ottermouth.
BUDLEIGH Salterton head into the weekend's game at Torquay still unbeaten, but needing to add to their win tally which currently stands at three after another draw, this time with North Devon at Ottermouth.It was a fascinating game for the unattached but must have been nailbiting for followers of both side's for, as stumps approached, the outcome was very much in the balance.Sandy Allen was once again the batting star for Budleigh as he stroked his way to a superb 113 in a total of 255-6.Allen and Bob Dawson (61), put on 121 for the opening wicket and, when Allen eventually departed, it was after striking 14 fours in a 152 ball stint out in the middle. Late order runs came from skipper Ian Bishop (23) and an unbeaten 19 from Aditya Rau.The visitors set off at a cracking rate, putting on 55 for the first wicket in good time and it took some smart work behind the stumps from that man Allen to stump the dangerous Stuart Rhodes for 52 with the visitors on 154-4.Mike Hedden then put bat to ball with great gusto for North Devon, smashing five sixes in a 34 ball stay at the crease which yielded 62 runs and it was he who took the visiting side so close to a successful run chase, one that ended with them on 248-9.Budleigh skipper Ian Bishop said: "It was a good thing we got him (Hedden) when we did for he was threatening to win it on his own. Credit must go to them (North Devon) for the way they approached the game. They really went for it and only at nine down did they decide enough was enough. Fair play to them, it certainly made for a great game of cricket.