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PUBLISHED: 17:42 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:29 10 June 2010

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DEVON cricket captain Bob Dawson has scotched rumours he might be going out on a high after steering his side to victory over Berkshire at Lord's in the final of the Minor Counties Trophy.

DEVON cricket captain Bob Dawson has scotched rumours he might be going out on a high after steering his side to victory over Berkshire at Lord's in the final of the Minor Counties Trophy.Dawson top scored for Devon with 96 in a total of 290 for four that proved too many for Berkshire by 40 runs.Budleigh Salterton team-mates Andy Procter and Sandy Allen were also members of the side, as was former Exmouth captain David Court.Budleigh Salterton player Dawson, 38, will complete his sixth season as Devon captain next week when the current campaign ends with a game against Shropshire at Instow.Devon under Dawson have been a pretty successful side, winning the Western Division of the Minor Counties Championship three times and the overall title twice, including a shared crown with Bedfordshire in 2004.Dawson also skippered Devon to victory over Leicestershire in the C&G Trophy, becoming one of only a handful of Minor Counties captains to beat First Class opposition in the competition.Dawson has no intention at all of calling it a day just yet though as he has his eyes on more silverware and a crack at the Minor Counties Championship again."As long as I am playing well enough and am fit enough to get in the side, I would like to stay on as captain," said Dawson."Once you are not worth your place in the team, then it is time to go."It is hard to put a time frame on these things as you never know what is round the corner. I would hope to have two or three more years in me yet though."Although Dawson isn't calling it a day just yet, it appears veteran spinner Andy Procter will only appear in one-day matches from now on."Andy works abroad now and can't see himself playing at all," said Dawson."However, I will be twisting his arm to get him to make himself available for the one-day stuff for as long as he can."As we saw at Lords, where he bowled 10 overs for 42 runs with a short boundary on one side, he has a lot to offer still."EXMOUTH were 'winners' after a fashion as they collected a four-point bonus on a day when every other game but theirs was rained off.Exmouth, who were bottom going into the latest round of fixtures, batted for 31 overs against visiting North Devon and scored 175 for nine.Bad weather meant no more play after tea as the game joined the list of casualties. So it was six points for a rain-off, just like everyone else.But Exmouth had collected four points before the terminal deluge, which lifted them off the bottom of the table and inserted Torquay there instead.The situation at the bottom now is that Torquay have 117 points with 60 to play for and both Exmouth and Paignton are on 119.All three clubs are in the mire, but at least Exmouth aren't in it quite as deeply as they were."We should be thankful we got some cricket in and picked up a few points on everyone else," said Exmouth opener Stuart Rintoul."When you are in our position down at the bottom of the table, every point can be priceless."Rintoul's scoring touch returned against North Devon with 38, which was a key factor in earning some bonus points.James Burke and Ed Yeo went in successive balls to North Devon captain Matt Westaway, but Exmouth skipper Richard Baggs saw off the hat-trick ball then embarked on a stand of 93 with Rintoul that got the score up to 109 for three.Rintoul, who was in for 59 balls and only hit three boundaries, departed caught on the straight boundary having a crash at spinner Matt Dart.Baggs, who top scored on 68, clattered six fours and a six off Rob Gear, who got his revenge by bowling the Exmouth captain when he played one big shot too many.Phil Holland (15), Andy Buzza (10) and Rob Debenham inched Exmouth past 150 and a third bonus point then got down to the final over from Gear needing 16 for another.Debenham smashed two huge sixes to make a big hole in the target, then scampered two runs with Tom Booker before being run out.Booker and Carson Lederle scrambled two off the final ball to earn that extra point.Exmouth's last three games are Plympton (A), Sandford (H) and Budleigh Salterton (H).Torquay have three games left to save themselves: Exeter (H), Paignton (A) and North Devon in their last game.Paignton's run is Plymouth (H), Torquay and Exeter (A) to finish.BUDLEIGH Salteron's double dreams came crashing around their ears when they lost to Sidmouth by seven wickets in Sunday's Devon Cup derby at Ottermouth.Neil Hancock was the leading wicket taker for Sidmouth as Budleigh were limited to 120 for nine - Bob Dawson top scoring on 56.Dawson and James Burton (14no) dug Budleigh out of a hole after they had slumped to 60 for five by putting on 51 for the sixth wicket.Dawson's demise at 111 was the beginning of the end for Budleigh as they lost two more wickets without scoring a run. Sidmouth were never unduly troubled on the chase, which was wrapped up with more than six overs to go.When Josh Bess was dismissed for 28 at 59 for three, Nick Gingell came out to join Hancock and kill off Budleigh once and for all.Hancock finished on 40 not out and Gingell was unbeaten on 18 when the winning post was passed.l RALEIGH travelled to the edge of Dartmoor to face Instand Office League rivals Belstone in a match badly affected by the weather.Raleigh, put into bat, struggled to build any notable partnerships due to numerous rain delays and accurate Belstone bowling. The only scores of note for the Raleigh batsmen came from Alan Pyne (17), Paul Escott, who scored a swift 37, and Andrew Buzza (22). Setting the home side a small total of 127 to chase, Belstone got off to a cracking start, scoring 50 off the first 10 overs.Buzza (0-28) and Stuart Hart (1-16) slowed the scoring rate, but Raleigh needed wickets.The skipper turned to the vastly experienced Paul Escott, who exploited the conditions, taking four Belstone wickets for 16 runs to put the pressure back on the home side. Belstone ground out a winning total with three wickets intact.

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