Lucky escape for Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 12:59 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton will feel hard done by having been rained off against lowly Exmouth with victory almost within their grasp.

BUDLEIGH Salterton will feel hard done by having been rained off against lowly Exmouth with victory almost within their grasp.

Ian Bishop and Steve Spoljaric claimed four wickets each as Exmouth were bowled out for 167 in the 47 th of their 50 overs.

Budleigh had raced to 105 for one in just 14.1 overs when a combination of rain and bad light brought an early halt to proceedings.

Exmouth, who included former Devon and Somerset 2 nd XI paceman Paul Warren for the first time, got the worst of all starts when opener Ed Yeo was lbw to Bishop (4-26) from the first ball of the game.

Bishop then had James Burke caught at slip by Spoljaric, leaving Exmouth 11 for two, before Chris Travers and skipper Richard Baggs restored some order by getting the score up to 41 for three.

Spoljaric bowled Baggs to end the stand, followed by Bishop snaring Travers lbw without addition.

When Chris Jelley and Phil Holland went in quick succession to Budeigh's seam bowling double act, Exmouth were 55 for six and in deep trouble.

Total embarrassment was avoided by Andy Buzza and Mike Paine, whose partnership of 98 for the seventh wicket took the Exmouth tally up to 153.

Buzza faced 100 balls and hit nine fours in his 63 while Paine made 30 off 56 balls with three boundaries.

The last four wickets went for just 14 runs once Paine was dismissed.

Budleigh knew the weather was against them and didn't hang about making a dent in the target.

Openers Omari Banks (34) and Sandy Allen blazed away to make 82 in 12 overs. Allen hit 10 fours and a six in his 49 and was run out by a Yeo through coming back for a second run which would have given him 50 off 30 balls.

Spoljaric was not out with Banks at the premature end.

Budleigh Salterton didn't get a bat at Exmouth, who reached 207 for four in a 42-over game before the rain came down.

A stand of 93 for the third wicket between Bill Buckingham (67) and Mike Collinge (49) underpinned Exmouth's total.

Chris Clarke chipped in with 41 not out before the end.

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