Maer men lose ground to Premier Divison leaders

PUBLISHED: 14:51 28 June 2011 | UPDATED: 14:51 28 June 2011

exsp week 25 David Lye Exmouth CC

exsp week 25 David Lye Exmouth CC

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Exmouth lost ground in the Francis Clark Devon league title race when they went down at the Maer ground to table topping North Devon, writes Conrad Sutcliffe

David Lye (56), Richard Baggs (67) and Trevor Anning (53) all made half centuries in a very respectable home total of 226 all out.

Lye was again in fine form and he came out on top in a personal battle with the visitors Jamie Overton who has just been called up into he England under-19 squad.

In one particular over Lye showed the international starlet no mercy cracking him for 25!

Lye only faced 30 deliveries for his half century and, after he departed, skipper Richard Baggs took up the charge and spanked 67 at almost a run-a-ball.

Together with Trevor Anning, the Exmouth skipper added 113 for the fifth wicket.

The run chase got the ideal solid start despite the home side ringing the changes with their bowlers in a bid to make the break through.

It was Anning who broke the opening stand when his skipper held a fine catch in the slips but the second wicket did not fall until just 24 runs were required for an away victory, something they went onto achieve despite losing two more wickets.

Skipper Baggs accepted that, on the day the better side won: “We were well beaten by a very good side who will go on and win the Premier Division.”

The Maer men’s leader did have one grumble though: “When we batted we ought to have got closer to 260 and then, when they batted Craig Overton looked out lbw to the very first ball he received and that would have pegged them back at 80-2 and made a difference to the game. I’ve no complaints though for the Umpires can only give what they see.”

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