Marvellous Murphy sees Budleigh home

PUBLISHED: 19:41 12 June 2011

Friendly match, Budleigh Vs Exeter Civil Service at Budleigh cricket club. Ref exsp 8679-17-11AW

Friendly match, Budleigh Vs Exeter Civil Service at Budleigh cricket club. Ref exsp 8679-17-11AW

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Budleigh showed just why they are considered to be amongst the title hopefuls as they defeated hoists Sidmouth by four wickets.

Joel Murphy proved to be the hero of the hour, coming to the wicket with Budleigh a perilous looking 100-5 with 61 still needed for victory, the all-rounder stayed till the end to see victory achieved with a knock of 30 which sat very tidily post match with his figures of 3-33 with the ball.

Budleigh never let reigning champions Sidmouth settle. A three wicket burst saw the home side reduced from 17 without loss to 19 for three as James Burke bagged a brace and Stuart Barlow also registered.

The fourth wicket partnership represented something of a recovery for the Fortfield side but they were four down on 85 and

Thereafter wickets fell at regular intervals and if it had been not for the last two wickets realising 32 runs the final total would have been a lot less than a seemingly well under par 160 in 49.2 overs.

The rely got off to the worst possible start with skipper Sandy Allen having his stumps knocked over off the very first ball of the innings sent down by Josh Bess. James Burke was the next to go, he also fell to a Bess delivery, though, I his case, he was caught for 4 and Budleigh found themselves two down with just nine runs on the board.

Bob Dawson was next to fall, he went for nine with the score then 30-3. When Neil Murrin returned to the Pavilion it was four wickets down for just 46 and the match seemed to be slipping away from Budleigh. Then former Sidmouth star Stuart Barlow joined Charles Morris at the crease and the pair began to take the game to the hosts. The fifth wicket fell on 100 with Morris departing for a 48 ball cameo of 29.

This brought Joel Murphy to join Barlow out in the middle and the pair put on 34 before Barlow fell to former team mate Will Murray. Murphy was the joined by Lloyd Murrin and the pair were able to see their side to victory with still some sixteen overs to spare. Murphy finished unbeaten on 30 and Murrin was not out seven.

Next up for Budleigh is an Ottermouth meeting with Plympton on Saturday. Budleigh go into the game sitting second in the table, 27 points behind leaders North Devon whilst Plympton, who won their first game of the term against Exmouth at the weekend, sit second from bottom on 55 points, 33 fewer than the Ottermouth men.

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