Mighty Murphy claims his second fivefer of the top flight season - and Budleigh win at last!

PUBLISHED: 10:22 16 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 18 June 2010

BUDLEIGH are off the mark in their Francis Clark Devon League top flight programme. writes Lloyd White.

BUDLEIGH are off the mark in their Francis Clark Devon League top flight programme. writes Lloyd White.

After a miserable early season run, without a win in six, they managed victory at the seventh time of asking and achieved it in some style too, nailing hosts Braunton to the tune of a nine wicket win.

Joel Murphy was the architect in chief of the success as he claimed his second fivefer of the season to move to 14 wickets for the campaign to date.

Skipper Sandy Allen once again lost the toss, however, this time it was for the benefit of the travelling side as the Budleigh seamers got amongst the wickets early.

Joel Murphy opened the bowling from one end and didn't finish until the rout was over, whilst 19-year-old old Lloyd Murrin also bowled magnificently in his first spell of the season as he grabbed Braunton's overseas star, Ben Reichstein, caught behind of a ball which reared off the pitch, onto Reichstein's glove and into the hands of the skipper keeping wicket.

Murrin then sent back Andy Paddison as Braunton crumbled to 29-3.

Murphy destroyed the middle order as he took five wickets for just 17 runs as the Otters bowled the home side out for a well below par 66.

Murphy bowled 81 balls in total, 73 of them being dot balls as added pressure forced the Braunton batters into poor shots.

Budleigh raced away when it was their turn to bat. Bob Dawson creamed 38 from just 17 balls to really cut the Braunton side in half.

Skipper Allen and Somerset's James Burke then knocked off the final runs to win the game in fantasatic style and claimed a maximum 20 points from the game as Braunton took none.

The win hoisted Budleigh off the bottom spot and up to third bottom.

Their next objective it to overhaul seventh placed Paignton who head into this weekend matches a dozen points better off.

On Saturday, Budleigh face reigning champions and current leaders Sidmouth.

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