Murphy and Murrin show the way ahead for struggling Budleigh.

PUBLISHED: 10:51 10 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:31 18 June 2010

Plympton out class the Otters with both bat and ball as Budleigh slip 10 points below Exeter CC at the bottom of the DCL Premier division.

Plympton out class the Otters with both bat and ball as Budleigh slip 10 points below Exeter CC at the bottom of the DCL Premier division.

Budleigh firstly welcomed the return of Robbie Newman to the Ottermouth as once again, several team changes were made. Out went James Burke, James Burton, Tom Viljoen and Aaron Conway and in came both Murrins, Neil and son Lloyd, fast bowler Ian Bishop and Newman. Budleigh lost the toss once again and were put out in the field. Joel Murphy made the first breakthrough, clean bowling Dan Hefford for just 2. Ian Bishop once again bowled with fantastic control and beat the bat for 80% of his first 10 over spell. Bishop grabbed Plympton keeper Dan Robotham caught behind for 12 as Plympton were on the back foot at 21-2. It was 148 runs later when the Otters had their next breakthrough as Lewis Gregory and Dave Wrench piled on the runs. Gregory was lucky enough to bat for the most of the innings as he chanced his arm and could have easily given chances all through his innings. However Gregory and Wrench were able to rotate the strike well before the latter sent a skier down to Ian Bishop at long on and hold out for a well played 70. Gregory could have easily made a deserved century before a rush of blood in an over from Joel Murphy sent him on his way, out bowled for 94. Robbie Newman was the most unlucky bowler of the day, having bowled his 15 overs straight for just 59 however having many close LBW decisions turned down. Plympton finished with 211-3 from their 50 allocated overs.

Budleigh then lost skipper Sandy Allen for just 5 as he hit a good length ball to wide mid-on before James Sharkey and Bob Dawson put on 51 for the second wicket. Sharkey looked set for a score before one bad over and one big shot too many, saw him out clean bowled by spinner Keith Donohue after trying to smash one out the park. Bob Dawson also fell to Donohue, LBW to a ball which looked like it was missing another set of stumps down the leg side! Robbie Newman was then next best as the Otters once again collapsed in the middle order with the two Lloyd's, White and Murrin, both falling for single figures, Budleigh were left in tatters at 6-86. BSCC Legends Joel Murphy and Neil Murrin nearly got Budleigh over the finishing line for an extra 2 points as Plympton failed to finish off the tail. Controversy then dawned as the light got extremely bad and the visitors were then told their overseas quick bowlers could not bowl from one end. Umpires Jim Anning and David Moseby stating that the light was better from the Sea end meaning a switch of ends for Anwar. This did not stop Murphy smashing two beautiful cover drives for four as Budleigh were only 7 runs away from gaining the losing draw. However, hanging on in their was vital for the Otters if they are to stay up as it meant Plympton, also near the bottom, miss out on a valuable four points.

Plympton 211-3 ()(L Gregory 94, D Wrench 70, J Murphy 2-48 I Bishop 1-48)

Budleigh Salterton (B Dawson 25, J Murphy 22* S.Anway 3-42, K Donohue 2-24)

Plympton (15pts) drew with Budleigh (4).

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Exmouth Journal. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Exmouth Journal