Murphy takes five then helps Jones see Budleigh 2nds to victory

PUBLISHED: 13:03 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:03 17 May 2018

Ottery 2nds against Lewdown. Ref shsp 23-16TI 1621. Picture: Terry Ife

Ottery 2nds against Lewdown. Ref shsp 23-16TI 1621. Picture: Terry Ife

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Budleigh Salterton 2nd XI have 25 points two games into the new Tolchards Devon League C Division East campaign aftercthey claimed a narrow two-wicket win in a low scoring game at home to Feniton 1st XI.

There were no fewer than 18 wickets taken during the game in a contest that lasted for just 51 overs and two balls with visiting Feniton being in and skittled out for 55 in 20 overs, only for Budleigh to then lose eight wickets in what was ultimately a successful run chase.

It was Matt Murphy who was the main orchestrator of the Feniton downfall. The youngster claimed a ‘fivefer’ and finished with figures of 5-22 from nine overs – three of which were maidens. Young Murphy was given new ball duties with Chris Battin, who picked up three wickets for 22 runs in a seven-over spell.

Seven catches were held by the Budleigh fielders with Murphy claiming one off his own bowling. The other safe hands came from Adam Jones, who held three, wicketkeeper Jonathan Whitfield, who held two and Chris Battin.

However, if the Ottermouth faithful felt that midway the job was done, they were much mistaken as wickets continued to tumble. The first was that of Steve Booth, caught at point without a run on the board. Neil Murrin (5) fell to a catch and Jonathan Whitfield (11) to a leg before decision, with the chase on 17 and it was soon 26-4 with Jack England out caught for one. When Joseph Marley fell for three, half the home batters were back in the pavilion with 35 on the scoreboard.

That soon became 40-6, 41-7 and then 42-8 with the loss of Donovan Robinson (13), Andy Vanstone (0) and Chris Battin (0) when, with the clock having ticked round to 4.30pm, the teams left the pitch for tea – as per league rule.

The extra half hour of drying time in the sun helped the home cause and when Adam Jones, who struck an unbeaten 14 from 47 balls faced, and Matt Murphy, who scored an unbeaten two from 30 deliveries, emerged after tea, they managed to see their side to victory without mishap.

As a measure of how difficult batting was on a track that had been affected by the Friday rain, the longest innings of the day was that of 48 deliveries by Feniton opener Graham Tucker.

On Saturday (May 19) Budleigh 2nds are in more East Devon derby action when they visit Whimple 1st XI, who were 107 run winners on matchday two when they visited Alphington.

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