Rudolph stars with bat and ball as Maer men topple Torquay
PUBLISHED: 08:29 26 June 2019 | UPDATED: 08:29 26 June 2019
Exmouth are out of the bottom two of the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division after they recorded their first win since the opening day with a matchday eight, 28-run win over visiting Torquay.
After winning the toss, Maer men skipper Andrew Buzza opted t make first use of what looked anther fine batting surface, but things did not go to plan as Chris Metters (16), James Horler (14), David Lye (0), Ben Ellis (4) and Peter Turnbull (4) were all returned to the pavilion with just 61 runs on the board,
Skipper Buzza then fell for 13 to leave his side wobbling further on 94-6, but a 73 run seventh wicket stand between Alex Hammond (31) and Billy Rudolph, saw the Maer men to 167-7. Number nine bat George Greenway chipped in with 31 and, thanks to a splendid 59 from Billy Rudolph and 39 extras - 27 of which were wides - Exmouth were able to close on 211 after 41.5 overs.
When Torquay replied, Pete Turnbull struck twice, first hitting then stumps and then getting a leg before decision to leave the visitors 19-2.
George Greenway struck with another leg before decision to make it 53-3 and, when Aussie import Ben Ellis swopped to force a run-out, Torquay were 82-4.
The visitors then rallied and, as the fifth wicket pair took the score past 150 the outcome of the contest was 'back in the balance'. However, cometh the hour cometh the skipper - and a run-out contrived from a Buzza throw - ended the fight back t leave Torquay on 160-6. Billy Rudolph, introduced as the fifth change bowler, then claimed a wicket to leave the visitors 169-7 and Rudolph struck again before holding a catch off Ben Ellis and then bringing about a third run-out to leave Torquay all out for 183 in 48.5 overs. Rudolph, who had earlier scored what was to prove a match-winning half century, finished with figures of 2-21 and opening seamer Pete Turnbull returned figures of 2-18.
The win lifts the Mare men up to third bottom where they now sit three points above second bottom North Devon with Torquay the new basement dwellers.
On Saturday (June 29), the Maer reach the halfway point of their league campaign with a trip to a Sandford side that will start the game sitting one place, and eight points above them in the top flight table.