So how did local sides fare in the 2011 Francis Clark Devon Cricket League?
PUBLISHED: 10:11 08 September 2011
A look at how local sides finished their respective campaigns in the Francis Clark Devon Cricket League.
The final Saturday of the Francis Clark Devon League rather summed up the season for local sides.
Budleigh Salterton rolled out the red carpet for new champions North Devon but rather limply succumbed to the visitors, going down by 100 runs.
Scott Barlow claimed 4-30 from13 excellent overs and James Hudson bagged three wickets for 58 runs as the champions closed on 210-9 in their 50 overs.
Bob Dawson, James Burke and Barlow were then all returned to the Ottermouth pavilion with just 13 on the score board and from that position the die was cast, the final Budleigh wicket falling in the 29th over with the score on 100.
A campaign that promised much, and for a great deal of time, ended rather lamely for Budleigh who at least had the honour of being the highest placed of our local sides, finishing fourth in the Premier Division.
Exmouth took a winning draw from their final game, at home to a Heathcoat side that, as a result of their 11 point haul from the Maer ground draw, stayed in the top flight and sent Plympton down with the margin being a single victory after the two sides finished level on 176 points!
Richard Baggs signed off this season with a magnifice3nt century, his knock of 113 many more than the best of the rest, an innings of 44 from Andy Buzza. Trevor Anning and George Greenway each bagged a brace of wickets as Heathcoat closed on 261-7, just four runs shy of victory.
A fifth place finish then for Exmouth who ended the campaign on 230 poi9nts, the same as Budleigh but were placed below their rivals by virtue of Budleigh having won ten of their games whilst the Maer men’s win count was half that.
A miserable season ended in a depressing fashion for Clyst St George who were beaten by 158 runs by Thorverton in what will be their final B Division game for at least twenty months.
The Bohea Field men saw the Thors rack up a whopping 308-7 before being bowled out for 150.
Clyst St George finished bottom of the table, 47 points shy of third bottom Dartington and their win count of two was at least half the number of any other side in the section.
Woodbury’s campaign got off to a bad start and never improved as they went through the whole season without registering a single success and that was a feat matched only by three other 1st XI sides, Premier Division Paignton, A Division Barton and C Division Cockington. The Woods did at least manage to finish the term with more points than Cockington, Paignton and F Division Hemyock.
Woodbury’s goodbye to the E Division saw them bowled out for 55 at Filleigh who then knocked the required runs off in no time with the c contest all over long before the scheduled tea interval.
The one success, and what a triumph too, came in the F Division where Topsham St James were crowned champions with a final day win at Culmstock.
The Journal’s team of the summer? That would have to be Exmouth who, twelve months ago were climbing out of the A Division to return to the top flight and who were crowned Devon Twenty20 Champions a few weeks ago.
Now the whites get put away and will be returned to action next spring.