That’s all White - Lloyd hits unbeaten double century

PUBLISHED: 19:44 11 August 2010 | UPDATED: 19:44 11 August 2010

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Budleigh Salterton batsman Lloyd White hit a superb unbeaten double century and teenager Aaron Conway chipped in with his maiden senior half century - the pair putting on 200 for the unbroken fifth wicket as Budleigh gave their A Division 2nd XI promotion charge a real boost.

BUDLEIGH II had a double centurion amongst their number on Saturday with Lloyd White cracking an unbeaten 209, writes Steve Birley.

The Ottermouth 2nd XI entertained second from bottom South Devon on Saturday and had to do so without skipper Ian Taylor, who was at a wedding.

Lloyd White replaced him, as work commitments prevented him from travelling to the 1st XI engagement at Plympton.

The visitors won the toss and elected to take the field and had some early success.

Opener Elliot Rice went early, caught and bowled in just the third over.

White came in at number three and joined surviving opener, James Leat until he fell to a caught and bowled.

Jack Dart joined White, but he was dismissed for 19.

Next man in, Alex Richardson, was quickly returned to the pavilion bringing 15-year-old Aaron Conway to the wicket.

The youngster and White then set about the visiting bowling in some style.

White led the show with an unbeaten double ton, smashed off just 127 deliveries, as the pair put on a new League record for the fifth wicket with the partnership yielding exactly 200 runs.

Young Conway’s contribution to the partnership was an unbeaten 57, that his maiden half century.

The White innings was pure class as he stroked his way to twenty 4s and smashed nine 6s.

Having been summoned to the wicket at 10-1, he came off at the declaration unbeaten on 209, that also a new League best, with the Budleigh total 339-4 declared.

If the action had been dramatic pre-tea, in terms of the bat, then the emphasis switched after tea to the ball as the Ottermouth bowlers strutted their stuff to such an extent that Budleigh claimed 296 run victory!

Nathan Bright claimed a six wicket haul, finishing with 6-25 and Paul Heys picked up 3-17 as the visitors were bundled out for just 43.

Post-match, skipper Taylor, who had been kept up to date with the side’s progress via the wonder of text, said: “That’s some performance. An incredible knock from Lloyd (White) and then a six wicket haul for Nathan (Bright), which suggests he is over his recent back injury. We have worked ourselves into a good position and have every chance now of regaining a place in the top flight of 2nd XI cricket next season.”

With three games to play, Budleigh sit third but, with second placed Plymouth III unable to take promotion as their 2nd XI play in the top flight already, it leaves Budleigh locked in what looks to be a two team tussle for the second promotion berth alongside Hatherleigh.

This Saturday sees Budleigh take on Hatherleigh and then they host Plymouth III before finishing the season with a trip to Tavistock. Mathematically, Budleigh require 35 points from the last three to take that second promotion place.

Rivals Bradninch II end with Sidmouth III away, Abbotskerswell away and finish with Plymstock at home.

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