White stands firm as Budleigh suffer heavy defeat at Cornwood

PUBLISHED: 14:30 19 May 2015 | UPDATED: 22:44 20 May 2015

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The tough start to the new Tolchards Devon League season being endured by Budleigh CC got a little worse as they were crushed in their A Division game at Cornwood, going down by a whopping 133 runs.

The home side batted first and Openers Ben Warren (19) and Jackson Thompson (29) saw their side to 50 inside ten overs when the latter was out, caught by Elliot Rice off the bowling of Adam Jones. Wickets then fell at regular intervals – Cornwood were 116-5 after 30 overs, but they managed to close on 219-8 thanks to an unbeaten 42 from number seven bat Jason Hall.

Third change Joel Murphy produced the best of the Budleigh bowling figures with two wickets for 23 runs from ten excellent overs.

The Budleigh reply was always troubled after the dismissal of Rob Craze, trapped leg before for one in the fourth over.

Skipper Lloyd White and Eliot Rice restored things to a degree and took the total to 43 in the 25th over when Rice succumbed for a 24-ball knock of six.

That was the start of a flurry of wickets with that man Hall coming back again to haunt Budleigh as he bagged a fivefer and the reply slipped from 53-1 to 73-8!

The final wicket fell in the 33rd over with the Budleigh total on 86. Almost half the runs came in the form of extras with 17 wides amongst the 41 extras! Skipper White was the only batsman to record double figures. In his case he faced 53 balls, hit two fours and launched one six before he fell for 20.

The defeat leaves the Ottermouth men in the bottom three of the fledgling table with 16 points, already 32 adrift of table-topping Cornwood.

This Saturday White will be hoping the weather plays its part and Ottermouth can finally stage some cricket with Barton due to provide the opposition.

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