Woodbury net draw at Babbacombe thanks to Jimmy Jones

PUBLISHED: 16:21 23 May 2012

Ottery 2nds batsman Alex Thurgate is pictured playing against Sidmouth 3rds while John Goodwin keeps wicket at Bicton on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 0435-20-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Ottery 2nds batsman Alex Thurgate is pictured playing against Sidmouth 3rds while John Goodwin keeps wicket at Bicton on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 0435-20-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Woodbury battled to a losing draw from their game at Babbacombe.

The South Devon side were relegated down a Division with Woodbury last season and have clearly strengthened their side during the winter months.

The hosts won the toss and opted to bat and were helped along the way by no fewer than four dropped catches by the Woodbury fielding, helping them close on 164-9.

Woodbury’s strength in depth in bowling was evident as a nap hand of bowler’s bagged wickets.

The best figures were those of James Taylor with 3-29. Skipper Kev Miller (2-28), former Exmouth player Richard Arnold (2-46), Nalin Chohan (1-20) and Danny Lowman (1-29), also claimed victims.

The Woodbury reply was led by a splendid knock of 47 from Jimmy Jones whilst other useful contributions came from Danny Lowman (24), Liam Cook (16) and Tim Greenslade (13) helping the Woods to close on 122-8 to secure a losing draw and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

Woods skipper Miller said: “They (Babbacombe) really should not have been allowed to get more than 120. Had that been the case I am sure we would have won. That said we have come up against a side who have clearly strengthened and have a desire to climb back up the Divisions so I guess you could say I am satisfied that we have shown character to ensure we continue our unbeaten start to the new term. All the bowlers bagging wickets is also a good sign so early in the season.”

Woodbury sit sixth in the fledgling F Division table which is headed by Cheriton Fitzpaine. Next up is a Town Lane meeting with basement side Newton St Cyres who have started their campaign with a couple of defeats.

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