Feniton edged out as 18 wickets fall for 113 runs in 50 overs
PUBLISHED: 17:39 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:11 16 May 2018
Feniton skipper Mark Salter was upbeat after his side certainly appeared to find everything against them on their visit to Ottermouth to meet Budleigh Salterton 2nds in a Tolchards Devon League C Division East game.
Feniton, who were put in, were skittled out for 55 in 20 overs, but then hit back to claim eight Budleigh wickets before the home side limped over the winning line.
Salter said: “Sadly, it was one of those games that was won before a ball was bowled in anger. Whoever won the toss was clearly going to have an advantage. The pitch was like a bog in places and the wicket was both green and wet.”
Feniton were also ‘hard done by’ when, with the clock having reached 4.30pm, Budleigh were able, under league rules, to go off for the tea interval when they were at a perilous 43-8. The extra half hour of sunshine drying time certainly helped the home cause and, when Adam Jones and Matt Murphy emerged after tea, they managed to see their side to victory without further loss of wickets!
Salter said: “It certainly added insult to injury that, at a point in the match when we were on top, we had to leave the pitch for tea and that certainly gave them the advantage post tea to get over the line.”
He continued: “Defeated we might have been, but there are so many positives to take from the game for us. To defend 55 as we did speaks volumes for the attitude of the lads. Had tea not come I’d like to think we’d have finished the job off. As it is, we have to take this on the chin and move on, and that’s what we will do with Exeter 2nd XI at Acland Park on Saturday (May 12).”
In the Feniton innings of 55, Graham Tucker was the only batsman to stick around for long as many of his teammates fell to catches behind the wicket. Tucker, who opened the innings, was seventh man out for the side’s top score of 19 having ‘survived’ for 48 deliveries.
Budleigh lost a wicket without a run on the board with Steve Booth caught at point by Matt Kingdom off the bowling of Jack Tucker. John Pyle took the Feniton bowling honours with 4-11 from nine overs and Matthew Davies had figures of 3-18 from nine overs – five of which were maidens.