Mighty Mole leads Budleigh to Plymouth victory

PUBLISHED: 09:06 14 July 2011

exsp week 28 cricket Chris Mole

exsp week 28 cricket Chris Mole


BUDLEIGH Salterton sailed to another very convincing victory, beating Plymouth by wickets on Saturday afternoon.

The hallmark of the latest success was a fine all-round effort by the bowlers with five players all taking wickets.

Stuart Barlow led the way with his two costing just 31 runs from fifteen overs.

Matt Sutcliffe and Bob Dawson also bagged braces and there were single wickets for Joel Murphy and Charlie Morris as Plymouth were restricted to 194-9 from their fifty overs.

That closing total might have been significantly less but for an unbroken stand of 37 for the final wicket by the Plymouth tail end charlies.

Budleigh got the perfect start in the reply with skipper Sandy Allen and Chris Mole adding 91 in fifteen overs and one ball when Allen was caught and bowled for a 49 ball innings of 46 runs.

However, the Ottermouth score board, which had been showing 90 without loss, soon displayed 135-5 as Plymouth worked their way back into the contest.

Then the previous week’s late innings batting hero, Stuart Barlow, was joined by Lloyd White and the pair took the total to 172 before Barlow departed for 25. White departed next, stumped for 15 and, at 185-7 there was still work to be done.

Joel Murphy was at the other end as White trudged off and the experienced campaigner remained there to see the job done, finishing unbeaten on twelve and Matt Sutcliffe ended the game with an unbeaten fuve as Budleigh crossed the winning line on 198-8 off the first ball of the final over of the day.

The sixth win of the Budleigh season keeps them in touch with the title contenders with eight games to play.

The Ottermouth men have 138 points and trail leaders North Devon by 34 points.

Next up is Saturday’s trip to Bradninch after which they host Heathcoat before the much anticipated return ‘derby’ game at the Maer against Exmouth on July 30.

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