Exmouth still in chase for top two finish as Lye again stars with bat and ball

Exmouth suffered tail-end charlie trouble as they had to settle for a winning draw in their meeting with Plympton.

Batting first, the Maer men, scored a very respectable 224-9 in their 50 overs.

Barney Huxtable (51), David Lye (45) and Lawrence Greenway – the latter promoted to open the innings with Huxtable, struck 43.

The visitors produced contributions down then order but none grater than 41 and, at 178-9 it looked very much as if Exmouth, without skipper Richard Baggs, would chalk up a sixth win of the top flight season.

However then last pair shut up shop to great effect and saw out the final five overs to see their side to a closing total of 197-9.

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Lye completed yet another excellent all-round match with four wickets and Trevor Anning claimed three.

Three to play for the Maer men who are at home to Bradninch on Saturday.

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They go into the game still very much in the hunt for the runners-up berth which they look to be contesting with Sidmouth, Budleigh and Bovey Tracey who are the three sides currently standing between them and champions elect North Devon.

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