Budleigh not out of promotion race - just yet!
PUBLISHED: 12:31 10 August 2017
Budleigh Salterton were impressive four-wicket winners when they entertained Plymstock at Ottermouth.
The maximum points win leaves Budleigh third in the table, and now just 35 points shy of second-placed Hatherleigh who suffered a third defeat in four games and seem to be faltering in the race to bag a place in the Premier Division next season.
Plymstock won the toss, opted to bat, and were given a 50-run start by their openers before Matt Junk claimed the first of his three wickets.
The visitors looked in a good place on 164-3, but third change Phil Anning set about the middle order to finish with four wickets for 40 runs from his nine overs. Junk ended with figures of 3-34 from a full shift of 10 overs and the other wicket takers were James Leat (2-72 from 10) and Trevor Anning (1-33 from 10).
The Budleigh run chase got to 31 before Matt Junk was bowled having scored 21. Steve Booth was the second man down for 12, but by then he and Elliot Rice had moved the chase on to 66-2.
Trevor Anning was next to the wicket and he and Rice added 86 runs for the third wicket with Anning the next man out, but not before he had scored 53, hitting 10 fours during his 60-ball stay at the crease.
Sixteen runs were added before the fine 93-ball innings of Rice was ended with the opener having contributed 56, hitting seven fours.
Budleigh were not to be denied a comfortable victory and a knock of 25 from Ben Carter and an unbeaten 17 from Phil Anning, saw them over the line.
It all means that, with Hatherleigh entertaining table-topping Sandford on Saturday, if that game produces an emphatic away win and Budleigh can extract another 20 points from their trip to sixth-placed Lewdown, then the ‘gap’ between Budleigh and second place could be down to 20 points with three games to play!
Budleigh’s three games after Lewdown are, home to Cornwood, away to Chudleigh and finally, home to Plympton. Hatherleigh’s last three after Saturday are; Chudleigh away, Plymstock at home and finally Lewdown away.