Spoljaric return lifts Budleigh

PUBLISHED: 09:07 25 July 2018

Australian all-rounder Steve Spoljaric, now 41, played for Budleigh between 2006-2008 and again, briefly, in 2011 and he returns to play for Budleigh at Chudleigh in a Tolchards Devon League A Division game tomorrow

Australian all-rounder Steve Spoljaric, now 41, played for Budleigh between 2006-2008 and again, briefly, in 2011 and he returns to play for Budleigh at Chudleigh in a Tolchards Devon League A Division game tomorrow

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Aussie all-rounder Spoljaric, now 41, played for Budleigh between 2006-2008 and again, briefly, in 2011.

In long career in both hemispheres, Spoljaric has played Grade cricket in Melbourne and Sydney as well a league cricket in Devon, Scotland and Durham.

Budleigh, who have no overseas player this season, were able to get Spoljaric’s registration through in time to play against Chudleigh and he clearly enjoyed being back with the Ottermouth men as he scored a 73-ball 83, hitting nine fours and two sixes, to help Budleigh to a closing total of 215-9 and then he came on as first change bowler and ended up taking 3-24 from an eight over spell as Chudleigh were bowled out for 181.

Spojaric went to the wicket at the fall of skipper Trevor Anning, who was out to the 69th ball he faced having score a 12-boundary 58. The Aussie the saw six team mates return to the Chudleigh pavilion before he was finally out, the eighth man down with the score then 201-8.

It was not a one-man show for Budleigh though with skipper Anning hitting that half century – but the ‘best of the rest’ were knocks of 19 by opening bat Marc Trotman an number nine bat James Doble – the later being not out when the innings ended.

As for the Budleigh bowling, two others – Trevor Anning and Ed Doble each claimed three wicket hauls with Anning’s figures being stumps 3-28 from 9.3 overs and Doble’s were 3-35 from 10 overs.

With two thirds of the Tolchards Devon League campaign now over, Budleigh sit fifth in the A Division. There hopes of promotion were ended some time ago – they are currently 76 points shy of second paced Cornwood with 120 points left to play for. Equally, given that they are now 51 points clear of second bottom Bideford, Littleham and Westward Ho!, a drop down a division is also off the agenda.

Budleigh play the first of their final six matches this Saturday (July 28) when they host a Plympton side that sit one place and eight points below them in the table.

Budleigh 2nds look set to play their cricket in the D Division East next season after they were beaten at home by Whimple, going down by a margin of 102 runs. That leaves the team 51 points from safety with just six games to play.

Matt Murphy passes 20 league wickets for the campaign with another ‘fivefer’. This time he returned figures of 5-42 to move to 21 league wickets this season so far.

Murphy’s ‘fivefer’ helped bowl Whimple out for 218, but that proved more than enough to win the game for the visitors as the home side were then bowled out for 116 in 28 overs with only three players, Donovan Robinson (30), skipper Nick Boult (27) and Sid Fereday (18) getting into double figures.

On Saturday, Budleigh 2nds travel to third in the tale Alphington.

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