Anning on way to Budleigh after 200 wickets and 2,100 runs for Exmouth

Trevor Anning bowling for Exmouth against Torquay

BUDLEIGH Salterton beat the transfer deadline to sign fast-bowling all-rounder Trevor Anning from Premier neighbours Devon and he will make his debut in the game against Paignton on Saturday.

Anning, now 34, was a virtual ever-present in the Devon side for more than a decade before withdrawing from the squad earlier this season after more than 120 appearances in all formats of the game.

He started his senior career with Sidmouth, had a successful spell with Sandford during which they won the premier Division in 2004, then joined Exmouth in 2009.

Anning took 206 Premier wickets (ave 17.4) for Exmouth and made 2128 runs at 21.93.One the move - Trevor Anning

His best bowling for Exmouth was six for 31 against South Devon in an A Division game – and is best batting 95 against Chudleigh in the same 2009 season. No wonder Budleigh are delighted to have him on board.

“Trevor is a big player with a lot to offer us who has joined at a crucial time in the season,” said Budleigh captain Joel Murphy.

“His bowling record speaks for itself and his batting could be invaluable to us.

“Our middle-order batting has been a long-term area of concern; now we have a vastly experienced batsman to go in there.

“There has been talk of Trevor coming to us before as he has family connections with the club through Lloyd Murrin, who is his brother-in-law.

“I am delighted he has chosen to come now as our season is reaching a critical point.

“Halfway through the season we are just behind the top two and looking to get up there and stay there.”

Budleigh could have done with Anning last Saturday when they slipped to a 141-run defeat against lowly Hatherleigh.

Budleigh were second from top going into the game – and Hatherleigh third from bottom – so the outcome was a surprise.

Opener Matt Thomas carried his bat for 162 – his second league ton of the season – as Hatherleigh amassed 273 for six.

Budleigh were all out for 132 in reply, no one making more than youngster Ben Phillips (39).

SANDFORD slipped within seven points of the A Division relegation zone after losing by 57 runs at Lewdown.

Lewdown totted up 193 for seven in a game reduced to 36 overs each – opener Johannes Wessels hitting a top score of 106.

Wessels has scored four hundreds in the league already his season and his ‘failures’ in his other two innings were 81 against Bradninch and 68 versus Ipplepen.

Sandford were all out for 136 in reply, Lewdown captain Tallan Burns knocking over the first four before Wessels (3-22) got into the middle and lower order.

Matt Theedom (24) and Shaun Hawkins (37) resisted for a while but after Wessels accounted for Hawkins it was downhill all the way as the last four wickets went for 18 runs.

Sandford haven’t won in four outings – one of which at Hatherleigh was rained off – and if they slip up against lowly Ipplepen this Saturday they will be in trouble.

Ipplepen are without skipper and wily spin bowler Keith Wakeham, who is on holiday.