BOVEY Tracey skipper Toby Codd said the 149-run Premier Division hammering by Exeter underlined deficiencies in his side.
Openers Alex Barrow and Ben Green both made centuries as Exeter racked up 277 for three in their 30 overs.
Bovey were bowled out for 128 in reply with Somerset staffer Green taking four wickets for 13 runs. Lewis Hammett’s 29 not out was as good as it got for Bovey.
Two games into the new season, defending champions Bovey are winless and propping up the table.
Codd, who took over from Peter Bradley during the close season, said there was no dodging some unpalatable facts.
“It was always going to be hard chasing such a high total and we just weren't good enough,” said Codd.
“Alex Barrow and Ben Green were outstanding abd ran better than anyone else in the league.
“They made it more obvious that our bowling lacks penetration. It looks like we are one or two strike bowlers short.”
Barrow the Exeter skipper, said it was a good toss to win and he won it.
“The toss was important as it was a used wicket and you never felt in on it,” said Barrow.
“We set it up very well and a couple of early wickets killed the game.
We were good and stuck to our plans. Ben was good with both bat and ball.”
Green, who was first to his century, was first out for 102. He faced 127 balls and put on 218 for the first wicket with Barrow.
Barrow was second out for 107 with the score on 264. He face 147 deliveries and hit six of them to the boundary.
Tom Lammonby was 27 not out when the overs ran out.
Bovey got into bother early as Peter Bradley, Josh Mailling and Minhaj Jalill were all out for 20 runs on the board.
Tom Baycock picked up a couple of wickets that left Bovey a wobbly 45 for five.
Bovet were 76 for seven when Hammett was joined by Ashley Causey (23). Their stand of 48 made the scoreline marginally more respectable.
Seamer Tom Baycock (4-26) and Green (4-13) nipped out the stragglers.
It may be early days but Bovey won’t want to spend too many more of them in the bottom two.
A win over second-bottom Plymouth at home this Saturday is a must if Bovey want to improve their standing.
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