Ed Doble, who spun out three Abbotskerswell batters<br>credit: Conrad Sutcliffe

BUDLEIGH Salterton whitewashed Abbotskerswell by 10-wickets in a largely one-sided affair in the A Division.

Highlights were few and far between for Abbots as they reached 163 all out in the 47th of their 50 overs.

Opener Ed Smout-Cooper’s run of form continued with 64, skipper Nick Watkin made 31 and Charlie Smout-Cooper chipped in with 20 down the order.

Lloyd Murrin – four wickets for BudleighThe innings went of course during the time it took Abbots to slew from 120 for two to 132 for seven as Ed Doble (3-24) and Lloyd Murrin (4-25) ran through their batting.

Budleigh had the runs knocked off with more than 10 overs to spare as openers Marc Troman (43no) and Dylan Penberthy-Hutchings (92no) made sedate progress towards victory.

Although none of Abbots’ bowlers took a wicket, new-ball merchant Charlie Smout-Cooper bowled 10 tidy overs for just 26 runs given away.

Murrin, the Budleigh captain, had no hesitation putting the result at the top of his list.

 “It was the most complete performance I've seen as captain,” said Murrin.

“The boys bowled and fielded brilliantly and stuck at it superbly after a good partnership where Eddie Smout-Cooper especially batted really well.

“Joel Murphy and Will Oxland turned the screw in the middle overs and that built enough pressure for wickets to fall regularly after that.

“Marc Troman but especially Dylan put on a chance less batting master class. Dylan showed exactly why we wanted to get him in for the season.”

Watkin said there were no excuses and virtually no mitigation he could offer for the scale of the defeat.

“We were in the game at 96 for one then Budleigh bowled brilliantly and we helped them with some poor shots,” said Watkin.

“Ed Smout-Cooper’s batting was a positive to take from the game but, bowling wise, it just didn't happen for us.

“Dylan Penberthy-Hutchings batted superbly for them and gave Budleigh a fully deserved win.”