Isaac Withington – his lower-order determination helped Stoke to a narrow win over Budleigh<br>credit: Conrad Sutcliffe - no re-use without copyright owner's consent

STOKE Gabriel rediscovered their winning touch in the B Division by inflicting a three-wicket defeat on Budleigh Salterton in a low-scoring affair.

Three wickets each for current captain Jake Robinson (3-39), and predecessor Jack Tolley (3-14), went a long way towards dismissing Budleigh for 123.

Dan Bulllock (2-26) chipped-in by spinning out James Doble (31), who had taken a ton off Teignmouth & Shaldon last time out.

Budleigh’s only other significant contributions came from Steve Booth (21) and captain Lloyd Murrin (26).

Stoke found runs almost as difficult to come by and alarm bells were jangling following a slump from 88 for three to 99 for seven. Abhishek Anand (26) had long gone by then.

Spin proved Stoke’s unravelling with three wickets falling to Ed Doble (3-30) and two more to Joe Marley (2-21)

Stoke pro Justin Pringle (44) was among the casualties during the slump, which left the bottom half of the batting order to win the game.

Bits and pieces are important in low-scoring games, which made Liam Mair (13no) and Isaac Withington (13no) the men of the moment for Stoke.

It was the result Robinson wanted in response to the defeat at Cullompton seven days earlier, although not in the way he had hoped.

“We still have not solved our batting issues, but the bowling and fielding saved us,” said Robinson.

Murrin felt his side did more right than wrong in a close game.

“Great spirit and fight to give us a chance of the win,” said Murrin.

“We were 20-to-30 runs short on a bowler-friendly track, but poor shot selection cost us in all honesty. 

“Our bowlers gave it everything. Sam, Ed and Joe gave us a really chance.

“Fair play to Stoke’s tail, who battled it out.

“A good game odf cricket: we just came out on the wrong side.”