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CRICKET: Bovey starting to lag behind after worst start to season

By Herald Express  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

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BOVEY Tracey entertain Heathcoat this Saturday looking to improve on their worst start in the Premier Division since returning to it in 2009.

North Devon blew Bovey away by 76 runs last time out with Tom Allin starring with bat and ball to leave the visitors with just one win in four starts.

In one of only two Premier games to go the distance on a soggy day, North Devon made 147 for six in 30 overs with Max Curtis top scoring on 39.

North Devon were 41 for four at one stage after an early pounding from Nathan Roberts (3-29), but Bovey couldn't shift Curtis.

Allin joined Curtis to put on 65 for the fifth wicket – Alling hit 38 off 45 balls – and in the time left Ed Yeo (21no) helped Curtis put on another 34.

Malcolm Lake (6-2-10-1) kept it tight for Bovey in support of Roberts.

Allin, who left Warwickshire last summer after six years on the staff, then steamed in to take six for six in five overs as Boevy's early order was shot away.

Peter Bradley (26) was fourth out on 46 – Allin had him caught behind – but only Lake (23no) offered much resistance after he went.

Allin finished by dismissing Roberts and Ben Ayres with successive balls.

Matt Westaway wrapped it up for North Devon by prising out tail-enders Jack Thomas and Jonty Woods, also in successive deliveries.

Bovey Tracey captain Andy Fairbairn praised Allin's contribution, but said his side didn't help themselves.

"We bowled too many extras (32) and let them get a few many.

"That said, we should have got a lot closer to the target than we did.

"Tom Allin bowled very well and showed why he was contracted to Warwickshire recently.

"We haven't clicked yet as a side this year but I am confident that we will do soon."

Torquay, who were rained off against Exeter last Saturday, are back at the Rec where they entertain leaders Exmouth.

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