BUDLEIGH Salterton had the best of a rain-affected game against Lewdown at Ottermouth that failed to go the distance.

Opener Dave Ball top scored on 83 for Lewdown, who reached 179 for nine in their 50 overs. Billy-Searle (29) and Tom Pengelly (23) chipped in.

Richard Goldsby-West had an inauspicious start for his new club – he was out without scoring.

Matt Junk (3-27) gave little away with the ball Trevor Anning (2-31), James Leat (0-30) and Somerset’s Max Waller (1-31) also bowled tidy, 10-over spells.

Budleigh batted for four overs before the heavens opened, reaching 31 for four.

Junk was 27 not out, mostly coming off Phil Yeo whose two overs cost 26 runs.

Budleigh took away 10 points to Lewdown’s nine.

CORNWOOD team chief Duncan Boase is confident ex-Pakistan Test star Mo Salman will be cleared to play against Budleigh Salterton this Saturday.

Salman, who is heading back for a third stint at Oak Park, was pencilled in for Saturday’s derby clash with Plympton.

A delay processing his visa meant Salman was unable to fly in from Karachi, not that it made much difference to the outcome of the game.

Cornwood bowled 17 overs a Harewood Park before rain stopped play with Andy Walter unbeaten on 29 in his current club’s total of 47 for one against his former team.

Said Boase: “Visas take between five and ten days to come through and we were hoping it would be sooner rather than later.

“More than 10 days will have elapsed by Thursday, when we have to register Sal for him to play this week.

“We are confident it will all go through and Sal will play against Budleigh.”

Wet weather washed out virtually all the A Division programme on Saturday.

AMONG the soggy casualties was the other west Devon derby between Ivybridge and Plymstock.

Plymstock were stuck in at Fillham Park and reached 74 for two in 20.3 overs.

Openers Josh Sumner and Teddy Richards both went cheaply to James Bullock (2-11).

Josh Hocken (25) and Jack Horton (32) were the not-out batsmen when rain stopped play.

THE game between Chudleigh and Brixham was called off before a ball was bowled.

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