BRAUNTON dropped into the Devon Cricket League Premier Division basement for the first time this season when they nosedived to a nine-wicket loss against Budleigh Salterton. Budleigh signed Pakistani U19 World Cup star Harmad Azam in time to play in the match, only to take th

BRAUNTON dropped into the Premier Division basement for the first time this season when they nosedived to a nine-wicket loss against Budleigh Salterton.

Budleigh signed Pakistani U19 World Cup star Harmad Azam in time to play in the match, only to take the field without him after delays arranging his flight over.

The youngster from Rawalpindi is no doubt a useful acquisition, but Budleigh got by quite nicely without him thanks largely to medium pacer Joel Murphy.

Murphy took five wickets for 17 runs as Braunton were bowled out for 67 in just 26.3 overs.

Lloyd Murrin and Bob Dawson with two wickets each played the supporting roles.

Three batsmen scraped into double figures - James Windsor, Andy Paddison and Alex Hodges - while three of the rest didn't get a run between them.

Murphy made the early breakthroughs, he trapped Ian Roberts lbw and had Windsor caught at mid-wicket by Neil Murrin - them Murrin junior got in on the act.

Lloyd Murrin sent back Paddison lbw and had Ben Reichstiein caught behind off his gloves.

Budleigh bowled too straight for Branton's liking - four of Murphy's nap hand went lbw - and rolled them over with the minimum of fuss with the final four wickets going for just two runs.

Dawson (38 off 17 balls) and Sandy Allen (24) rattled off the first 54 before Dawson was caught at slip when he top-edged Hodges having a swing.

James Burke (5no) was the other not-out batter when the winning runs were hit in the eighth over.