Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Devon Cricket League round-up
NORTH Devon came away almost empty handed from Exmouth, where the Premier champs-in-waiting beat them by 86 runs.
Chris Metters (54) and Andy Buzza (51) both made half centuries as Exmouth recovered from a hesitant start – they were 36 for thee – to make 220 for eight.
Sandy Allen, skipper Richard Baggs and David Lye all went cheaply before Seb Benton (32) and Metters got a grip.,
Buzza and latterly Mark Orchard (20no) kept the scoreboard ticking over in the last 10 overs.
North Devon never really got out of the blocks – Trevor Anning (3-29) made sure of that – and one Craig Overton was fourth out at 66 there was only one likely outcome.
There were two wickets each for Toby Ingham (2-16) and Lawrence Greenway (2-27) as North Devon subsided to 134 all out.
North Devon’s last five wickets went down for 20 runs combined, not something that has happened too often to the Instow side this season.
HATHERLEIGH dropped into the A Division bottom two following a 13-run defeat by fellow strugglers Plymstock.
Hatherleigh were three off the bottom with Plymstock immediately below them going into the penultimate round of fixtures – now their positions are reversed.
Plymstock are three points ahead of Hatherleigh with a game to go. Plymstock face Sandford this Saturday while Hatherleigh have to beat Braunton.
Plymstock were all out for 128 at Hatherleigh and did well go get as many as that having been mauled by Simon Gillespie (3-33) and Mark Lake (2-21) in the top order.
Morgan Parkinson (28no) nursed the tail enders to get something remotely defendable on the board.
Hatherleigh started reasonably well until Gareth Tidball chopped Hal Kerton (2-23) on to his own stumps, then started sliding towards 72 for six.
As Orchard (4-21) and Parkinson (2-21) go into them.
Simon Gillespie (39no) led the fightback and in last man Nick Rogers (13) he found a willing accomplice as the target was whittled down.
Orchard through it was worth trying spinner James Nicholls, whose first ball Rogers biffed for four.
The next ball bit and turned, caught the edge of Rogers’ bat and was taken as slip by Orchard.
BRAUNTON pushed Barton all the way before going down to the narrowest of defeats.
Braunton were bowled out for 166 with Alex Hodges (29) and Tom Mitcham (27) offering the only sizeable contributions.
Husain Badat picked up four Braunton wickets for 35 runs and there were two each for Adam Parker and Damon Calland.
Jon Baglow (5-32) then had Barton in all sorts of trouble as they slumped to 26 for five in reply.
Badat (34) and Andy McVeigh (48) started the fightback with a stand of 58 for the sixth wicket – and McVeigh kept on going.
Calland (22) and McVeigh kept nibbling away at the total in a partnership worth 37 for the eighth wicket.
Last man Will Wyatt came in with four needed and hit the second ball he faced to the ropes to win it.
BARNSTAPLE are free of relegation worries in the B Divison having beaten fellow strugglers Alphington by 24 runs in their penultimate game of the season.
Barun side totalled 207 for eight in their 45 overs – Tom Popham making 70 – then shot out Alphington for 183 in reply.
Popham and Henry McEndoo (39) shared in B&P’s only half-century stand.
Dinesh Raheja (35) top scored for Alphington with Rowe (30) and Shaw (19) next best.
Jack Popham had three for 19 and Steve Moore two for 15 as B& kept the brake well and truly on.
Barnstaple end their season with a visit from second-placed Chudleigh.
BIDEFORD have the C Division title safely in the bag after routing Clyst St George by 130 runs.
Chasers Axminster were in with a nominal chance of catching Bideford, although with 29 points to make up in two games it was never really on.
Jordy Gilmore hit a season’s best 166 for Bideford as they totted up 311 for four.
Dan Barratt (25) and skipper James Ford (66) gave Bideford a 44-run start then Gilmore really started lashing it around.
Gilmore only faced 101 balls and was brutal on anything wayward, smashing 24 fours and five sixes.
Along the way Gilmore shared in stands of 140 with Ford, 41 with Al Savage (8) and 72 with Matt Allin (32).
Dan Takle (1-90) and John Meredith (2-83) took the brunt of the punishment, although Meredith did get Gilmore out in the penultimate over.
Clyst were all out for 181 in reply and had Matt Cook to thank for getting as far as they did.
Cook went in at first wicket down after opener Al Welsh was dismissed in the second over by Fred King.
Chris Ferro (38) and Cook put on 62 for the next wicket, but once Alex Crisp trapped Ferro lbw it was downhill all the way.
Cook kept going while wickets fell at the other end before he was last man out to Josh Atkinson (2-23).
Bideford visit Chagford this Saturday.
FILLEIGH slipped to a seven-wicket defeat away from home to promotion chasers Shaldon.
Mark Prideaux top scored on 53 for Filleigh, coming in at 75 for four and batting through until the fall of the last wicket.
Carl Woolnough bagged a couple of wickets with the new ball, but it was spell of four for 23 from nine overs by Mark Couch that really slowed Filleigh to 178 all out.
Shaldon went off in hot pursuit, led by opener Seamus McKenna on his way to a third league ton of the season.
McKenna put on 45 with Todd Ballman (6) for openers, 128 with Richard Boss (23) and the last few bits and pieces with Mark Couch and Karl Blackburn.
McKenna slammed 19 fours and five sixes from just 98 balls needed to reach 130.
Filleigh are at home to Clyst Hydon this Saturday.