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North Devon lose final over thriller

15:11 20 August 2014

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North Devon's Barney Huxtable made 68 in a losing cause. PHOTO: Simon Horn

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North Devon lost to Cornwood by one wicket

NORTH Devon lost a thriller against Cornwood - whose last pair were at the crease when the winning runs were hit with three balls to go.

Cornwood, chasing 257 to win, appeared to be on the way to defeat after slumping from 172 for four when Matt Skeemer was out to 177 for seven.

Jason Hall and Byron Langley repaired some of the damage in a stand of 44, then Elliot Staddon and Adam Goodliffe finished the job.

North Devon’s total was built around stands of 116 for the second wicket and 85 for the fourth, both involving Rob Gear.

Opener Barney Huxtable made 68 and with Gear for company took the score up to 125.

Hall broke the stand by removing Huxtable then Max Curtis was run-out by Staddon three runs later.

Gear was still there though and kept the runs coming with Ed Yeo at a rate of nearly eight an over.

Ryan Rickard sent Gear back for 75, then took the catch off Goodliffe’s bowling to dispatch Yeo for 62 off just 47 balls.

Matt Skeemer (0-35) and Jackson Thompson (0-19) were the cheapest of the Cornwood bowlers: Goodliffe was the only bowler to take two wickets.

Jackson Thompson’s 71 anchored the early part of the Cornwood chase and when he went at 114 for three they were well placed.

Steve Lambert kept the board ticking over with 55 and had he stayed longer it could have been plain sailing for the Corns.

Losing three wickets for five runs didn’t help – Skeemer, Lambert and Rickard – but thanks to Hall and the tail-enders Cornwood clawed a win which may well keep them up.

North Devon are away to Exmouth this Saturday.

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