Sticky wicket eases for North Devon

10:22 26 June 2013

Bideford bowler Josh Atkinson at Clyst St George on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders.

Bideford bowler Josh Atkinson at Clyst St George on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders.


Win over Exmouth takes them out of the Premier Division bottom two.

NORTH Devon are out of the bottom two in the Premier Division after a three-wicket win over Exmouth at Instow.

North Devon didn’t get a great start – former Exmouth opener Barney Huxtable was out first ball after tea – and at 47 for four the game could have gone either way.

Trevor Anning (4-19) took all of the wickets to fall during the opening spell.

A stand of 82 between Tom Allin (49) and Jason Smith (99) saw North Devon over the hump and they went on to win with more than nine overs to spare.

“I have got to praise Matt Westway for bowling up the hill and into the wind – which he doesn’t normally do – and getting the big wickets of Sandy Allen and David Lye,” said skipper Matt Dart.

“Having Tom Allin home from Warwickshire gave us an added dimension batting and bowling and whatever he did he looked a class act.

“Jason has been threatening a big one for a while and finally got one. It was a shame for him he got out lbw on 99, but there wasn’t much doubt about it.”

North Devon are away to Torquay this Saturday.

● BARTON made light work of beating bottom side Braunton in a one-sided affair at Kelsey.

Skipper Ian Roberts top scored for Braunton with 26 and Dom Bratcher made 20, but that was as good as it got as Braunton lost their last five wickets for 25 runs.

Destroyer in chief for Barton was left-arm spinner Stuart Bowker with five for 26. Adam Parker picked up three for 13 and Hasan Badat had two for 20.

Barton blazed to victory in less than 21 overs – led there by an opening stand of 46 between Shaun Needham (24) and Badat (45no).

This Saturday Braunton make the short trip to Hatherleigh, who won by 28 runs at Plymstock.

● THE A DIVISION has switched to win-lose cricket this season – even when it rains.

As the league don’t use the Duckworth-Lewis method of calculating rain-affected targets, old-fashioned run rate has to do instead.

● HATHERLEIGH started off with 50 overs, which was reduced to 45 and then 39.

After Rob Chapman (22) and Andy Collier (42) had put on 73 for the first wicket, Hatherleigh slowed to 109 for six as Morgan Parkinson (5-23) and James Nicholls (3-18) got into them.

An eighth-wicket partnership of 42 between Charlie Nielson and Rob Cockwill took Hatherleigh from 115 for seven to 157 for eight and towards a total of 168 all out.

On and off went the Plymstock batsmen, until the rain relented long enough for the calculators to come out.

Plymstock’s revised target was 141 to win in 32 overs – and they were all out for 112 after losing their way on the chase.

Nick Rogers (5-20) killed Plymstock off as their last four wickets went for six runs as they collapsed from 106 for seven to 112 all out.

Skipper Mark Lake said the conditions favoured Plymstock so he was delighted with a win.

“It was a game we dominated all bar the final 15 overs when we collapsed from 100 for two to 115 for seven,” said Lake.

“We managed to get 168, then bowled and fielded really well in difficult conditions.

“Being on and off and reduced overs made it easier for Plymstock, but we were comfortable winners in the end.”

● BARNSTAPLE & PILTON’S man of the moment was Lee Cole as they defeated Alphington by two wickets.

Chasing Alphington’s 148 all out – Dinesh Raheja top scoring with 56 and Alan Davey making 30 – B&P dipped to 97 for seven in reply.

Ed Yeo had been and gone for 48 by the time Cole came out to bat at number nine, lower than usual due to a broken finger.

Alphington had shared the wickets around with two each for Rahejha, James Knight and Paul James.

Barnstaple make the long trip to Chudleigh this Saturday.

● BIDEFORD can make it nine out of nine at the top of the C Division table if they beat visiting Chagford this Saturday.

James Ford’s promotion chasers preserved their winning start to the season last time out when they won by six wickets on run rate at lowly Clyst SG.

Clyst made a respectable 227 all out with M Rayson hitting 67 to haul them round from 96 for five.

After James Meredith fell for 31, Fred King (2-29) and Matt Stewart (2-30) put Clyst under the cosh until Mike Raynor and Steve May (41) got them going again with a stand of 81.

Dan Barratt (2-31) and Josh King (2-41) picked up late wickets.

Bideford’s worst position on the chase was 37 for two after Steve Bourke picked off James Ford and Matt Allin cheaply.

A stand of 128 between Jodi Gilmore (81) and Josh King (56) put the game to bed.

Bideford’s rain-reduced target was 187, which they passed in the 26th over.

● FILLEIGH dipped to a six-wicket defeat against visiting Shaldon in a low-scoring affair.

Ryan Bowden survived being dropped by the keeper to make 26.

Seamus McKenna (3-18), Carl Woolnough (2-26) and Mark Couch (2-10) kept Filleigh’s run rate down.

Filleigh were bowled out for 128 and only got that many thanks to some lusty blows by tail-ender Gary Henry.

Henry came in at 80 for eight and his 29 off 31 balls made the scoreline a little more respectable.

McKenna got Shaldon off to a flier with 40 off 30 balls before he was caught on the boundary in a running total of 76 for one in nine overs.

Karl Blackburn went first ball, but Todd Ballman (37) not out saw it through despite losing Jamie Day for a duck along the way to Bowden (3-12).

It doesn’t get any easier for Filleigh as they are away to table-topping Clyst Hydon this Saturday.


North Devon 185 (O Hunt 42, extras 39; S Fryatt 2-26, G Abdol 2-37, S Morrish 2-26), Sandford 147-4 (B Leech 46no, P Smith 27no; S Witheridge 2-37). Sandford (20pts) bt North Devon (6) by 6 wkts.


Braunton 152-7 (G Brooks 50, R Holmes 43; A Last 2-22, P Gartrell 2-32, J Peters 2-20), Barton 155-3 (D Adderley 26, S Adderley 23, A Last 66no, M Powell 23no). Barton (18pts) bt Braunton (4) by 7 wkts.

Hatherleigh 199-5 (T Rogers 73, R Cherrington 54, N Leahay 25; S Jordan 3-26), Plymstock 200-3 (J Hocken 108no, S Coomer 48), Plymstock (17pts) bt Hatherleigh (5) by 7 wkts.


Clyst St George 2nd XI 146 (S Middleton 37; D Stadden 4-28), Bideford 2nd XI 148-1 (A Webbe 101no). Bideford (20pts) bt Clyst St George (2) by 9 wkts.

Yelverton 2nd XI, Barnstaple & Pilton 2nd XI. No play, rain. Yelverton (6pts), Barnstaple & Pilton (6).


North Devon 3rds 172 (R Heaman 53, T Stanton 40, Ali Kelly 30; R Hawkins 3-33, B Hill 2-33, A Field 2-28), Cullompton 176-9 (S Paul 20, A Field 28, G Durrant 38, M Webster 20, B Hill 29no; M Merrick 2-34, D Smale 2-21, R Heaman 2-37). Cullompton (19pts) bt North Devon 3rds (7pts) by 1 wkt.


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