Thursday, August 22, 2013
Weekend wash-out in the Devon Cricket League
THEY’RE up! Bideford’s C Division exile is over as they are guaranteed a top-two finish in the final table.
James Ford’s side were relegated from the B Division in 2010 so it has taken a while for them to get back up.
After last Saturday’s soggy round of fixtures in the Devon League – Bideford were one of the few sides to get any action in at all – Ford’s men are 32 points clear of second-placed Axminster and 65 in front of Ipplepen in third.
If Bideford beat visiting Clyst St George this Saturday they will be assured of the title with a game to spare.
Yelverton dodged the showers to make 137 for two in 23 overs last Saturday – Tom Watkins top scoring with 70 not out. Alex Crisp and Josh Atkinson took a wicket each.
THERE was no play at Barnstaple in the game against B Division leaders Lewdown, leaving the Taw Meadow side a win away from safety.
Barum have the perfect opportunity to make themselves safe this Saturday as they entertain Alphington, who are the bottom-two side they have to finish ahead of.
Filleigh, rained off against Honiton, go to promotion chasers Shaldon Optimists in the D Division.
BRAUNTON are resigned to relegation from the A Division after their game against Plympton was rained off.
The Kelsey outfit were last in the B Division back in 1984 when they won it with Sandford as their runners-up.
In those happier days Sid Windsor and Alan Sibley both topped 600 league runs for the season.
Braunton were 21 without loss against Plympton when the weather intervened after nine overs.
With two games and 44 points to play for, Braunton are 43 points away from safety.
Braunton are away to Barton this Saturday.
The real scrap for survival is going on between Hatherleigh and Plymstock, who meet at Holsworthy Road on Saturday.
Plymstock sit in the second promotion place, eight points behind Hatherleigh.
If Hatherleigh win they will send Plymstock down. A Plymstock win will leave the outcome down to the final round of games when Hatherleigh go to Braunton and Plymstock entertain second-placed Sandford.
NORTH Devon hope to have all-rounder Tom Allin back this Saturday for their Premier Division date against Exmouth.
Allin would have missed last Saturday’s appointment with Cornwood had it been played due to a back injury.
If North Devon win their last two games – they wind up at home to Torquay on the last day – they could finish as high as fourth.