Barnstaple off to good start

Joseph Bulmer

THE Farm Cottage Holidays North Devon Cricket League got underway on Sunday.

The one game played was at Barnstaple, where Incorrigibles were the visitors for a Division Two encounter.

Barnstaple started their season in style with an 82-run win.

James Rowe struck the first runs of the new season and did it with a boundary as Barnstaple batted first. Rowe went on to hit 26 and so did Robert Holme. But the top Barum batsmen were George McEndoo and Andrew Barton, who both posted 42 in a total of 181-8 off the 45 overs. Ryan Bowden (4-15) and Matt Weeks (4-41) were the principle wicket takers.

The Witheridge based visitors were then bowled out for 99, with only Ben Franks (17), Matt Weeks (15) and Dave Gooding (12no) into double figures. Main wicket taker was Jack popham with 4-29, while Steve Moore took 2-9 from nine splendid overs and Yaz Iqbal finished with 2-17 from his nine.

Results: Barnstaple 181-8 (G McEndoo 42, A Barton 42; R Bowden 4-15, M Weeks 4-41), Incorrigbles 99 (B Franks 17; J Popham 4-29, S Moore 2-9, Y Iqbal 2-17).

Barnstaple (20pts) bt Incorrigbles (2) by 82 runs.