Barnstaple & Pilton captain Lee Cole must still be wondering how his side managed to lose to Sampford Peverell & Tiverton after having them in a dire position at 10 for five.
Barum’s Jimmer Thomas (4-30) was almost entirely responsible for the opening barrage that had SP&T down and almost out.
Rob Venn (61) and Harry Pryce, a recent arrival before the transfer deadline from Heathcoat, put on 95 to get SP&T to a 45-over tally of 190 for eight.
Barnstaple & Pilton must have fancied their chances at 146 for three in reply thanks to contributions from Jamie Poole (45), Rob Holm (32) and Andrew Fewings (43).
Then the wheel came off the bandwagon! Three wickets in five balls – two for Josh Kalloway, one for Pugsley – changed the complexion of the game completely, as B&P finished six runs short.
Clyst Hydon’s middle-order batting performed a disappearing act that led to a 177-run thrashing away to North Devon 2nd XI.
Faced with a hefty North Devon total of 290 all out – James Starkey making a century – Hydon were skittled for 113 in reply.
The damage was done in the time it took to collapse from 82 for three to 95 for seven as wickets tumbled to Simon Wright (3-13) and Jedd Foster (3-29).
Hatherleigh 2nd XI surrendered third place in the D Division West when Kenn defeated them by four wickets.
Hatherleigh’s batters had a collective off day as they were al out for 97 in the 31st over.
Harry Gaydon – two wickets and a run-out – and James Mason (3-24) – were mostly responsible for reducing Hatherleigh to 54 for six.
Matt Dennis (13), Oscar Moore (10) and Henry D’alberti-Nicholson (19) resisted for a while until Gaydon came back and polished them off for match figures of four for 27.
Kenn’s chase was not without problems as they stumbled from 42 for two to 47 for five and 59 for six as super-veteran Richard Tidball (4-15) worked through the order.
Ed Bragg’s 31 not out saw Kenn over their difficulties and on to victory in the 29th over.
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