Braunton beat Whimple in high-scoring thriller

North Devon Gazette

Promotion-chasing Braunton beat relegation-haunted Whimple by 13 runs in a D East thriller at Kelsey.

The Braunton top seven came-up trumps with runs all the way in a hefty total of  309 for seven.

Braunton got to 144 for one thanks to Tom Robotham (49), Sam Bithell (40) and Callum Mitchell (28), then kicked on again with Dan Brierley (32), Jamie Lathwell (50) and Mark Mitchell (47).

Whimple skipper Cameron Kidd tried seven bowlers in a bid to stem the flow and was the only one to go for less than five an over, although Luke Witton and Henry Gordon Lennox were compensated for some rough treatment with two wickets each.

Whimple opener Luke Phillips then gave Braunton a taste of their own medicine with a knock of 163 that put his side in the chase.

By the time Steve Moore dismissed Phillps the visitors were well past 200 in reply.

The middle order simply ran out of steam as the overs ticked down and 82 to win from the final 10 overs proved a few too many as they closed on 296 for six.

Brierley (2-22) and Jon Baglow (1-35) were the only Braunton bowlers below five runs an over as they remain second in the table behind Sidmouth 2nd XI.

*North Devon 2nd XI suffered a setback in the D East promotion race as they went down by 22 runs to Feniton.

Victory allowed Uplyme & Lyme Regis to ease past North Devon into second place and in a division with two promotion places, you don’t want to be in third.

Feniton accelerated away from 54 for four to reach 235 all out with 13 balls to go. Jack Tucker (58), Tom Plance (33) and John Buckland (45) upped the pace.

Rob Ayre took four Feniton wickets for 53 runs and there were three more for Will Popham (3-36).

Richard Clarke (38) got North Devon’s chase going then Jack Hockin (60) anchored the middle-order effort.

Jedd Foster (29) gave support, but North Devon need one more score out of the teens to crack the chase and did not have one and ran out of overs on 213 for nine.

*Barnstaple & Pilton were nine-wicket losers when they ran into promotion hopefuls Uplyme & Lyme Regis.

Opener James Roe faced 105 balls in making 45 for B&P and defied everything Uplyme bowled at him until he was ninth out on 114. Last man out was tail-ender George Elnaugh, who hung around to make 28.

Joe Elsworth (4-18) led the Uplyme bowling effort, aided by Steve Batey (3-24) and Harvey Brimicombe (2-10).

Elsworth (18) out with the score on 45, was Uplyme’s only casualty in a 21.5-over chase as  Steve Batey (58no) and skipper Sam Farrow (44) saw it through.

While Uplyme work towards going up, B&P are still trying to survive. They are one off the bottom of the table and are trying to make up ground on Chardstock and Sidmouth 3rd XI to avoid going down.