Braunton skipper plotting pathway to safety

Joseph Bulmer

BRAUNTON skipper Jon Baglow can see a way out of the bottom two and away from relegation danger before it is too late Braunton took the bulk of the points from a drawn game with fellow strugglers Exeter to inch a little closer to Premier Division safety.

BRAUNTON skipper Jon Baglow can see a way out of the bottom two and away from relegation danger before it is too late

Braunton took the bulk of the points from a drawn game with fellow strugglers Exeter to inch a little closer to Premier Division safety.

Exeter were one wicket away from outright defeat at the close, reaching 189 for nine in reply to Braunton's 202 for nine.

Braunton thought they had done enough when last man Adam Gribble appeared to be caught at cover with three balls to go, only for the umpires to rule it was a bump ball.

Braunton humour wasn't improved when Gribble edged the final ball of the game through the gap between wicketkeeperIan Roberts and the recently vacated slip slot occupied by Mark Lathwell!

There is no change to positions down at the bottom as it is Braunton (93pts), Exeter (98) and Bovey Tracey (107) in ascending order.

It's leaders Sidmouth next for Braunton, but Baglow is looking further ahead than the next game.

"Sidmouth and North Devon are streets ahead of everyone else in the league and all you do is pick up what points you can, knowing everyone else is going to be in the same boat," said Baglow.

"All the other sides appear to be beating each other and that gives us a chance. Play this way and we will win some games.

"We couldn't have got much closer to winning than this and it was disappointing not to. Having said that, I would have taken 15 points before we started, that and closing the gap in Exeter, Bovey and Bradninch, who didn't win either."

Andy Paddison (39), Ben Reichstein (36), Tom Mitcham (33) and Roberts (20no) all chipped in to the Braunton total.

Exeter seamer Jon Tipper took a career best seven for 68. His previous best was six for 20 against Paignton back in 1998.

Rob Holman (60) and Tyrone Kent (53) got Exeter up and running at 101 for one. Then they crashed to 113 for five - Lathwell (3-45) and Paddison (2-34) doing the damage and went safety first with Cameron Grainger (28no) leading the rearguard action.

North Devon triumphed by 111 runs against visiting Bovey Tracey to move two points closer to leaders Sidmouth at the top of the table.

Mark Bettis just missed out on a century - he was lbw to Faisal Iqbal for 95 - as North Devon made 274 for eight.

Bovey were always up against it after dipping to 14 to four in reply as Jamie Overton (5-34) worked them over.

Bovey captain Pete Bradley (31) and Ryan Bougourd (28) delayed the inevitable with a stand of 56 for the ninth wicket before Overton returned to finish off the tail enders.

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