Century stand boosts North Devon chase

Joseph Bulmer

NORTH Devon 2nd XI raced to a five-wicket win at Bovey Tracey with 13 overs to go.

Bovey totalled 202-5 in their 50 overs, led by opener Theo Holland (49) and Andrew Longstreet (35). Having slowed to 146-5 against Tim Cook (2-37) and Sam Witheridge, Bovey skipper James Mason (44no) and Aren deYoung (27no) put on 59 unbroken at the end.

North Devon’s position didn’t look too promising at 58-4 in reply after an early going over from Mason (3-42) and de Young (2-42). But Ollie Hunt hit 90 not out to get North Devon back on track – his stand of 127 with Paul Heard (53) did the trick – and in came Witheridge at the end to help Hunt knock off the last few runs.

HATHERLEIGH remain rooted to the foot of the table after suffering a fifth straight defeat, this time by 40 runs at Exeter.

Exeter had lots of chip-in scores in a total of 232-8, John Meredith (43), Sean Langford (42) and Mike Wilkinson (39) the best of them. Bowling honours for Hatherleigh were meagre, with Jack Ashmore’s 2-39 as good as it got.

Jack Cherrington made 51 to get the Hatherleigh chase started and at 157-5 they were in with a shout. Wickets then tumbled to spinner Theo Thompson (3-22) and T Legodi (4-23) and Hatherleigh crumbled to 192 all out when Ashmore (49no) ran out of people to bat with.

BRAUNTON went down by 94 runs to A Division leaders Exmouth after losing their way on the chase.

Exmouth totted up 237-9 in 46 overs, with opener Julian Page top scoring on 87 not out.

Chris Brigden took 3-52 and Keiran Jerret 3-58.

Braunton reached 70-1 in reply without too many problems, but then lost three wickets in eight balls for no runs to Exmouth left-armer Matt Tarry (4-55). Mike Cliff picked up two more wickets, including surviving opener Mark Johnson (32) as Braunton limped to 89-6.

Alex Hodges (37) did his best to stop the slide, but back came Tarry to nip him out at 137-8 and Lawrence Greenway polished off the two tail enders as Braunton were dismissed for 143.

Other results:

Bideford 218-9 (A Crisp 59; M Rendell 5-28), Abbotskerswell 131 (S Green 43; P Shephard 4-21). Bideford (20pts) bt Abbotskerswell (6) by 87 runs.

Barnstaple & Pilton 202-5 (J Roe 77, D Loder 38, M Clarke 35), Thorverton 204-9 (J Spry 56, A Tait 28, M Well 29; B Pedlar 3-38, S Cole 4-43). Thorverton (17pts) bt B&P (9) by 1 wkt.

N Devon III 180 (M Harrison 79, R Mann 33, A Witton 5-24, B Wright 2-28), Whimple II 183-6 (S Palfrey 65, B Wright 45no, W Burden 33no, S Meadowcroft 3-46, J Wainwright 2-18. Whimple II (20pts) bt N Devon III (7) by 4wkts .

Forthcoming fixtures: North Devon II v Hatherleigh; Sidmouth III v Braunton II; Yelverton v Bideford; Axminster v Barnstaple; North Devon III v Feniton.