Champions round off season in style

Joseph Bulmer

The penultimate weekend of the Farm and Cottage Holidays North Devon Cricket League season saw just four matches played, with three of them in the top flight.

Having already clinched the Division 1 title, Bideford rounded off their season in champion style with a 33 run home win over Braunton.

Mike Young (55) and Matt Allin (22) were the principle run providers in a home total of 157-8. Giles Bashford took 4-40 for the visitors, who were then bowled out for 124.

Ian Roberts (25), John Baglow (23) and Dan Crocombe (23) were the main run getters for Braunton, while Martin Stewart (3-44), Paul Shepherd (2-24) and James Ford (2-35) claimed wickets for the champions.

North Devon made sure of pipping Hatherleigh to the runners-up berth when they completed their campaign with a 104 run win at Newton Tracey, who slipped a place to second bottom as a result of their seventh reversal of the season.

Matt Westaway (80) and Dan Bowser (59) underpinned the Instow men’s offering of 264-7. John Turner, Rob Gear and Kieran Jarrett each bagged a brace of wickets for the home side who were then bowled out for 160.

Only Dan Newby with an unbeaten 38 made much of an impression as Jamie Overton claimed 6-15.

Sandford claimed a seven wicket win in the Mid Devon derby at Heathcoat.

The Knightshayes men were bowled out for 173, which the visitors surpassed in comfort.

The win meant the Creedy Park outfit climbed out of the bottom two in their final outing of the term.

The sole Division Two game saw Beaford complete their season with a seven wicket win over nine-man Lynton and Lynmouth, who were bowled out for 78.

Connor Constable hit 18 and there were 13 extras in the Lynton total as Mark Lake took 2-6 from seven overs, Michael Lemons claimed 2-11 and Andrew James also bagged a brace of wickets.

Ali McMillan then hit 19 and Daniel Lane19no as the hosts wrapped up victory long before 4pm.

There was no action in the one Division Three game at Filleigh II, because scheduled visitors Bude could not raise a side.

No play either in the scheduled Division Four matches, with waterlogged wickets putting paid to the action at Barnstaple and Pilton, where Belston were due to visit and at North Devon III, where North Molton were the scheduled opposition.