Barnstaple & Pilton at the end of last season

CRICKET: Barnstaple & Pilton climbing up the table

North Devon Gazette

Barnstaple & Pilton made it three wins on the trot on their way up the D Division East table when they defeated Clyst St George 2nd XI by two wickets.

Clyst were held to 213 for six in a game reduced to 32-overs-a-side by some effective bowling from Matt Jarvis (3-37) and Matt Smith (2-35).

Freddie Norton (0-46) was unfortunate to bowl the final three overs from one end, when Clyst’s batters were swinging from the hip.

Oz Besley (69) top scored for Clyst and put on 75 with Simon Burrell (24) and 52 with Harry O’Dwyer. Ed Lister clubbed 39 off 19 balls at the end.

Not for the first time this season, the result owed a lot to the perseverance of B&P skipper Lee Cole, who went in at 121 for five and batted through for an unbeaten 47.

Rob Holm (36) and Andy Fewings (25) made runs before Cole went and Smith (24) got some with him as the target came down.

Nathan Wells (3-39) was Clyst’s leading bowler. Among the wicket takers was former Exmouth and Bovey Tracey left-armer Tim Downer, who is back in action after a lengthy break from league cricket.

Barnstaple & Pilton are up to fourth in the table having gone past neighbours North Devon 2nd XI, who were 41-run losers at Budleigh Salterton.

Steve Booth (62) and Donovan Robinson (33) gave Budleigh a 60-run start and a 20-ball cameo from Henry Collison (34) helped them reach 203 all out.

Fred King (2-38) knocked over both Budleigh openers, David Hartley (4-31) got stuck into the middle order and James Starkey (3-50) came back for a second spell to bump-off the tail.

Starkey opened up with 34 for North Devon and when he was second out on 60 North Devon seemed well placed to chase. Wickets tumbled to Adam Jones (4-25) and Lee Russell (2-24) as North Devon stumbled to 91 for seven.

Skipper Jonny Green (30) and Hartley (16) resisted for a while, but North Devon only got as far as 162 all out.