Bideford cricketers

CRICKET: Braunton dominate against some famous local names

North Devon Gazette

Braunton ran into two former Devon captains in their C East game against Exmouth 2nd XI, but still came away with a nine-wicket win in a rain-adjusted game.

Exmouth’s first team was hard-hit by absenteeism for their game at Barton, which meant calling in a few favours from semi-retired players like Nick Folland and Bob Dawson.

Dawson made 27 and was one of the batsmen out in a running total of 130 for four. The others were Harrison Folland (24), Codie Stydom (33) and Ed Maynard (37).

Once Dawson went, no-one reached double figures, including Folland. Devon’s all-time record run scorer with more than 10,000 to his name, only made two before Callum Mitchell (4-21) prised him out.

Braunton’s Dan Brierley has three wickets and there were two for Steve Moore, who also played for the county in his prime, as Exmouth were held to 156 for nine.

A rain break left Braunton a reduced target of 132 to win and 38 overs to get them. They did it in 22.3.

Rob Collier (45no) and Mitchell (65) broke the back of the chase by putting on 104 for the first wicket. Alfie Huxtable (12no) was in at the end with Collier.

Bideford came up short on the chase by 10 runs in a rain-affected meeting with Clyst St George.

The villagers made 262 for nine in their full 45 overs with opener Chris Ferro (65no) and Andy Donovan (95) tucking into the Bideford bowling in different ways.

Bideford lost 10 overs batting time due to a rain interlude after they went and that brought their target down to 204 to win.

Having been in a commanding position at 110 for one before it rained – Hayter (58), Tom Brend (34) and Ollie Hannam (47) making contributions – the situation changed after the restart.

Fifty to win from the last five overs was too many, even with six wickets in hand, although they gave it a go and got it down 13 from the final over bowled by paceman Donovan. He took two wickets to win that particular battle, as Bideford closed on 194 for eight.