Mark Lake, Captain of Hatherleigh CC - PPAUK

CRICKET: Happy Hatherleigh secure crucial win in survival fight

North Devon Gazette

Hatherleigh won for only the second time this season in the Premier Division when they defeated Sidmouth by 52 runs.

One win is not enough to lift Hatherleigh out of the basement – and safety is no closer as third-bottom Bovey Tracey defeated Cornwood to stay 21 points distant.

But any sort of win is a step in the right direction for Hatherleigh skipper Mark Lake as the season reaches the halfway stage this Saturday.

Take away Kaglso Rapulana’s 47 at the top of the order and there was not much from the Hatherleigh batting in a running total of 78 for five.

Badly needed ‘oomph’ came from Paul Heard (25) and Ryan Davies (41), then tail-ender Charlie Presswell (23), as Hatherleigh recovered to reach 207 all out.

Sidmouth were in all sorts of trouble at 11 for three in reply before Jamie Baird (25) and Codi Yusuf (23) started nibbling away at the deficit.

Dylan Hurst (39) also made inroads and Cameron Grainger made 38 not out. But the tail was unable to support Grainger in a meaningful way, as Sidmouth folded on 155.

Hatherleigh skipper Lake spun his way to three for 34 and there were two wickets each for Paul Heard, Charlie Presswell and Achilles Browne.

“Lots of individuals stood up with special mentions to youngsters Charlie Presswell and Achilles Browne, who really impressed with the ball,” said Lake.

“We did very well getting the total we did, then bowled with real discipline on a decent track.”

Hatherleigh 2nd XI had to work every inch of the way for a one-wicket win over Ivybridge.

Ivybridge were all out for 195, which Hatherleigh got after a defiant last-wicket stand between Richard Tidball and tail-ender Ed Dumpleton, who put on 39 to win it.

Best of the bowling for Hatherleigh came from Tom Carroll (3-29) and Henry Nicholson (3-28) with Tidball (2-23) not far behind.

Openers Ryan Quick (34) and Greg Solkin (29) pointed Hatherleigh in the right direction before they slipped to 92 for six.

Danny Forrester (43) staved off total collapse, but when he was out on 158 for nine, it looked like Ivybridge’s game.

Dumpleton and Tidball had other ideas and saw Hatherleigh home.