Hatherleigh 3rd XI won away at Bridestowe

CRICKET: Hatherleigh slip further into Premier Division peril

North Devon Gazette

Hatherleigh have drifted 15 points away at the bottom of the Premier Division table following a four-wicket defeat by Cornwood.

Hatherleigh made sedate progress to 134 for six with no one making more than openers Rob Fishleigh (23) and Gareth Tidball (35), who used up 18 overs reaching 56 for one.

Hatherleigh were obliged to Jasper Presswell (51no) and Ryan Davies (50) for a seventh-wicket stand of 79 that took them close to an eventual total of 218 for seven.

Cornwood were 82 for two in reply halfway through their 50-over allocation – Max Finzel (46) and Ryan Rickard (50) leading the way – and they carried on chipping away at the deficit until the 35-over mark (123-4) when the loud pedal was pressed.

Two wayward overs from Charlie Presswell took 23 off the target and after that it was downhill all the way for Hatherleigh. Skeemer – 47 not out off 39 balls – and George Thompson (23no) took the Corns to victory with two overs to go.

Mark Lake, the Hatherleigh captain, felt his side let a game they could have won slip away.

“I thought 218 was a tough chase and we were in control of the game with 10 overs to go,” said Lake.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t maintain our standards with the ball and we ended up falling short. Cornwood batted well and all credit them.”

Resurgent Barnstaple are up to fourth spot in the D East table following a nine-wicket win over Feniton.

That’s four wins on the reel for Barnstaple & Pilton, who spent most of last season fighting to stay in the D Division East.

The last time B&O won four games in a row was way back in 2006 when they were C Division champions.

Feniton were bowled out for 119 in 39 overs. Wickets fell two by two to Giles Bashford, Jimmer Thomas and Lee Cole before Joe Hastie (4-16) polished off the remnants.

James Poole (30) and Matt Newton gave B&P a 53-run start. Thomas (26no) was the next man in and saw it through with Newton (59no).

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