Barnstaple & Pilton CC

CRICKET: Heavy defeats for Barnstaple and Bideford

North Devon Gazette

Barnstaple & Pilton’s winning run came to an end when they lost by 103 runs to Shobrooke Park.

Barnstaple & Pilton had won five on the trot, but were always second favourites after collapsing to 52 for six chasing 267 to win.

Chris Simpson (57) and Neil Branton (49) ran-up 113 for Shobrooke’s second wicket before Joe Hastie (4-70) split them up.

Andrew Codling (69) and Jermain Harding (72) added 126 for the fourth wicket in a total of 266 for five.

Codling (4-27) was largely responsible for B&P’s initial problems on the chase. Hastie (28) and captain Lee Cole (24) added some respectability to the scoreline, as did George Elnough (23).

Forty-one extras helped B&P reach 162 all out in the 42nd over.

Bideford were comprehensively defeated by seven wickets at Bridestowe and only batted 20 of their rain-reduced 28 overs as they were skittled for 70. James Ford (29) and Steve Bond (13) were the only double-figure scores in a sorry looking scorecard, which included seven ducks.

It could have been even fewer for Bridestowe to chase had it not been for a few dropped catches and 23 extras.

Bridestowe didn’t hang around in the chase, getting to the target in the 13th over.

Tallan Burns (13), Gary Sizmur (11), and Leon Horn (14) were all dismissed on the way, but Kian Burns (24no) soon got things finished with a flurry of boundaries.

Skipper Tom Brend said losing the toss and being asked to bat was the start of Bideford’s problems.

“We failed to adapt to the slow, sticky pitch with the bat and were skittled,” said Brend.

“Credit to their bowlers, who bowled with consistency and patience. At that point the game was pretty much done – it’s very hard to defend a total of 70 – but credit to the boys who pushed every ball

“And a particular shout-out to Jack Ancill, who claimed his first wicket for the 1st XI.

“We’re in a bit of a rut at the moment, and haven’t had much luck, but I fully expect us to bounce back at home to Ipplepen this Saturday.”