Jack Popham batting for North Devon against Paignton Photo: Fiona Tyson

CRICKET: North Devon take top spot in the Premier Division

North Devon Gazette

North Devon are the new leaders in the Tolchards DCL Premier Division following a four-run win over Paignton in the Sandhills.

Dan Bowser (41) and Darren Butler (44), North Devon’s left-hander openers, started brightly before George Benton (2-36) and Connor Ashworth (3-28) slowed things down.

A running total of 100 for two when Bowser got out became 114 for five, then 135 for six, before Issac Windley (31) and Jack Popham (21) kicked the innings back into life.

George McEndoo’s 37 not out from 38 balls at the end helped North Devon reach 228 for nine in 48 overs.

North Devon's Fred King bowling from the Pavilion End in the win over Paignton Photo: Fiona Tyson
North Devon's Fred King bowling from the Pavilion End in the win over Paignton Photo: Fiona Tyson

Sam Woodcock spun his way to three North Devon wickets for 43 runs scored off him.

Paignton’s target came down to 193 to win after 10 overs were lost to rain –and they were seldom up with the asking rate until the latter stages.

Harry Ward (32), Divy Saxena (51) and Luke Medlock got Paignton to 131 for four with six overs to go.

Despite some big hits from Medlock as overs went for 13 (Fred King), 12 (Jack Moore) and 10 (Jack Hockin), Paignton needed 18 off the last over from Popham and it proved too many with Medlock now out for 66. They closed on 188 for seven.

North Devon's Darren Butler bowling against Paignton Photo: Fiona Tyson
North Devon's Darren Butler bowling against Paignton Photo: Fiona Tyson

North Devon 2nd XI held on under pressure to beat Sampford Peverell & Tiverton by five runs.

Richard Wild hammered out another message to the North Devon selectors with 95 off 65 balls in his side’s 30-over total of 205 for six.

Wild was the last man out in the rain-reduced innings having scored most of the runs in a stand of 79 with Josh King (21). Jay Rothery made 31 and Ed Yeo 24.

No one could accuse SP&T of not going all out to win the game as Lee Hooper (25), Rob Venn (41) and Richard Pugsley (36) got them close.

Ten to win from the final over, bowled by former Devon seamer Josh King, was just a few too many and SP&T ran out of time on 200 for six.

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