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CRICKET: North Devon waltz to Knock Out Cup victory

North Devon Gazette

The weekend started on Friday evening, with the final of the North Devon Knock-Out between North Devon and Barnstaple & Pilton at Instow.

A large crowd of 200+ saw North Devon flog the B&P bowling to all parts as they raced to a total of 216 for 5. When James Poole took a great catch to get rid of Jay Rothery (19) in the third over, B&P saw their former team-mate Jack Moore walk out to the crease.

Jack proceeded to dominate the game, his 91 came off 52 balls, and included 11 fours and four sixes. When he was caught and bowled by James Thomas, he had taken the total to 199.

B&P needed to start quickly, however, that ambition was thwarted by another B&P old boy George McEndoo, as he bowled the first over for two runs, and the wicket of danger-man Drew Fewings.

B&P struggled to get the bowling away, despite the best efforts of Thomas, Poole and Rob Holm. Matt Westaway kept up the theme of former B&P players hurting their former club with four tight overs.

Division 1 saw Belstone entertain Heathcoat and win a tight game by five runs. The Foxes scored a total of 164. James Ewen top-scored with 60, Daniel Fogarty (27) and Callum Mallett helped the cause. There were three wickets each for Harry Pryce and Richard Pugsley.

Heathcoat opener Ed Butler fought a lone battle with 71, as the visitors ultimately fell one blow short of victory. Fogarty, Ryan Dennis, and Harry Bushin all got a couple of wickets for the Foxes.

Newton Tracey scored 196 all out at Westleigh, and lost by 4 wickets.

In Division 2, Ilfracombe travelled to Nomansland and came off second best in a low scoring affair. Combe were bustled out for 71 in 20 overs, Chris Ayres and David Cain the only double figure batters. Jacob Cole and Oliver Lowe took three wickets each.

The Witheridge outfit took 12 overs to knock off the runs for the loss of four wickets, Ed Carter notching an unbeaten 32, and he got help from Thomas Murphy (21). Kevin Clarke took a couple for Combe.