Filleigh go top of North Devon League

Joseph Bulmer

FILLEIGH have moved back to the top of North Devon League Division 1 after a six wicket win at Morebath. It was a fifth win of the term for Filleigh and a fifth reversal for the Mid Devon side. Morebath batted first and closed on 225-8 with James Mars

FILLEIGH have moved back to the top of North Devon League Division 1 after a six wicket win at Morebath.

It was a fifth win of the term for Filleigh and a fifth reversal for the Mid Devon side. Morebath batted first and closed on 225-8 with James Marsh taking 4-49 for the visitors while Jamie Palmer, who opened the bowling, sent down six successive maidens and finished his nine-over stint with 1-17.

Jaz Kalsi then led the run chase for the title hopefuls. He was just a single run shy of a century when the winning line was crossed. Simon Prideaux weighed in with 82 as he and Kalsi put on 143 for the second wicket and Filleigh claimed victory with fully 20 overs to spare.

Bideford climbed up a place to fifth in the table after they beat visiting Sandford by five wickets.

The visitors batted first and were restricted to 225-8, with James Ford taking 3-28, and skipper Ian Hayter (3-32). Ford then completed a fine all round effort with a top score of 64 and there were supporting contributions from Andy Webbe (45), Matt Allin (22) and Liam Kerr (22no).

Newton still unbeaten

In Division 2, Newton Tracey remain the only one hundred per cent side throughout the five divisions after recording a sixth victory in six outings with a seven wicket win at home to Bratton Fleming.

Graham Barrow (67), Adam Paine (42) and James Tapp (40) were the principle run getters as Bratton Fleming closed on 224-8. Dan Newby (3-36) and Simon Gear (2-32), were the main wicket takers. Cousins Simon and Martin Gear then set up the Newton win. Simon hit 83 and Martin struck an unbeaten 79.

Shebbear maintained their challenge with a 54 run home win over Lynton and Lynmouth.

James Starkey (93) and Ollie Wicket (49) led the home side to 295. Connor Constable claimed 5-70 for the visitors, who were then bowled out for 241. Dave Proctor led the with a century, while Bob Barnes was the most successful of the home bowlers with 3-39.

Beaford stay third after a four wicket win at home to Incorrigibles.

The visitors were bowled out for 107, with Alex Crisp taking 4-18 and Alan James bagging 2-2. The home side then got home with four wickets to spare, thanks to the combined efforts of Ali McMillan (41) and Dan Lane (24). Alex Elston and Ryan Bowden each bagged a brace of wickets for the visitors.

There was no action at Hatherleigh owing to scheduled visitors Barnstaple & Pilton being another side unable to field an eleven for the game.

Just two games were played in Division 3.

With leaders North Devon II not in action the spotlight fell on second placed Weare Giffard and they were comfortable 82 run winners at home to Bideford in a game dominated by Mike Hedden.

Hedden first scored 85 as he and Scott Huxtable (45) led their side to 238-9 and then claimed 4-14 as Bideford were bowled out for 156.

Newton Tracey II continue to emulate their club's 1st XI by topping their division, their fifth win in seven Division 4 outings keeping them top.

They scored 252, led by Graham Persson with 82 and then bundled the hosts out for 136, with John Brewer and Connor Nash both taking three wickets. Patrick Crane top scored for the hosts with 57. In the visitors innings there was also a three wicket haul each for the Ayre brothers, Neil and Steve.

Kelseymen went down by 143 runs at Halberton, where the hosts closed on 283-8. Tom Johnson took 2-32 for the visitors who were then bowled out for just 140. Joe Barnes top scored with 27.

Record stand

There was a glut of runs at North Molton, where the home side plundered 405-3, answered in kind by visiting Lynton and Lynmouth with 316-9.

James Geen (168) and Dominic Ford (129) posted a new league best for the opening wicket with a stand of 324. Late runs came from Matt Geen , brother of the centurion, and Jack Reed, who both had unbeaten knocks of 36.

Ian Hobbs (76) and David Lake (72) led the run chase, while Reed completed a fine all round effort with 2-33 and Pete Davis claimed 3-36.

Ilfracombe and Belstone agreed to rearrange their meeting for August 14 so that both sides could watch the England World Cup game on television.

Teenage tons

North Devon III are the new leaders of Division 5 and they reached the summit in some style, crushing the morning's leaders Petrockstowe by 191 runs at Instow.

Once again it was the North Devon young guns who starred as 17-year-old Jack Ashmore thumped 152 and 15-year-old Joe Kelly cracked 110. The youngsters put on 253 for the first wicket. Lawson Trenellen and Nigel Cockwill both claimed a brace of wickets for the visitors. Petrockstowe were then bundled out for 143. Brendon Harris hit 65, while Fergus O'Donnell (3-9) and Joe Kelly (2-5), were the pick of the home bowlers.

Filleigh III won their sixth game in eight outings with an eight wicket success at home to Cheriton Fitzpaine.

The Mid Devon side batted first and scored 126 with Jack Wakeley (4-29) and Tim Henry (3-34) the principle wicket takers. Then, after John Bawden was out for 31, two of the many Filleigh youngsters took charge - 14-year-olds Harvey Ashdown (48) and Nathan Shervington (27no) seeing their side to victory.