Glenn keeps Braunton in sight

Joseph Bulmer

Three-wicket win lifts North Devon side to third

BRAUNTON kept the A Division pacesetters in sight with a three-wicket win over visiting Exeter which lifted them to third, just eight points behind second-placed Sandford.

Glenn Lammonby made a patient 50 as Exeter cobbled together 150 for eight in sticky batting conditions at Kelsey.

Lammonby hauled Exeter out of the mire Jon Baglow (5-48) immersed them in with early wickets which saw 21 without loss become 27 for three as Mike Wilkinson, Rob Holman and Miles Lenygon went one after the other.

Callum Still made 20 – his run-out provoked some plain talking towards the officials from the Exeter camp – and Matt Medway added 20 more.

Knocking off the runs was no cakewalk for Braunton, who chalked off the last of them with two balls left in the game.

There were two wickets each for skipper Jon Tipper and Still. Miserly Adam Gribble sent down 15 overs for figures of one for 19.

Lots of bits and pieces – Jas Kalsi, Stuart Rhodes and Ian Roberts all got into the 20s – did the trick for Braunton. Mark Mitchell was 19 not out at the end.

Braunton visit leaders Torquay this Saturday.

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ED Yeo arrived late for the match but made up for lost time with a key innings when Barnstaple entertained Dartington & Totnes.

Yeo lashed 76 not out in the dying stages of the innings after coming in at number six as B&P recovered to make 200 for seven.

Tight bowling from Bertus Loots and Mick Rusling had kept the lid on B&P’s early batsmen, as had some great fielding which included a superb return catch by Ryan Stevenson and one at full stretch by Matt Thurlow.

Jack Popham made 32 and Brady Saunders 25 as B&P reached the 23 over mark on 72 for three.

The quick bowlers were brought back in the last six overs and that was when Yeo cut lose.

Yeo added 64 with help from Lee Cole and Tom Popham, reached 200 for seven on maximum batting points off the last ball.

Darts were there or thereabouts run-rate wise at 20 overs with 98 for four on the board and runs from Joe Hockings (21) and Kalon Veale (31) among the runs.

B&P’s catching was tip-top too – Yeo taking a juggling effort at slip – but until they split Thurlow (36) and Loots (22) a home win looked likely.

The stand between Thurlow and Loots had reached 57 when George McEndoo had Loots caught in the deep. Thurlow went soon after and when Ryan Stevenson was run out at162 for eight the chase was curtailed.

Harold Stevenson and Will Gornall went safety first to the draw at 175 for eight.

Wicketwise, there were two each for Jack Popham, Ross Burbridge and Henry McEndoo.

Barnstaple are away to Clyst St George this Saturday.

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MATT Allin hit an undefeated century as Bideford beat lowly Ashburton by eight wickets in the C Division.

Ashes laboured early on against Peter Waterman (2-38) and Matt Bettis (2-22) and were 86 for four when Ashley Berry (46) and Kev Nicholls (51) came together. Their stand of 60, plus 29 for Tony Lacey, took the score up to 181 for nine.

Allin then struck and unbeaten 101 for Bideford to lead them to an easy win.

A stand of 76 between Allin and Mike Young (36) left 56 to win with eight wickets in hand.

Allin reached his century with the winning runs without further mishap. Marcus West and Dean Topping took a wicket each for Ashes.

SRI Lankan big hitter Dhanuja Haturusingha blasted a whirlwind 84 not out to put Clyst Hydon in the driving seat against visiting Hatherleigh.

With Chris Jelley (51) and Graham Trude (58) going along happily, Clyst reached 151 for four.

Then Haturusingha smashed 50 off 14 balls as Hatherleigh’s bowlers felt the lash as Clyst reached 251 for five.

Haturusingha and George Pawley (10) put on 84 for the fifth wicket.

Hatherleigh had a job keeping up with the asking rate as Haturusingha (2-56), Kev Sercombe (2-53) and Phil Milner (3-22) pegged them down.

Simon Gillespie was 79 not out in a total off 213 for eight. Tom Rogers chipped in with 27.

Hatherleigh entertain Stoke Gabriel this Saturday while Bideford are away to Ivybridge.

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FILLEIGH tightened their grip on top spot in the E Division with a 17-run win over third-placed Upottery.

Batting first, Filleigh were indebted to a gritty knock of 47 from Mark Prideaux and 21 from Tom Marsh in a total of 153 all out.

Lee Nichol was the star for the visitors with a six-wicket haul.

Nichol finished with a season’s best to date of 6-62 from his thirteen overs.

Skipper David Woolacott led the run chase with a top score of 34 but Gary Henry (3-34), John Hickman (3-42) and James Hill (2-19) ensured that wickets fell along the way, the final one on 136 to leave Filleigh victorious.

Filleigh make the long trip to Uplyme this Saturday.

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