Hatherleigh hopes are dashed

Joseph Bulmer

ONLY one of the three top flight North Devon League games was played to a finish and that saw Hatherleigh suffer a fourth defeat of the season at Heathcoat that probably ends their hopes of landing the top honour this season.

Chris Small hit 74 to lead the Mid Devon side to 250-9 and then Martyn Williams claimed 4-34 as - Shane Dilling (42) apart - no visiting batsmen stuck around for long as Hatherleigh fell for 152.

They tried manfully to complete a 25-over game at North Devon, where Filleigh were the visitors, but the weather eventually won the day.

It was crash, bang, wallop as Filleigh racked up 208-3 in their 25 overs with Jaz Kalsi hitting 104 and Mark Prideaux 71. Dan Bowser bagged two of the three wickets to fall, but went for 46 in his five overs.

Neil Bettis (19) and Alex Smith (13) had chalked up 49 without loss from the first four overs when the weather finally ended any hopes of the game being completed.

There was not a single ball bowled in the other top flight game with Braunton calling off their fixture with Newton Tracey.

Division Two saw a close encounter at Morebath, where Incorrigibles were bundled out for just 119, but won the game by four runs!

Russell Hilton (29), Alex Elston (25), Ryan Bowden (21) and Les Rendall (14) all chipped in towards the visitors’ total. Alex Harrison claimed 4-24 for Morebath and then top scored with 24 in the reply, but the final wicket fell with the home side a single blow from victory on 115. Matt Weeks (3-24), James Hope (3-25) and Ryan Bowden (2-15) shared the bulk of the wicket taking.

It was not quite as close at Victoria Park, where Shebbear were beaten by five wickets.

Ollie Wicket hit 69 but no one stuck around with him for long as Shebbear were bowled out for 98. Ricky Kelly took 4-20 and Ian Brown 4-15 for Victoria Park, who were then grateful to contributions from Steve Oliver (30), Mark Bettis (25) and Kelly (20no) to seal their win. Andy Bryan bagged a brace of wickets for the visitors.

Weare Giffard climbed into the top four off the back of a two wicket win at home to Lynton and Lynmouth, who they bowled out for 190, with Paul Tuson (3-31) and Ian Jury (2-22) amongst the wickets. Ian Hobbs (55) and Lawrence May (51) were the main run getters for the visitors.

Tuson then top scored with 63 to lead the hosts to victory. Nick Bowen took 3-34 and Tristan Jones bagged a brace for Lynton and Lynmouth.

Matt Allin hit a superb unbeaten 97 to lead Bideford II to a nine wicket home win over ten man Filleigh II in Division Three.

Charles Cullen (55) and Jonathan Ley (35) helped the visitors to 154. Josh King claimed 4-24 for the hosts, who then sat back and watched Allin at work, with Dan Barrett also chipping in with a knock of 35.

Three times the teams left the field and three times they battled back on at Newton Tracey, before the elements eventually brought proceedings to a premature end. Visiting Sandford II were restricted to 186-8, led by Pete Whitby (47) and Gary Abdul (27). Andy Chatham (3-26) and John Brewer (2-31) were the principle wicket takers for Newton Tracey, who were in all sorts of bother on 44-7 when the rain closed in for the final time. Ashley Baker was the chief wicket taker for Sandford II, taking 5-10 in nine overs.

The previous day Newton Tracey II had boosted their promotion hopes with a 94 run win at home to Bratton Fleming in a game dominated by Bill Sobey.

Sobey first hit an unbeaten 93 to help his side to 275-6, with John Walmsley (45) and John Turner (45) also chipped in. He then claimed 3-22 as Bratton were bowled out for 181.

The top two in Division Four both won, with the quickest result of the day coming at leaders Belstone, who bowled out visiting Victoria Park II for just 45 and knocked them off for the loss of a single wicket.

Second placed Petrockstowe also won, but their game with visiting North Molton was a much closer affair.

Lewis Harris (16), Lee Cockwill (15) and Steve Cox (13) helped the home side limp to 79 all out. In conditions that favoured the bowlers throughout, Rob Ayre (3-16), James Tapp (3-24) and Philip Ley (3-24) claimed the wickets.

However, apart from Tapp (22), there was little to come from the visiting batsmen and North Molton were bowled out for 71. Lewis Harris completed a fine all-round effort with 2-7, Nigel Cockwill claimed 2-5 and Jack Morgan 2-21.

The game at Barnstaple and Pilton II, where Westleigh were due to visit, fell to the weather.

Just one game was played in Division Five, Barnstaple and Pilton III being nine wicket winners at Nomansland. Gary Say top scored with 49 for the Witheridge side who were restricted to 133-9 and this was passed for the loss of just one wicket by Barum.

Cheriton Fitzpaine became the latest side unable to field an eleven and so their game at Bratton Fleming II had to be cancelled. No play either at Bishop Nympton, where then weather prevented any play with Heathcoat III.


Division One

Filleigh 208-3 (J Kalsi 104, M Prideaux 71; D Bowser 2-46), North Devon 49-0 (N Bettis 19no, A Smith 13no) rsp – match abandoned.

Braunton versus Newton Tracey – no play rain.

Heathcoat 250-9 (C Small 74; Martin 4-34), Hatherleigh 152 (S Dilling 42; M Williams 4-34). Heathcoat (20pts) bt Hatherleigh (4) by 98 runs.

Division Two

Incorrigibles 119 (R Hilton 29, A Elston 25, R Bowden 21, L Rendall 14; A Harrison 4-24, L Hooper 3-54), Morebath 115 (A Harrison 24; M Weeks 3-24, J Hope 3-25, R Bowden 2-15). Incorrigibles (20pts) bt Morebath (10) by 4 runs.

Shebbear 98 (O Wicket 69; I Brown 4-15, R Kelly 4-20), Victoria Park 103-5 (S Oliver 30, M Bettis 25, R Kelly 20no; A Bryan 2-21). Victoria Park (20pts) bt Shebbear (5) by 5 wkts.

Weare Giffard versus Lynton and Lynmouth – not received

Shobrooke Park versus Beaford – not received

Division Three

Newton Tracey II 275-6 (B Sobey 93no, J Walmsley 45, J Turner 45), Bratton Fleming 200 (B Sobey 3-30). Newton Tracey II (20pts) bt Bratton Fleming (4) by 75 runs.

Sandford II 186-8 (P Whitby 47, G Abdul 27; A Chatham 3-26, J Brewer 2-31), Newton Tracey II 44-7 rsp (A Baker 5-10). Match abandoned.

Filleigh II 154 (C Cullen 55, J Ley 35; J King 4-24), Bideford II 155-1 (M Allin 97no, D Barrett 35). Bideford II 920pts) bt Filleigh II (1) by 9 wkts.

Division Four

Victoria Park II 45, Belstone 46-1 – no other details received. Belstone (20pts) bt Victoria Park II (1) by 9 wkts.

Petrockstowe 79 (L Harris 16, L Cockwill 15, S Cox 13; P Ayre 3-16, J Tapp 3-24, P Ley 3-30), North Molton 71 (C Kavanagh 23, J Tapp 22; N Cockwill 2-5, L Harris 2-7, J Morgan 2-21). Petrockstowe (20pts) bt North Molton 910) by 8 runs.

Braunton Kelsey 224, Lynton and Lynmouth II 60 – no other details received. Braunton Kelsey (20pts) bt Lynton and Lynmouth II (0) by 164 runs.

Barnstaple and Pilton II versus Westleigh – no play rain.

Division Five

Nomansland 133-9 (G Say 49), Barnstaple and Pilton III 137-1. Barnstaple and |Pilton III (20pts) bt Nomansland (1) by 9 wkts.

Bishops Nympton versus Heathcoat II – no play rain.

Bratton Fleming II versus Cheriton Fitzpaine. Cheriton Fitzpaine could not raise a side. Bratton Fleming (20pts), Cheriton Fitzpaine minus two off average).

Filleigh III versus Ilfracombe (Saturday game) – result not received.