Iqbal six gives Braunton victory

Joseph Bulmer

CORNWOOD’S hopes of staving off relegation improved when their 2nd X1 gained a two-wicket win over North Devon.

North Devon – 88 for six at one stage – reached 131 all out as Matt Dart (21) and Tom Tom Ansell (35) put on 40 at the end.

Henry Bennett (5-37) helped dismiss North Devon, then assisted Dave Tall (50no) in chalking off the runs with a handy 20.

But it wasn’t a stroll for Cornwood as Billy Curtis (2-29), Dart (2-23) and Sam Witheridge (2-21) kept chipping away at the order.

Cornwood need six points off Hatherleigh this Saturday to be sure of dodging the drop.

HATHERLEIGH were rained off against Plympton – an outcome which did neither side any favours as they are stacked second and third from bottom.

WALEED Iqbal was Braunton’s match winner in the one-wicket win over visiting Plymstock.

Plymstock, who needed a win to stop Braunton getting away from them in the scrap to avoid going down with Sidmouth, were held to 153 for six – Ed Lockett unbeaten on 34.

Star man with the ball for Branton with four for 20 off 11 overs was Chris Brigden.

Ted Cumming (37) held Braunton’s innings together under pressure from Lee Savage (3-41) and Rob Baker (3-23).

The last over arrived with five needed to win and last pair Iqbal and Brigden in the middle. Iqbal hit the final ball for six to condemn Plymstock to a defeat, which almost certainly puts them down.

Two points at Chudleigh this Saturday will save Braunton’s skins.

BIDEFORD 2nd XI were the latest team to fall by they wayside when they ran into B Division 2nd XI champions Heathcoat.

Sean Andrews cracked 84 – he and Graham Clatworthy (42) put on 90 for the fifth wicket – as Heathcoat put up 241 for nine in 46 overs. Alex Crisp bagged six wickets for 46 runs for Bideford.

Ed Binns (530 and Crisp (32) then hauled Bideford out of the mire after they had been 67 for five with a stand worth 77 which got the score up to 144.

It was downhill all the way after that with Darron Drew (2-31) and Martyn Williams (2-34) backing up Harry McDowell as Bideford bowed out for 177 and lost by 64 runs.

OTTERY ST MARY regained top spot in the C Division with an 18-point, 92 run win, at Barnstaple & Pilton.

The Otters batted first and were led to 160-8 by Steve Forbes (40no) and Ed Fowler (27) with Matt Newton the most successful Barum bowler with 3-29.

Matt Reed then claimed 3-14 as the North Devon outfit were bundled out for 68 with only Danny Donovan making any impression with 22.

NORTH Devon 3rd XI had no game on Saturday.