Last unbeaten record in league is shattered

Joseph Bulmer

Leaders Barnstaple and Pilton taste defeat at Morebath

The last remaining unbeaten record was ended when Division Two leaders Barnstaple and Pilton went down by a single run at Morebath.

Elsewhere on week 19 there were two hat-tricks with one taken by Jonathan Hunter of Newton Tracey in the Division One game at home to Filleigh, while David Binns bagged his treble in an over that actually saw him take four wickets, that for Belstone in the Division Four game at home to Lynton and Lynmouth II.

Division One

Just two top flight games were staged with one of them signalling the end of the Hatherleigh’s title hopes as they suffered a fourth defeat of the season, surprisingly beaten by 103 runs at struggling Sandford who hauled themselves out of the bottom two as a result of their victory.

Filleigh’s penultimate outing of the term saw them win by 89 runs at Newton Tracey where they batted first and closed on 218-9. Jaz Kalsi fell nine short of yet another century. He and Gary Henry, the latter batting at number ten, took the score from a perilous 114-8 to 209-9, Henry finishing unbeaten on 41.

Jonathan Hunter was the pick of the home bowlers taking 6-56 including a hat-trick. Simon Gear was the only batsman to prosper in the reply with a knock of 44 as Jamie Palmer (3-17), Gary Henry (2-37) and Mike Prideaux (2-38) picked up wickets.

Division Two

The big surprise came at bottom of Division Two table Morebath where leaders Barnstaple and Pilton saw their unbeaten record ended in a thrilling contest that went right down to the wire.

Richard Saville (79) and Robb Venn (32) saw the hosts to 197-9. Dave Orr then led the run chase with 53 whilst the hosts kept the pressure on, using no fewer than six bowlers. Robb Venn produced the most economical figures of 1-14, Ed Marks picked up 2-33 and the all-important final wicket was taken by Andrew Foxwood with a smart caught and bowled, to take the final Barum wicket off the penultimate delivery with the visitor’s two runs from victory, bowled out for 196.

Beaford were 37-run winners in a low scoring affair at Victoria Park. Geoff Lake (35) and Mark Lake (28) led the visitors to 135-8. Andy Jeffrey (4-24) and Marc Bettiss (3-17) were the principle wicket takers for Victoria Park who were then hustled out for just 98 with Colin Bettiss top scoring with 19. Mark Lake finished with the stunning figures of 6-4 from nine overs and Ali James ended with 4-22.

Shobrooke Park climbed out of the bottom two with a thrilling four run home win over Incorrigibles.

Division Three

A waterlogged wicket put paid to the section’s Match of the Day with no play possible at second in the table Bratton Fleming where table topping Halberton were the scheduled visitors.

Holsworthy hauled themselves away from the relegation places with their sixth win of the season in a low scoring affair with visiting Filleigh II. The hosts batted first and were bowled out for 105 with only Matt Marks (29) and Andrew Butler (24) making much impression as Martin Brice (4-25) and Andrew Collier (3-15) did the damage with the ball.

Brice then top scored with 25 in the reply but that was almost half the entire team offering, the final wicket falling on 55! Jack Greening took 4-12 and Andrew Butler finished with 3-17.

Newton Tracey II were bowled out for 159 at North Devon II with Andy Chatham (49) and Colin Wadsworth (47) the principle run scorers. Raymond Clark claimed 6-18 in nine overs for the Instow men who were taken to an emphatic ten wicket win by openers Dan Pickard (81) and Tom Stanton (64).

Division Four.

Belstone bagged a tenth win of the season and edged closer to promotion with a nine wicket home win over Lynton and Lynmouth II. Petrockstowe were bowled out for 127 at Kelseymen but still managed to win the game by 33 runs.

Joe Kelly hit 51 to top score in a North Devon III offering of 196-8 at North Molton. Peter Davis (2-41) and Adam Crisp (2-38) claimed wickets for the ghost who were then bowled out for 139. Chris Turner (35) and Davis (18) provided the main individual offerings as Fergus O’Donnell (2-6), Ali Kelly (2-18) and Sam Meadowcroft (2-32) claimed wickets for the Instow side.

Division Five

In the one Saturday game played, Filleigh III were 63-run winners at home to Bratton Fleming II. Heathcoat II edged closer to promotion with a seven-wicket win at Barnstaple and Pilton where the bat ruled for much of the contest. Nomansland were 34 run winners at home to Bishop Nympton. Stuart Cole (52) top scored in Nomansland’s 190 all out. James Campbell took four wickets for the visitors who were then bowled out for 156. Mike Burrows top scored with 27 whilst Max Borchardt claimed 3-35 for the hosts.