North Devon Cricket League

Joseph Bulmer

THERE was frustration for title chasing Filleigh at the weekend as rain hit their attempts to take on Heathcoat. The second and third-placed sides hung around and tried to play a 20-over game, but that also met a watery grave as the heavens opened withou

THERE was frustration for title chasing Filleigh at the weekend as rain hit their attempts to take on Heathcoat.

The second and third-placed sides hung around and tried to play a 20-over game, but that also met a watery grave as the heavens opened without a ball being bowled.

A resolution is needed of the fixture pile up caused by Bradninch, who have yet to play both the two sides battling for the Division 1 title. But the Mid Devon side's secretary Chris Dean has acknowledged that they are unlikely to be able to fulfil all their outstanding games.

Just one match went ahead in Division Two and it provided a conclusive outcome as Bratton Fleming beat visiting Shebbear by eight wickets.

Jim Brock top scored for Shebbear with an unbeaten 20 in the side's humble offering of 108. Pete Simmons (3-34) and James Thomas (1-29), combined to ensure there was not too much of a target for the home batsmen to chase. Two wickets were lost fairly early on, but then Adam Payne (53no) and Graham Brown (26no) saw the hosts to a comfortable victory in their final game. Bratton have, however, been relegated despite their fourth win of the campaign.

Westleigh continued to battle the drop from Division Three as they put a big dent in the promotion hopes of Sandford II, beating them by 59 runs.

Westleigh all-rounder James Corry shone again. First he hit 71, adding 110 for the fourth wicket with James Tythcott (5) to take the hosts to 168. That proved beyond the visitors, who were bowled out for 109 as Sean Floyd took 4-20 and Corry picked up 3-17.

The defeat sees Sandford slip out of the promotion places. The Creedy Park side have three to play and will probably need to win them all if they are to join Newton Tracey in Division Two next season.

North Devon III took advantage of the Sandford defeat by beating a 10-man Barnstaple & Pilton at Instow by 50 runs. This moves them level with the Mid Devon side in the race to go up with Weare Giffard.

Joe Kelly (70) and Tom Stanton (44) provided the bulk of the home runs in a total of 194-6. Gary Elder took 4-25 for Barum, who were then bowled out for 144 with only Michael Paine (25) and James Rowe (20) able to make any impression as Fergus O'Donnell (4-21) and John Wainwright (2-22) claimed the wickets.

Everyone was celebrating at stumps in the Division Four game at Belstone.

The hosts were happy to have beaten table topping Newton Tracey II - only the third team to beat them this term. And Newton were pleased that the six points they collected from the 23-run defeat were sufficient to see them crowned as divisional champions, whatever the outcome of their final game next Sunday.

Belstone batted first and were bundled out for 107 with only Andy King (26) and Scott Tremain (23) making any impression. Andy Chatham took 3-9 for Newton and then hit one of only two double figure scores in the visitors' reply as they floundered on 84. His 12 runs were only bettered by Hedley Toogood with 29. Andy King completed a fine game for Belstone with 4-21 and Harry Bushin took 3-12.

Halberton picked up their 11th win in 15 starts on their visit to Victoria Park 11 to maintain their challenge for Division 3 cricket next season.

Sam Franks (3-15), Thomas Radley (3-18) and skipper Ritchie Durrant (2-6) combined to bowl out their Park hosts for 108. Then George Rowe (32) and Adrian Hicks (24) guided the visitors to a four wicket win.

Division Five is set for a thrilling conclusion with North Devon III, Petrockstowe and Heathcoat II all having a points average of 17-plus

The Instow side is ahead by a decimal point, with four to play, while the other two each have just one engagement left.

Heathcoat won their penultimate outing, beating Bishop Nympton by 150 runs at Knightshayes. Jim Cridland continued his fine batting form, stopped just short of another century with a top score of 97 and is currently averaging 77. Dan Copp (28) and Sean Andrews (23) both chipped in as the Knightshayes men closed on 241.

Alex Kennedy claimed 3-20 for the visitors, who were then bowled out for 91, with the only batsmen to make an impression being Patrick Talbot with 24.


Division One: Filleigh versus Heathcoat. No play rain.

Division Two: Shebbear 108 (J Brock 20no; P Simmons 3-34, J Thomas 1-29), Bratton Fleming 109-2 (A Payne 53no, G Brown 26no). Bratton Fleming (20pts) bt Shebbear (2) by 8 wkts.

Division Three: North Devon II 194-6 (J Kelly 70, T Stanton 44; G Elder 4-25), Barnstaple & Pilton II 144-9 (M Paine 25, J Rowe 20; F O'Donnell 4-21, J Wainwright 2-22). North Devon III (20pts) bt Barnstaple & Pilton II (6) by 50 runs.

Westleigh 168 (J Corry 71, J Tythcott 50), Sandford II 109 (S Floyd 4-20, J Corry 3-17). Westleigh (20pts) bt Sandford II (4) by 59 runs.

Division Four: Belstone 107 (A King 26, S Tremain 23; A Chatham 3-9), Newton Tracey II 84 (H Toogood 29, A Chatham 12; A King 4-21, H Bushin 3-12). Belstone (20pts) bt Newton Tracey II (6) by 23 runs.

Lynton & Lynmouth II 219-9 (D Proctor 83, A Rodway 53, G Phillips 18; J Sutton 4-19), Ilfracombe 82 (M Creek 83; S Lake 3-20, N Constable 3-18). Lynton & Lynmouth II (20pts) bt Ilfracombe (0) by 137 runs. Ilfracombe

Victoria Park II 108 (S Franks 3-15, T Radley 3-18, R Durrant 2-6), Halberton 109-6 (G Rowe 32, A Franks 24). Halberton (20pts) bt Victoria Park II (6) by 4 wkts.

Division Five: Heathcoat 241 (J Cridland 97, D Copp 28, S Andrews 23; Kennedy 3-20), Bishop Nympton 91 (P Talbot 24; M Handford 3-18, N Lineham 2-6, D Copp 2-14, W Browne 2-16). Heathcoat II (20pts) bt Bishop Nympton (0) by 150 runs. Bishop Nympton