NORTH Devonâ€™s lead over Exmouth at the top of the Premier Division was cut to three points after they drew with Bradninch in a nail-biter.
With James Street cracking a top score of 93 and Tim Piper making a half century as well, Bradninch reached 248 for nine in their 50 overs.
North Devon went off in hot pursuit with Craig Overton leading the way and needing eight to win off the last over from Ben Slack (4-68).
Paul Heard (15no) and Rob Ayre (22no) got it down to four off the last ball and could only manage two, which meant Bradninch were a run ahead and claimed the winning draw.
Bradninch had not had the best of starts when they batted as opener Richard Cater went in the second over to Glen Querl (4-51).
Brad Cachopa was bowled by Craig Overton for 30 with the score on 33 as Piper was digging in at the other end ff an anchorman role.
Piper (55) and Street put on 113 then Sean Nowak (46) joined Street to make another 78.
Wickets fell in the last few overs to Jamie Overton (2-30) as Bradninch took a few chances.
North Devon saw Neil Bettis out early to Nowak (2-70) and Mike Heddon not long after. Craig Overton (61) and Querl (24) put on 44 then Jamie Overton (38) joined his twin in a stand of 59 that nibbled away at the target.
Left-arm spinner Squire got Jamie Overton out when he pulled a long-hop straight up in the air for Ross Acton to catch.The chase continued with Rob Gear (35), Ayre and Heard getting North Devon close but not close enough.
BRAUNTON got back on track in the A Division after their setback against Torquay when they won by nine-wickets at gloomy Barton.
Barton were bowled out for 101, which Braunton knocked off with almost 20 overs to spare.
Take out Damon Callandâ€™s 22 and 19 from Tom Briggs, there wasnâ€™t a lot from the rest until last man Tom Porter (14) earned a batting bonus point with three lusty blows to the boundary.
Barton had particular trouble against spinners Harry Booker (3-25) and Andy Paddison (3-11) who did most of the bowling damage. Barton did get an early breakthrough when Andy Paddison went for 12. That was as good as it got for Barton though as Jas Kalsi (59no) and Stuart Rhodes (21) knocked off the rest.
BARNSTAPLE moved up to second in the B Division table thanks to the proceeds of a drawn game at Chagford
Billy Searle top scored with 80 in Chagfordâ€™s tally of 268 for eight. Along the way the 15-year-old all-rounder put on 145 for the fifth wicket with Derek Lammonby.
Searle hit 10 fours while Lammonby cracked a six and eight fours in his unbeaten 69.
Pick of the B&P bowlers with four for 77 was Jack Popham.
The B&P reply was dominated by Ed Yeo with an undefeated 136, but one man canâ€™t do it all on his own â€“ especially when the chase sits at 95 for five.
Only Brady Saunders made it into the 20s in support of Yeo as B&P reached 213 for seven in reply.
Lammonby capped a fine game with four for 56 and Jerry Christophers had two for 48.
Barnstaple entertain first-time visitors South Devon this Saturday.
BIDEFORD slipped down to fifth in the C Division rankings after slipping up at home by five wickets to Stoke Gabriel.
Matt Allin (63) and James Ford (25) hoisted 73 for the first wicket, but there was vey little to follow as Lockyer (2-17), Sam Hill (2-45) and Simon Phillips (2-56) did their stuff.
A ninth-wicket stand of 40 between Chris Luxton (23) and Martin Stewart (18no) helped Bideford reach 188 for nine.
Stoke clattered along to 145 without loss as Rob Baker (65) and Andy Lockyer (62) got on with it.
Ford (4-49) had some success for Bideford, but Nathan Kidd and Dave Bolland batted on undefeated to seal the points.
HATHERLEIGH won by six wickets against visiting Seaton to move out of the bottom two.
Alex Hunt top scored on 39 in a disappointing Seaton total of 141 all out. They were 88 for two then collapsed to 96 for six and despite a stand of 34 between Hunt and Max Hancock (16) there was no way back.
Simon Gillespie (5-29) dominated the bowling returns. The Hatherleigh reply was anchored around Mark Lake (39no) and Hugh Romans (21). Thirty-five extras helped!
A stand of 68 between Lake and Gillespie (10) for the fourth wicket killed Seaton off.
FILLEIGH won their first game of the new league season at the third time of asking in the E Division with a six-wicket home verdict over Kilmington.
The East Devon side batted first and edged past maximum batting points before closing on 201-9. Tom Gooding (49) and Will Wilmott (43) led them to their total with John Hickman bowling an inspired spell of 12 overs that yielded the experienced seamer seven wickets for 53.
Rob Collier the hit an unbeaten 67 and skipper Simon Prideaux chipped in with 42 as the home side cantered to victory. Hal Cook claimed 2-48 for well-beaten Kilmington. Filleigh are away to Babbacombe this Saturday.
NORTH DEVON 2nd XI were on the wrong end of a 10-wicket drubbing at Exeter in the Premier Division 2nd XI competition. Ollie Hunt (68) and Dan Bowser (46) put on 107 without loss, then Max Curtis hit 42 in a 50-over total of 219 for nine.
Exeter openers Mike Wilkinson (125no) and Sean Langford (89no) knocked off the run with five overs to spare.
Hatherleigh were 106-run losers at Budlegh Salteton, where they let the home side off the hook and were made to pay a heavy price.
With Ross Cherrington (3-42) and Ian Cockwill (2-24) among the wickets, Budleigh subsided to 46 for four.
Ian Taylor (73) and Charles Morris (65no) added 125 for the fifth wicket as Budleigh recovered to finish on 214 for six.
HATHERLEIGH were all out for 108 in reply with Cockwill (28) and Mark Jones (24) the only significant scorers. They slumped from 25 for none to 29 for three, wobbled on to 67 for six and were all out in the 26th over.
Morris capped a fine game with four for 17 and Matt Plowman had four more for 24.
Braunton cam off second best when they ran into early A Division leaders Barton at Kelsey.
Dale Adderley (44) and Richard Farkins (50) pointed Barton towards a total of 174 all out, helped by Jimmy Hamilton (20) giving Farkins a helping hand adding 60 for the fourth wicket.
Taylor Latham (4-25) and Dan Crocombe (2-15) were the pick of the Braunton bowlers.
BRAUNTON were shot out for 127 in reply by Barton veterans Mike Lievesley (4-25) and Pete Gartrell (4-48).
After Jack Spicer (31) was sixth out at 99, Braunton fell apart.
Elsewhere, Bideford 2nd XI lost by seven wickets at Stoke Gabriel and Barnstaple & Pilton were five-wicket losers at Cornwood.
BARNSTAPLE and Pilton lost to Cornwood 111, who overtook their 193-8 total with five wickets to spare.
A Fewings hit 42 and R Wilkins 34 for Barnstaple, but P Bees 52no and R Cavendish 41no steered Cornwood to victory.
Budleigh 214-6 (C Morris 65no, I Taylor 73, L White 22; R Cherrington 3-42, I Cockwill 2-24), Hatherleigh 108 (I Cockwill 28, M Jones 24; M Plowman 4-24, C Morris 4-17). Budleigh (20pts) bt Hatherleigh (1) by 106 runs.
North Devon 219-9 (O Hunt 68, D Bowser 46, M Curtis 42; T Legodi 2-41, S Milne 2-42, T Grimes 2-63), Exeter 222-0 (M Wilkinson 125no, S Langford 89no). Exeter (19pts) bt North Devon (5) by 10 wkts.
Barton 174 (D Adderley 44, R Farkins 50, J Hamilton 20; T Latham 4-25, D Crocombe 2-15, M Johnson 2-46), Braunton 127 (J Spicer 31, D Cresswell 24; M Lievesley 4-25, P Gartrell 4-48). Barton (18pts) bt Braunton (7) by 37 runs.
Bideford 185-8 (J Weeks 48, A Crisp 48, P Macmillan 23; J Tolley 4-47, A Lee 3-45), Stoke Gabriel 189-3 (N Robinson 61, A Bertram 56, J Tolley 21no). Stoke Gabriel (19pts) bt Bideford (5) by 7 wkts.
Barnstaple & Pilton II 193-8 (A Fewings 42, R Wilkins 34; C Horton 4-48), Cornwood III 194-5 (P Bees 52no, R Cavendish 41no; D Donovan 3â€”32). Cornwood III (19pts) bt Barnstaple & Pilton II (6) by 5 wkts.
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