North Devon open 12 point gap

Joseph Bulmer

NORTH Devon defeated Bovey Tracey by eight wickets to go 12 points clear at the top of the Premier table.

Chasers Sidmouth and Exmouth played each other and the resulting draw, the best result for North Devon, enabled Sidmouth to go second.

Bovey were all out for 215 in the last of their 45 overs – Andy Fairbairn top scoring on 56.

Zimbabwean Glenn Querl led the North Devon bowling effort with 6-46 and spinner Rob Gear took 3-43.

Gear then slammed 93 to lead North Devon to victory with more than four overs to go. They made the chase look easy, with none of the Bovey bowlers able to exert any real control apart from Danny Childs (2-59).

Dan Bowser made 53 before retiring with a leg injury, then Gear and Craig Overton (16) took the score up to 164. Overton went caught behind, which left twin brother Jamie and Ayre (25no) to bang off the rest.

That’s 85 points from the first 100 available this season, which represents a good start in most people’s books.

Director of cricket Gwynne Jones isn’t most people though and the former Zimbabwe Academy supremo isn’t getting carried away.

“We have taken 60 points against the three sides at the foot of the table, which has to be done,” said Jones. “That is one thing, it is something else to score heavily against the other potential challengers such as Sidmouth, Exmouth, Budleigh and Plymouth.”

North Devon make the short trip to Heathcoat this Saturday.

PATIENCE paid off for Cornwood as they defeated visiting Braunton by 45 runs in the A Division.

Vice-captain Craig Harris top scored with 75 not out as the Corns posted 198-6 in their 50 overs.

Harris featured in major stands of 90 with skipper Jason Hall (48) and 71 with Kevin Willcock (28).

Andy Bees (4-26) and Cheema (5-40) bowled Cornwood into a great position at first, but Braunton weren’t going to roll over.

After collapsing to 12-4 in reply, they battled back gamely to 99-5, but then faded away a second time to 150 all out. Stuart Rhodes (45) held it together for them right to the end. Ninth-wicket Rhodes and Ian Roberts (20) put on 45 and the game was into the last three overs before Cornwood won it.

Braunton will be looking for a bounce-back win against visiting Brixham this Saturday.

BARNSTAPLE & Pilton won by three wickets at Thorverton in a B Division game that went right down to the last ball.

James Hope hit 50 early on for Thorverton, who totalled 181 for nine, with Nick Taverner (25) and Ali Fury (35) both chipping in. Thorverton found the turning ball hard to play as Steve Moore (2-31) and Henry McEndoo (4-42) proved.

George McEndoo (54) pointed B&P in the right direction, but tight bowling from Jake Choules (2-40) and Fury (4-35) slowed them up before Lee Cole (27no) hit the final ball of the match from Will Denford for four to win the game.

Axminster are the guests at Taw Meadow this Saturday.

BIDEFORD were trounced by eight wickets when they entertained C Division leaders Lewdown.

Bideford were all out for 96 after a going over from Lewdown’s South African seamer Rob Mutch (4-22) and Kris Harris (5-40).

Andy Webbe (32) led a fight back from 12-2 to 66-6, but after he went it was downhill all the way.

A stand of 79 for the first wicket between Harris (41) and Harry Geering (40) as good as won the match for Lewdown. Jack Skuse (5) and Mark Jordan were the not-out batters at the end.

Bideford will be looking to get back on track when winless Cockington visit this Saturday.

ROB Chapman cracked on for a ton in Hatherleigh’s high-scoring draw against Kingsbridge.

James Fletcher hit 69 and Jack Westlake 42 – they put on 89 for the first wicket – as Kingsbridge progressed towards 255 for nine. Fletcher and Chris Bowles (43) notched another 74 for the fourth wicket and there was a chip in of 45 from Ashley Treeby as well. Simon Gillespie (5-7) took the Hatherleigh bowling plaudits.

The overs then ran out for Hatherleigh on 224-9. Chapman blazed away for 116 and featured in stands of 79 with Tom Rogers (23) and 82 with Gareth Tidball (27). But in their quest for runs Hatherleigh’s batters took chances against the spin of Bhanu deSilva – and paid the price.

Smart catching in the deep helped de Silva claim 7-69.

Hatherleigh welcome second-bottom Ashburton this Saturday.

FILLEIGH handed out a seven-wicket clobbering to Honiton after bundling them out for a meagre 87 in 33 overs!

Jon Hickman (4-26) and Gary Henry (4-20) did the damage, with George Meadows (13) making the best of a bad job for Honiton.

Nick Dartnall (33) and Rob Collier pointed Filleigh towards victory, although both fell to Adam Holmes (2-21) before getting there in the 26th over.

Filleigh are in E Division action at home to Kenn this Saturday.