North Devon pair hit league record

Joseph Bulmer

THE North Devon League produced eight centurions in the top three divisions, with all the centuries scored on the batsmen s home tracks. One game saw a brace of tons and it also produced a new league record, with North Devon pair Max Curtis and Peter Bly

THE North Devon League produced eight centurions in the top three divisions, with all the centuries scored on the batsmen's home tracks.

One game saw a brace of tons and it also produced a new league record, with North Devon pair Max Curtis and Peter Blyth setting a new mark for the fourth wicket of 214, bettering the old record scored back in 2003 by a Sandford pair.

In Division One there was a first defeat of the season for Filleigh, who went down by 71 runs at Heathcoat and slipped to third place in the table.

The home side batted first and plundered 297-8 with Jaz Kalsi the most successful bowler with 2-36. Liam Lewis hit an unbeaten 155 for the Mid Devon men. Simon Prideaux top scored with 61 and Martin Collier chipped in with 38, but the reply floundered on 226.

Braunton became the latest side to inflict defeat on former champions Sandford.

It's three straight reversals for the Creedy Park men now as they went down by 116 runs at Kelsey. The home side batted first and registered an imposing 332-3 thanks to a 185 unbroken stand for the fourth wicket between Barnie Huxtable, who carried his bat for an unbeaten 106, and Ian Roberts, who walked of undefeated on 116.

There was also a century partnership for the third wicket between Aussie Ben Reichstin (69) and young Huxtable. Scott Fryatt, Ryan Glass and Sean Hawkins each took a single wicket for the Creedy Park men who were then bowled out for a respectable enough 216. Russell Discombe (84), Ryan Glass (25), Mike Guptill-Bunce (23) and Simon Ashplant (23) all made decent scores, but wickets fell at regular intervals as John Letherbridge claimed 4-32 in six overs and Ross Burbidge helped himself to 3-24.

Victoria Park were consigned to a fourth straight defeat when they were beaten by North Devon and the watching folk at Instow were treated to something rather special as Jamie Overton, in two spells, claimed all but one of the visiting wickets. Overton finished with 9-24 from 8.4 overs as Victoria Park were bowled out for 114.

North Devon had closed on 273-3 with the unbroken fourth wicket realising 214 runs as Max Curtis carried his bat for an unbeaten 126 and number five Peter Blythe ended with an unbeaten 109. The pair have set a new top flight record for that wicket as they passed the previous best of 205, scored by a Sandford pair in 2003.

The win lifts the Instow men into second place above Filleigh and just behind Heathcoat. All three sides have suffered the lone defeat this term and the likely 2010 champions will come from this trio.

Division Two

THE North Devon League second tier saw a full programme of matches. With all three of the 100 per cent records remaining intact.

There was an expected outcome in the top versus bottom encounter at Shebbear, where Holsworthy were beaten by a whopping 237 runs. Martin Bray (154) and Lawrence Stone (128) put on 140 for the third wicket as the home side amassed 373-6 and then a four wicket haul from left arm spinner Jeremy Brock left the visitors all out for 136. It's played three, won three for Shebbear, but for Holsworthy it is now five defeats from five starts.

Second placed Beaford maintained their challenge at the expense of hosts Bratton Fleming. They struck a commanding 270-5 led by Mark Lake (90) and Alan James (67), while Alistair McMillan chipped in with 44. Murray Sharpe was the pick of the home bowlers with 2-39.

Pete Simmons was the not out home batsmen with 45 to his name when the final Bratton Fleming wicket fell on 137. Lake completed an impressive afternoon's work with 5-27 and there was a three wicket haul for Pete McMillan (3-33).

Two of the morning's top four met in Witheridge, where Incorrigibles hosted Newton Tracey. But the game was a miss-match as the home side were bundled out for just 52 in 28 overs, only skipper Selwyn Elston (11) recording double figures Kieron Jarrett claimed 6-13 from seven superb overs. Richard Screech then struck a rapid-fire 26, smashing a six to bring up the victory, and Newton's nine-wicket win keeps them as one of three sides with a perfect record so far.

Hatherleigh won at the fourth time of asking as they despatched visiting Lynton and Lynmouth with a 64 run defeat. The hosts batted first and scored an imposing 283-5 led by an unbeaten 114 from Robert Chapman. Ryan Davies hit 63 and Gareth Tidball chipped in with 43. Connor Constable bagged a brace of wickets for the visitors who were then bowled out for 219. Chris McKee (40) and Dave Clarke (57) were the principle run scorers in the reply. Andrew Fishleigh took 5-23 and Nick Bowen bagged a brace for the victorious hosts.

Division Three

WEARE Giffard started the day as the top side in Division 3 and they stayed that way after a 100- run win over visiting Bude.

Martin Beer top scored with 75 in the home side's 210 all out and then Jay Wittram and Andy Havill both claimed three wicket hauls as the visitors were bowled out for 110.

Westleigh finally registered victory at the fifth time of asking, beating visiting Barnstaple and Pilton II by 85 runs.

Mike Braund top scored with 88 and Luke Perkiss' 50 came from just 22 balls as they reached 255. Then Sean Floyd claimed four wickets and Tony Ray and James Morris a brace apiece as Barum were bowled out for 170.

Bideford II were 56-run winners at Filleigh II, where they scored 200-8 and then restricted the hosts to 144-9. Dave Norris hit a top score of 40 for Bideford while Baljit Kalsi claimed 2-19 and then top-scored with 41 in the reply.

Division Four

NORTH Molton travelled to Belstone looking to maintain both their 100 per cent start and leadership of Division 4, but they came a mighty cropper, hustled out for just 53 in 23.2 overs.

Only Guy Loosemore and Chris Turner reached double figures, both hitting 13 as Jimmy Ewen returned the extraordinary figures of 4-0 in 2.2 overs! Dave Binns also claimed 3-18 in 8.3 overs.

Belstone lost only the wicket of Sam Ewen (5) on their way to a nine wicket win. Peter Harlow (5) and Richard Drake (41) were the not out batsmen.

Newton Tracey II had their perfect start to the season unceremoniously ended by a tail- end Charlie at home to Bratton Fleming!

They were bowled out for 123, with John Turner's 22 the top score. Niall Gooding claimed 4-22 and then, batting as last man, scored the winning runs off the penultimate ball to secure Bratton a single wicket win. With two balls to go, three runs were required. Gooding spanked the penultimate delivery for four.

Brian Ayre had earlier top scored with 48, while Connor Nash claimed a hat-trick in figures of 3-15.

Victoria Park inflicted a fourth successive defeat on Ilfracombe, who were bundled out for just 88. Skipper Dave Hart hit 36 of the meagre offering. Mike Harris (4-8), Mark Slade (2-8) and Paul Slade (1-1) claimed wickets and there was an impressive debut from young Kieron Soper with 3-20. Tim Lane scored an unbeaten 28 as he and Adam Oliver (34no) saw their side to a ten wicket win.

Division Five

PETROCKSTOWE made a belated start to their season when they entertained Nomansland and find themselves top of Division 5 after match day seven!

The Witheridge side were held to a close of 148-9, with an extraordinary contribution from Jason Parr, who struck 103 of the total!

Lee Cockwill (69) and Lawson Tremellen (38) saw Petrockstowe to a seven wicket win. Russ Hilton claimed a brace of wickets for Incorrigibles.

Bishop Nympton recorded their first win since 2008 and did it in style, with a 10-wicket thrashing of visiting Cheriton Fitzpaine.

The Mid Devon side batted first and were bundled out for 92 in 38 overs. Mike Foan (30) and Jay Fairclough (26) were the only batsmen to make an impression as 17-year old Craig Tough, playing his first game for the hosts, claimed 5-19 in nine overs and 15-year old Jonathan Simmons took 3-17 in 6.1 overs. John Verney and Richard Simmons then took their side to victory. Verney finished on 48no and Simmons senior32no.

Barnstaple and Pilton III entertained North Devon III and not only managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, but also removed the Instow men from top spot in the division.

The visitors were bowled out for 174, with Bruce Peterson claiming 4-17. Barnstaple's reply was in trouble when eight down and three figures yet to be reached. But the combination of Dave Loder (53no) and Phil Sherborne (37no), who put on 82 for the ninth wicket, led the side to an unlikely two wicket win.

Division One

North Devon 273-3 (M Curtis 126no, P Blyth 109; D Branch 2-32), Victoria Park 114 (M Bettis 46; J Overton 9-24). North Devon (20pts) bt Victoria Park (0) by 159 runs.

Braunton 332-3 (I Roberts 116no, B Huxtable 106no, B Reichstin 69), Sandford 216 (R Discombe 84, R Glass 25, S Ashplant 23; J Letherbridge 4-32, R Burbidge 3-32). Braunton (20pts) bt Sandford (4) by 116 runs.

Heathcoat 297-8 (L Lewis 155no, S Medley 41, S Smith 33; J Kalsi 2-36), Filleigh 226 (S Prideaux 61, M Collier 38; L Dixon 2-10, M Williams 2-63). Heathcoat (20pts) bt Filleigh (6) by 71 runs.

Division Two

Shebbear 373-6 (M Bray 154, L Stone 128), Holsworthy 136 (J Brock 4-24). Shebbear (20pts) bt Holsworthy (0) by 237 runs.

Beaford 270-5 (M Lake 90, A James 67, A McMillan 44; M Sharpe 2-39), Bratton Fleming 137 (P Simmons 45no, P Dartnoll 20; M Lake 5-27, P McMillan 3-33). Beaford (20pts) bt Bratton Fleming (2) by 133 runs.

Hatherleigh 283-5 (R Chapman 114no, R Davies 63, G Tidball 43; C Constable 2-52, Lynton and Lynmouth 219 (D Lake 57, C McKee 40; A Fishleigh 5-23, R Cockwill 2-23). Hatherleigh (20pts) bt Lynton and Lynmouth (6) by 64 runs.

Incorrigibles 52 (S Elston 11; K Jerrett 6-13), Newton Tracey 57-1 (R Screech 26). Newton Tracey (20pts) bt Incorrigibles (1) by 9 wkts.

Division Three

Bideford II 200-8 (D Norris 40; B Kalsi 2-19), Filleigh II 144-9 (B Kalsi 41; J Gordon 2-20). Bideford (20pts) bt Filleigh (6) by 56 runs.

Weare Giffard 210 (M Beer 75), Bude 110 (J Wittram 3-30, A Havill 3-28). Weare Giffard (20pts) bt Bude (2) by 100 runs.

Westleigh 255 (M Braund 88, L Perkiss 50), Barnstaple and Pilton II 170 (S Floyd 43). Westleigh (20pts) bt Barnstaple and Pilton (4) by 85 runs.

Division Four

North Molton 53 (G Loosemore 13, C Turner 13; J Ewen 4-0, D Binns 3-18), Belstone 55-1 (R Drake 41no). Belstone (20pts) bt North Molton (1) by 9 wkts.

Newton Tracey II 123 (J Turner 22; N Gooding 4-22), Bratton Fleming II 125-9 (B Ayre 48, N Gooding (9no); Connor Nash 3-15). Bratton Fleming (20pts) bt Newton Tracey (10) by 1 wkts.

Ilfracombe 88 (D Hart 36; M Harris 4-8, K Soper 3-20, M Slade 2-8), Victoria Park 89-0 (A Oliver 34no, T 28no). Victoria Park (20pts) bt Ilfracombe (0) by 10 wkts.

Division Five.

Cheriton Fitzpaine 92 (M Foan 30, J Fairclough 26; C Tough 5-19, J Simmons , J Simmons 3-17), Bishop Nympton 93-0 (J Verney 48no, R Simmons 32no). Bishop Nympton (20pts) bt Cheriton Fitzpaine (0) by 10 wkts.

North Devon III 174 (B Peterson 4-17), Barnstaple and Pilton III 175-8 (D Loader 53no, P Sherborne 37no). Barnstaple and Pilton (20pts) bt North Devon (8) by 2 wkts.

Nomansland 148-9 (J Parr 103; I Cockwill 3-6, R Luxton 3-43), Petrockstowe 149-3 (L Cockwill 69, J Tremellen 38; R Hilton 2-27). Petrockstowe (20pts) bt Nomansland (3) by 7 wkts.