Petrockstowe’s record breaker

Joseph Bulmer

PETROCKSTOWE bowler Ian Cockwill re-wrote the club’s history book with an amazing spell of bowling in his side’s Division Four home game with Lynton and Lynmouth II, sending down 7.3 overs to claim nine wickets for just six runs!

The only wicket he did not claim was that of number nine Toby Haywood, who was run out.

There were eight ducks in the Lynton total and the only batsmen into double figures was number two Richard Paine with 14 as the side fell for 26 in reply to Petrockstowe’s 253-9 led by Brendon Harris (79) and Steve Cocks (29).

Petrockstowe secretary David Kelsey said: “It was a phenomenal spell of bowling by Ian, certainly the finest in the club’s history and the record books will have to be re-written.”


Just two Division 1 games were played, including a second defeat in three for reigning champions North Devon, beaten by Newton Tracey in a thriller at Instow.

The hosts batted first and were led to 231-8 by Tom Ansell (59), Neil Bettis (46) and Craig Overton (39) while Robert Hutton took 5-33 for the visitors.

It was the Gear show post tea as Ian Gear was run out for a splendid 78 and Rob Gear was still there on 66 when the win was confirmed on the penultimate ball of the contest. Nick Parkin chipped in with a valuable 43 and the 32 extras were significant in the final reckoning as Newton Tracey made it two wins from two.

Heathcoat lost for the second successive outing, although they were forced to field a greatly weakened side owing to the club also fulfilling a Devon Senior Cup tie.


Visiting Filleigh batted first and made their way to a hefty 298-4 with centuries from Godfrey Tucker (121) and Rob Collier (107). John Hickman then picked up three of the host wickets as only Matthew Handford (59no) made any impression in the post tea session as the Heathcoat reply closed on 152 all out.

Beaford strengthened their second place position in Division 2 with a six wicket home win over Weare Giffard.

Ian Jury (43) and Alan Tuson (37no) provided the main runs in a total of 151. Paul Heard took 2-17 in support of Alan James (3-19) and then Heard hit 66 as he and Mark Lake (33) led the hosts to a comfortable victory.

Lee Hooper hit 72 as Morebath posted a healthy 234-8 at home to Shobrooke Park despite Phil Steward taking five wickets. Pete Steer then struck a superb 91 in the visitors’ reply, which saw the final wicket fall with the score on 170.

Victoria Park were seven wicket winners at Shebbear, who were bowled out for 112, knocked off with ease by the visitors.

Bideford II struck an emphatic eight wicket Division 3 win at Filleigh II, who they bowled out for just 114. Only Jonathan Ralph (26) made any impression as Fred King claimed 4-27 in six overs and then Matt Allin (65no) and Alan Withecombe (21) helped the visiting side to a comfortable victory.

Holsworthy were led to a handsome total of 250-3 by an unbeaten century from Jack Greening, who walked off at tea with 122 to his name. Leo McDowell struck 50 and Ryan Walter an unbeaten 41 as their side put hosts Newton Tracey to the sword. Chris Wilson (35) and John Walmsley (30) led the reply, which floundered on 201 with Colin Walter (4-35) and Andrew Butler (3-30) the main wicket takers.

Bude became the latest side in the league to be unable to raise an eleven and therefore suffer an average point’s deduction, gifting scheduled hosts Bratton Fleming the points.


Belstone remain top of Division 4 and still sport a 100% record, with three wins from three, after a 10-run win over visiting North Molton in a low scoring affair.

The home total of 122 proved good enough to bag the points, North Molton’s reply closing with the final wicket lost on 112.

North Devon III were four wicket winners over hosts Victoria Park II, who they bowled out for 137. Tim Lane (29) and Stuart Russell (25) put on 61 for the opening wickets, but then the rot set in as Sam Meadowcroft, Stuart Pomeroy and John Wainwright each bagged a brace of wickets. Tom Stanton then struck a superb 58 to see the visitors to victory. Nigel Taylor (3-34) and Mark Slade (2-29) took the bulk of the wickets.


Barnstaple & Pilton II were five run winners in a thrilling game at Westleigh.

Brady Saunders hit 62 and Rob Holm chipped in with 40 in a Barum offering of 206. James Corry took 4-28 for Westleigh, who were then bowled out for 201, with Lee Merrick (58) and Alan Down (31) providing the main contributions. Saunders completed a fine all-round effort for the visiting side with 3-46.

A strong Nomansland side claimed an 86 run Division 5 win at home to previously unbeaten Bratton Fleming II.

Ilfracombe were eight wicket winners at Barnstaple and Pilton III, who they bowled out for 113, with Jason Newman, Jamie Sutton and Nathan Townsend, among the wickets. Dan Brierley then hit an unbeaten half century and Sutton weighed in with an unbeaten 45 as the seasiders claimed a comfortable win.

Bishops Nympton hustled visiting Cheriton Fitzpaine out for a paltry 54, with Mike Barnes taking 3-15. Richard Simmons (22) then led the hosts to a seven wicket win.


Division 1

Filleigh (20pts) bt Heathcoat (2) by 147 runs.

Filleigh 298-4 (G Tucker 121, R Collier 107), Heathcoat 152. (M Handford 59no, G Clapworthy 27; J Hickman 3-38).

Newton Tracey (20pts) bt North Devon (5) by 5 wkts.

North Devon 231-8 (T Ansell 59, N Bettis 46, C Overton 39; R Hutton 5-33), Newton Tracey 234-5 (I Gear 78, R Gear 66no, N Parkin 43).

Division 2

Beaford (20pts) bt Weare Giffard (4) by 6 wkts.

Weare Giffard 151 (I Jury 43, A Turner 37no; A James 3-19, P Herd 2-17), Beaford 53-4 (R Herd 66, M lake 33; G Jones 3-25).

Morebath (20pts) bt Shobrooke Park (6) by 64 runs.

Morebath 234-8 (L Hooper 72; P Steward 5-50), Shobrooke Park 170 (P Steer 91).

Victoria Park (20pts) bt Shebbear (3) by 7 wkts.

Shebbear 112, Victoria Park 113-3.

Division 3

Bratton Fleming (20pts) bt Bude (- 2pts off average) w/o.

Bratton Fleming versus Bude – Bude could not raise a side.

Bideford II (20pts) bt Filleigh II (2) by 8 wkts.

Filleigh II 114 (J Ralph 26; F King 4-27), Bideford II 115-2 (M Allin 65no, A Withecombe 21).

Holsworthy (20pts) bt Newton Tracey II (8) by 49 runs.

Holsworthy 250-3 (J Greening 122no, L McDowell 50; R Walter 41no; J Brewer 2-25), Newton Tracey II 201 (C Wilson 35, J Walmsley 30; C Walter 4-35, A Butler 3-30).

Division 4

Petrockstowe (20pts) bt Lynton and Lynmouth II (0) by 227 runs

Petrockstowe 253-9 (B Harris 79, S Cocks 29), Lynton and Lynmouth 26 (R Paine 14; I Cockwill 9-6).

North Devon III (20pts) bt Victoria Park II (6) by 4 wkts.

Victoria Park II 137 (T Lane 29, S Russell 25; S Meadowcroft 2-18), North Devon III 139-6 (T Stanton 58; N Taylor 3-34, M Slade 2-29).

Barnstaple and Pilton II (20pts) bt Westleigh (10) by 5 runs.

Barnstaple and Pilton II 206 (B Saunders 62, R Holm 40; J Corry 4-28), Westleigh 201 (L Merrick 58, A Downes 31; B Saunders 3-46).

Division 5

Nomansland (20pts) bt Bratton Fleming II (4) by 86 runs.

Nomansland 53-8 (P Coe 59, J Hope 52; M Sharpe 3-36), Bratton Fleming II 167 (M Sharpe 69; G Say 3-45).

Ilfracombe (20pts) bt Barnstaple and Pilton III (2) by 8 wkts.

Barnstaple & Pilton III 113 (B Roe 48; J Newman 3-32, J Sutton 2-20, N Townsend 2-8), Ilfracombe 114-2 (D Brierley 59no, J Sutton 45no).

Bishops Nympton (20pts) bt Cheriton Fitzpaine (3) by 7 wkts.

Cheriton Fitzpaine 54 (M Barnes 3-15), Bishops Nympton 55-3 (R Simmons 22).