CRAIG Overton scored a century and some, but Glenn Querl stole the show in North Devonâ€™s 140-run Devon Premier win at Bovey Tracey.
Overton smashed 142 off 133 balls, including 15 fours and three sixes, as North Devon accumulated 267-6. He went from 0-50 in 43 balls, 50 to 100 in another 73 and opened up at the end with the last 43 off 14 balls, three of which were sixes.
Querl had a six and nine fours in a brisk 63 and Jamie Overton chipped in with 23, while
Dan Childs with 3-46 was the pick of the Bovey bowlers.
Bovey lost Chris Clayton and Chris Bradley to Querl before reaching double figures, which set the tone for their reply. Querl made it five wickets as Bovey limped to 67-5 and made it six of the best when he had Nick Seager caught for a top score of 40. Zaid Joseph (15) and Sam Wyatt Haines (13) delayed the inevitable for a while, until Matt Westaway (2-4) and Overton (1-18) flushed out the tail.
Cricket manager Gwynne Jones said Querlâ€™s contribution could not be under stated,
â€œGlenn played a gem at number six, coming in at a critical stage then steadying the innings in a large partnership with Craig, which enabled nearly 100 runs to come off the last 10 overs,â€ said Jones. â€œWhen we bowled Glenn assessed the pitch perfectly - slow and uneven bounce - and bowled within himself, relying on late outswing to undo most of the Bovey batsmen, with only one bouncer to keep the batsmen honest.â€
CORNWOOD ground to a halt at Braunton where they settled for a draw early in proceedings.
Braunton made a respectable 167-9 in their 50 overs â€“ Tom Mitcham making 49 and Andy Paddison 38.
Braunton were going great guns at 129-3, but 139-7 was a different story after a burst from Matt Butterworth (3-48) got the Corns back in the game.
Cornwood made steady progress to 50-1 at the halfway stage with Robin Dart (25) and Ryan Rickard (24) unbeaten. But once wickets started to fall â€“ three each for Paddison and Devon prospect Harry Booker â€“ the Corns went into their shell.
A target of 68 to win off the last 10 overs with five wickets in hand held little interest. Jason Hall pottered along to 20 not out in a final tally of 129-7.
BARNSTAPLE & Pilton lost for the second week running when Thorverton beat them by 67 runs.
Ali Fury (46) and Paul Fielder put on 80 for the first Thorverton wicket and with Will Denford (44) and Blake Charlton (39) chipping in, a total of 225 all out was reached. Spinners George MeEndoo (4-36) and Steve Moore (3-42) took the bowling honours for B&P.
Barum got away to a 51-run start thanks to openers Andy Barton and Lawrence May, then went into a steady decline as Gwillam Crouch (3-41) and Jack Choules (3-15) wheeled away. Take out 40 extras and there was not a lot from the batters as B&P subsided to 158 all out.
BIDEFORD came unstuck by five wickets when they ran into table-topping Lewdown.
Mike Young â€“ dropped on nought â€“ went on to make a top score of 62 in Bidefordâ€™s 169 all out.
Will Barrett made 50 in a stand of 103 for the third wicket with Young, which accounted for most of the Bideford runs. There were three wickets each for Rob Mutch and Mark Jordan.
Lewdown wobbled at first â€“ they were 22-2 â€“ but a stand of 90 between Mutch (76) and Dave Ball (42) broke the back of the chase. Karl Weeks (14no) and Jordan (16no) wrapped up win number 13 for Lewdown, who need just four points against Kingsbridge this Saturday to be sure of promotion.
HATHERLEIGH remain in the C Division promotion race after winning by seven wickets at Kingsbridge.
Mark Lake (4-20) and Nick Rogers (3-30) reduced Kings to 64-9 and only a battling knock of 24 from last man Neil Peach staved off total embarrassment.
Hatherleigh only needed 23 overs to knock off the runs. Rob Chapman made 24 and Hugh Romans 29. Bhanu deSilva took all three wickets to fall.
It doesnâ€™t get any easier for Kingsbridge as they are at home to leaders Lewdown on Saturday.
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