IT was a high scoring week in the Farm and Cottage Holidays North Devon Cricket League, with five centuries being struck.

Two came in the top flight game at Hatherleigh as Jaz Kalsi and Simon Prideaux led Filleigh to victory in a thrilling game.

Dan Coles hit his fourth ton of the league season for Division Three Halberton, while Oliver Wickett hit another for Division Two Shebbear.

John Ralph's century helped steer Filleigh 111 to the top of Division Five, coupled with a superb bowling spell from 13-year-old Millie Squire.

Bowling honours also go to Peter Druce, although he was still on the losing end with Lynton and Lynmouth against North Molton, despite taking 7-20.

Division One

Bideford slipped to their third defeat, going down by three wickets at home to a Sandford side who claimed their first victory at the seventh time of trying!

Matt Allin (75) and skipper Ian Hayter (41) were the only home batsmen to make much progress. Simon Ashplant (2-16) and Gary Mortimer (2-27) were the pick of the visiting bowlers. Mortimer the struck an imperious 95 as Sandford reached a three wickets win in relative comfort.

Heathcoat powered their way to 312-6 at Braunton and then bowled the home side out for 160. Alistair Burt-Mitchell (72), Lee Dixon (71) and Sam Smith (51), led the visitors to their imposing total. Chris Brigden was the pick of the home bowlers with 3-23. The hosts were then forced to bat with 10 men after one of their number departed ill. They battled valiantly, losing their final wicket at 160. John Higgs top scored with 48 whilst Dillon Penberthy claimed 3-8 for the Mid Devon men.

Filleigh and Hatherleigh served up a run feast with almost 650 runs scored between them on a wonderful Hatherleigh batting strip. Jaz Kalsi and Simon Prideaux both registered centuries for the visitors while Andrew Collier claimed a four wicket haul. The hosts needed 200 off the last 20 overs, and 100 from the final 10. Some explosive hitting from Andrew Fishleigh (46) and Sean Letheren (35) took them mighty close before the reply ran out of steam. Gareth Tidball (61), Jack Cherrington (35) and Robert Chatham (30) all chipped in..

Division Two

Incorrigibles were 26 run winners in their home meeting with Beaford.

Ryan Bowden (78) provided the bulk of the Witheridge side's total of 138. Paul Heard was the pick of the visiting bowlers with 2-6 from nine overs. Alistair McMillan hit 48 in the reply, but wickets tumbled, four of them going to Jamie Tapper in 8.2 overs, six of which were maidens, leaving him with the excellent figures of 4-4, as the reply closed on 112.

Shebbear won at Shobrooke Park, where they were bowled out for 228 and then dismissed the hosts for 179. Oliver Wicket top scored for the visitors with 106 while Ben Stockton (3-27) and Andy Steer (3-59) claimed wickets. Pete Steer then top scored with 61 and Stockton completed a fine all-round effort with 39 in the reply which floundered on 179.

Division Three

Halberton are the new leaders after they inflicted a second defeat of the season on hosts Newton Tracey II.

The star of the show for the Mid Devon men was once again Dan Coles, who struck his fourth league century this term with 102 of his side's 239-6. Sam Franks then claimed 5-18 as the home side were bundled out for just 78. The best with the bat for the well beaten hosts was a knock of 16 from Graham Persson.

Sandford II did their promotion chances no harm with a 41 run Creedy Park success against Bideford II.

Bradley Discombe (56), Pete Whitby (49) and Steve Morrish (37) led Sandford to 211-7. Pete Shepherd claimed 4-42 for Bideford, who were then restricted to 170-9 with John Weeks (35) the only batsmen to trouble the scorers for long. Gary Abdul picked up three wickets for the home side.

North Devon II fielded a strong side for their game at Bratton Fleming and beat their hosts by eight wickets. Only James Thomas (22), Paddy Dartnoll (14) and Steven Ayre (12) were able to make much progress for Bratton as Casey Elliott claimed 3-15. Dan Bowser then hit an unbeaten 46 to lead the successful run chase. James Tapp took 1-11 in seven excellent overs for the hosts.

Bude were three wicket winners at Holsworthy, where they bowled the hosts out for 154 and knocked them off for the loss of seven wickets.

Division Four

Division Four now sports the last remaining unbeaten record this season, that held by table topping Belstone, who were not in action.

The most enthralling contest in this division was at North Molton, where Lynton and Lynmouth were edged out by just three runs in a low scoring affair.

North Molton were bundled out for 138 with only Matt Geen (29) and Dom Ford (28) spending any respectable time at the wicket as Peter Druce ran through the home line-up, taking 7-20. But it was not enough to see him on the winning side as his team were then bowled out for 135. Eli Hobbs top scored with 35 while Dom Ford completed a fine all-round game with figures of 3-6 from his nine overs.

Mike Braund hit 47 and Lee Merrick an unbeaten 46 as Westleigh ran out emphatic nine wicket winners at Victoria Park II.

They bowled the home side out for 114, with James Corry (3-7) and Sean Floyd (3-18) doing the damage. Andy Jeffrey (24) and Tim Lane (21) were the providers of the biggest individual scores for the home side.

Kelseymen were 21 run winners at Barnstaple and Pilton.

Mark Lathwell emerged from his retirement to open the batting for Kelseymen with his son Sam. The pair put on 37 before young Lathwell departed, but dad went on to hit the visitors' top score of 80. Wayne Manning chipped in with 51 as Kelseymen closed on 206-7. Yaz Iqbal and Matt Clarke both bagged braces of wickets for Barum, who then closed on 185-9, with Andrew Fewings (47), Matt Clark (37no) and James Rowe (23no) the principle run getters. Walid Iqbal was the most successful visiting bowler with 4-17.

Dave Tribe (79) and Tom Ansell (44) led North Devon III to an imposing 265-7 at home to Petrockstowe. Ian Cockwill took 3-27 for the visitors and then top scored with 57, but his side could only muster 227-8, Eddie Mann claiming 3-32 from his nine overs.

Division Five

Brady Saunders provided a match winning contribution as Barnstaple and Pilton II landed only their second success of the season with a 62 run win at Ilfracombe. Saunders (52) and Brian Rowe (35) led Barum to 160-4. Saunders then claimed 2-15 and there were also wickets for skipper Dave Loder (2-13) and Sean East (2-16) as Ilfracombe, with the exception of Mark Cavanagh, lost wickets at regular intervals, the final one falling at 98 as Ilfracombe tasted defeat for only the second time.

Nomansland were beaten for the first time this season and also lost top spot in Division Five when beaten by 55 runs at Heathcoat II.

Will Brown (42) and Pete Guest (30) were the principle run getters in the Tiverton sides 185. Jack McGovern took three wickets for the Witheridge outfit who were then bundled out for 130, despite a fine 60 from Chris Coles. Jamie Drew took 3-28 for the hosts.

Filleigh III are the new leaders of the basement division. John Ralph hit 102 and there was a splendid unbeaten 90 from John Harrison as they chalked up 315-5 at home to Cheriton Fitzpaine. Young McCauley Harrison-Hooton also chipped in with 39 while John Pitt took 3-60 for the Cherries, who replied with 147-9. Jim Cutler scored 30 for the Mid Devon men while the pick of the bowlers was 13-year old Millie Squire who sent down nine excellent overs and returned figures of 2-22.