THE North Devon Holiday Homes First Division title race now looks to have six contenders as Bideford moved into a double-figure points average following a 102-run win over Beaford on Sunday. The away side was were bowled out for 153 chasing Bideford's 255

THE North Devon Holiday Homes First Division title race now looks to have six contenders as Bideford moved into a double-figure points average following a 102-run win over Beaford on Sunday.The away side was were bowled out for 153 chasing Bideford's 255-3. Matt Allin (87) and Will Barrett (56) put on 146 for the opening wicket and later runs came from Dan Bowser (57no) and Andrew Webb (24). Then, Aussie Michael Warne made the most of the glorious sunshine to take 3-11 from nine overs. Bowser also turned his arm over to also take three wickets while only Mark Lake (30)made an impression with the bat. Newton Tracey have already lost too many matches to give themselves any chance of regaining their title. But they have found form at last and recorded a second successive victory at the weekend, beating Lynton & Lynmouth by 17 runs in a thrilling match. Ian Gear (71), Bill Sobey (41no) and Simon Gear (40) combined to take Newton Tracey to 266-6. Then, despite Ian Hobbs (91) and Graham Fitt (40), the run chase closed on 249. Phil Steward took 3-41 for a Tracey side that can certainly wreck one or two sides' chances of lifting the crown.Division Two staged a full programme of matches, among them, a fifth win in seven outings for leaders Braunton who beat Westleigh by four wickets. James Ford (51) and Chris Brown (42no) were the main contributors to a total of 181-7. It was passed with overs and wickets to spare by the home side thanks to an unbeaten 47 from Andy Padison and a knock of three from Ian Roberts. Brown claimed 3-24 to go with his earlier runs but Westleigh are now in trouble at the wrong end of the table.Ilfracombe went down again but they continue to battle and gained praise for doing just that from Filleigh II's Andre Collier: "Fair play to them, they are battling away and it looks like they are putting together a decent young side," said Andre."They'll soon have things turned around for the better." Godfrey Tucker top scored with 45 as Flleigh closed on 206-9, while Ilfracombe replied with 135. The Iqbal brothers took the honours for the Seasiders with wickets and runs. Dave Hart also chipped in. There was a cracking game at Barnstaple & Pilton where Hatherleigh won by just eight runs - and climbed from fifth to third as a result. A visiting score of 188 was so nearly reached by the home side that closed on 180. That was harsh on Ross Burbidge, who had done his bit for his side with a splendid 83. Victoria Park's stand in skipper Paul Tuson was celebrating his first game in charge in the absence of Colin Bettis. Will Anderson (66) and Mark Bettis (60) took their side close to the winning line at home to a Bratton Fleming side who had posted a score of 206-9. But it was two lusty blows off deliveries one and two of the contest's penultimate over that won the game for the home side. Steve Oliver was the batsman to plunder the sixes; he hit four in all in an unbeaten knock of 25. Earlier Paddy Dartnoll (48) had top scored in the visitor's innings. Skipper for the day Tuson took 4-22.In Division Three, Barnstaple & Pilton II stayed top and kept one of just three remaining 100 per cent records in the league. Barum were indebted to Rob Norton (32) in a total of 173, a score sufficient enough to win the game despite an unbeaten 80 from Incorrigibles' Karl Bremmer.Bratton Fleming II caught a heavy defeat at Morebath where the home side scored 243-9. There were three wickets each from Nick Ayre and Ollie Hunt, and then only Steve Ayre (16) stuck around for too long as the reply floundered on 89.Holsworthy switched their away game to their home base as Creedy Park was needed for a Devon Senior Cup tie. They promptly beat Sandford II by eight wickets. Duncan Edwards was the star of the show with 5-34 from a spell of nine overs. The Mid Devon side were bowled out for 129 and then Steve Drew (52no) and Ian Mill (31) led their side to what proved to be a comfortable eight-wicket win.Bude were at it again, this time on opposition territory. Bishops Nympton were the side to feel the full force of the Bude batting line up as they chalked up 276-8 thanks to Jay Ambrey (80) and Neil Mansbridge (67). Then, despite a battling unbeaten 52 from Dan Rance, the home side was bowled out for 144, Andrew De Rosa taking 3-15. There was an extraordinary game at the Valley of Rocks where Newton Tracey II scored 320-4, Graham Moore helping himself to 188 before being run out. It was not enough to win as the home side claimed a seven-wicket success with seven balls of the contest remaining. Ben Trepass (125no) and Joe Pantlin (105) combined to put 199 on for the second wicket. Pete Druce chipped in with a knock of 70 as Lynton & Lynmouth II won to continue their climb up the table. Shebbear held onto their 100 per cent record with a 44-run win at home to North Devon II. They scored 228-9 and then restricted the visitors to 184-7. Ollie Wickett hit a century, finally out on 105, and Richard Hoskins weighed in with 56 before Andy Bryan took 4-35. Bob Heaman did his best to keep the Instow men in the contest with a superb 88.Weare Giffard picked up 40 points from weekend wins over Nomansland and North Molton. Steve Hunkin hit 57 as Nomansland were beaten by 28 runs in a Saturday game, while 24 hours later, Martin Beer - playing his first game since the birth of his son - top scored with 59 as North Molton were beaten by 59 runs.