North Devon were bowled out for 113 in an innings interrupted by rain in the Tolchards Devon Premier on Saturday
North Devon were on the wrong end of Bradninch’s first league win of the season – an eight-wicket victory in the Sandhills.
The Premier Division new boys had not got off to a great start following promotion, slipping to successive defeats against Torquay and Sidmouth.
It was a different story in the Sandhills, where North Devon were skittled out for 113, a target the Ninch knocked off with more than 28 of their 50 overs to bowl.
North Devon had a patchy start – Ross Acton and Matt Parker took a wicket each to remove Dan Bowser and Tom Ansell – but recovered to reach 90 for three with Tom Popham (50), Ed Yeo (13) and Callum Hotham (15) putting on stands of 43 and 32.
The turning point came in Dan Hardy’s first over when he bowled Hotham.
Popham was spun out by Chappell – Hardy the catcher – and Hardy (4-26) trapped Josh King lbw in his next over and the slide was on.
Seven North Devon wickets clattered as they tumbled from 90 for three to 113 all out.
Chappell picked up two for 15 to assist the mopping up.
Two wickets for Devon paceman Jack Popham – Chappell and Mark Ashplant – left Bradninch 37 for two in the 12th.
Matt Foster arrived to join Hardy (59no) at that point and their unbroken stand of 93 took Bradninch to victory.
Popham (2-21) was the only North Devon bowler to stay below four an over. Bowser and Alfie Huxtable were both in seven-plus territory.
Ed Yeo, the North Devon captain, has written the game off as ‘a bad day at the office’.
“Nothing went well,” said Yeo,
“We lost the toss on a wicket that had been covered for three days and lost two early wickets.
“We were starting to rebuild when we came off for rain.
“Wickets fell at important times, although full credit to Bradninch for fielding and bowling in good areas.
“When Bradninch batted, the wicket had become a lot better.
“Just a bad day at the office in a game probably won on the toss.”