This week’s Tolchards Devon League round-up

Devon A

Hatherleigh have dropped within a point of the A Division relegation zone after losing by nine wickets away to leaders Bradninch.

Hatherleigh, put in by Bradninch skipper Tim Piper, were all out 33 overs later for 102.

Andy Buzza (3-18) and Gary Chappell made the initial breakthroughs – Matt Thomas (22) among them – and Cameron Suidgeest was wicketless until he whipped out Gareth Tidball in his second spell.

Only Ryan Davies (15) made it into double figures once the slide was on, with Suidgeest taking three wickets in eight balls to speed Hatherleigh on their way.

Bradninch opener Ross Acton failed to make it to the end of the second over – Chris Jelly knocking him over.

Chappell (68no) and Dan Hardy (36) cracked on to see Bradninch over the line in the 25th over.

While Bradninch are looking down on the table 19 points clear of Budleigh Salterton, Hatherleigh are a point clear of the relegation slots.

The message from Hatherleigh captain Mark Lake is, losing to Bradninch with a depleted team isn’t terminal, but results do have to improve.

“Bradninch were just better than us really, by far the best team we’ve played this year,” said Lake.

“Again we were poor with the bat, but I have confidence we will turn it around.

“It sounds stupid looking at the scorecard, but we actually bowled well.

“But when Bradninch were only chasing 100 they had to take very few risks.

“Our season won’t be won and lost against Bradninch. But I see a run of games now where we have to pick up some wins.

“There’s no doubt about that and the lads know this.”

Devon B

Bideford lost ground in the race to catch Plymstock and Ivybridge when they suffered an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of Shobrooke Park.

Bideford were up among the frontrunners at the start of the season with a stated aim of returning to the A Division sooner rather than later.

Shobrooke started slowly but have won three of their last four games now and are up to fifth in the table.

Bideford were all out for 149 with eight balls to go – no one making more than opener Tom Brend (24).

Brend, James Ford (14), Paul Heard (19) and Alex Hannam (16) got Bideford to 83 for two with 20 overs to go. Runs were hard to get against Jacques Budricks (2-29) and Ben Trenaman (0-17).

Three wickets went for the same number of runs as skipper Simpson (3-28) and James Bevan (2-21) got into the middle order. A pacy spell from Andrew Codling helped.

Bits and pieces from Fred King (15), Jamie Lathwell (12) and Mike Lemmings (17) detained Shobrooke in the field longer than they hoped.

Tom Youngman (2-24) polished off the tail-end batters.

Beaten captain Heard said Bideford were the architects of their own misfortune.

“At half way, we were still confident, but we needed to start off on the front foot and our bowlers didn’t perform,” said Heard.

“Length was the key and we were too inconsistent.

“Fair play to the Shobrooke openers; they hung around and played shots according to the pitch and it came with a bit of luck.”

Next up for Bideford is a trip to Dartington & Totnes.

Their opponents are without a win this season, so the match could be a valuable opportunity to make up the ground lost in the defeat to Shobrooke Park.

Meanwhile, Braunton went down by 103 runs when they visited B Division leaders Plymstock.

Jason Williams top scored with 78 – he and James Nicholls put on 78 at the top of the order and with Jack Horton (35) and Nick Carter (21) chipping in a total of 198 was reached.

Mark Mitchell took four for 41 for Braunton and Alfie Huxtable weighed in with three for 40.

Braunton then slumped to 30 for six in reply – St Lucian Bronte Bess (3-6) doing sizeable damage – and there was no way back.

Callum Mitchell hung round for 21, but Ian Whalley and Syed Ali with two wickets each polished off the stragglers.

Braunton captain Jon Baglow said selection issues made a tough task against an unbeaten side even tougher.

“With the issues we had getting a side it wasn’t a bad effort,” said Baglow.

“We bowled well and put them under pressure at times. I’m hoping we don’t have too many more weeks like it.”

Braunton are on the road again this weekend as they travel to Tavistock.

Their opponents are one place and six points above them in sixth.

Devon C East

Barnstaple gave leaders Seaton a scare at Raleigh Meadow on Saturday before going down by 11 runs.

Seaton opener Steve Pritchard survived being hit on the head to make a top score of 68 in Seaton’s total of 174 for five.

The scoring rate slowed while George McEndoo (1-21), Henry McEndoo (0-21) and Jack Moore (1-3) were operating and Seaton were glad of Mark Bray (38no) and Joe Berry (22no) for a 40-run stand at the end.

Barnstaple & Pilton were handicapped by losing Shaun Cole and Brady Saunders cheaply, but with Tom Popham (75) going great guns they got into the game. Moore’s 33 kept the board ticking over.

The game was won and lost by Seaton skipper Ben Morgan, whose five-wicket second spell knocked the stuffing out of Barnstaple’s middle order.

Joel Seward (1-32) had nine mean overs too as Barnstaple ran out of overs at 163 for eight.

The result leaves Barnstaple at the bottom of the Devon C East with 61 points, but a win at Filleigh on Saturday would take them off the foot of the table.

Elsewhere in the Devon C East, Kilmington had too much firepower with bat and ball for Filleigh in a one-sided encounter.

Tom Gooding nailed a top score of 96 for Kilmington in their tally of 257 for nine, Brett Garner made 39.

Filleigh were all out for 178 in reply, no one making more than James Marsh (39). Simon Prideaux (31) was next best.

Glenn Harding took four for 44 and Craig Seward two for 19 as Filleigh were removed for 178.

Filleigh will face off against their North Devon and relegation rivals this weekend, with Barnstaple & Pilton visiting.