BARNSTAPLE & Pilton had a disappointing start to the league season as they lost twice over to Clyst St George. The 1st XI were five-wicket losers at Raleigh Meadow while the 2nd XI went down by 146 runs in the away fixture. Steve May top scored with 44 to

BARNSTAPLE & Pilton had a disappointing start to the league season as they lost twice over to Clyst St George.The 1st XI were five-wicket losers at Raleigh Meadow while the 2nd XI went down by 146 runs in the away fixture.Steve May top scored with 44 to see Clyst out of trouble after they had been 15 for four chasing 97 to win.By the time May was dismissed, the game was in the back. Nick Dubuisson (16no) saw Clyst home having dealt with the threat from Steve Moore (2-12) and Robin Lake (2-17).Earlier, Pete Weatherhead had been Clyst's star turn with the ball, claiming six for 24 as Barum were hustled out for 96 in the 43rd of their 46 overs. Aussie Dylan Mort had two for 11 on his league debut.Barnstaple's Steve Wheatley (16no) ran out of people to bat with after Tom Popham (13) and Shaun Coe (12) had been winkled out.In the 2nd XI game at Clyst, Nick Payne top scored with 72 and other contributions came from Sean Milton (42), Oli Whitton (36) and Alan Welsh (34) as the home side posted a healthy 251 for nine. There two wickets each for Dave Brierley and George McEndoo.Barnstaple were then bowled out for 105 with only Rob Holm (23) providing serious resistance.The medium pace of Doug Wibberley was the most effective as he claimed six for 31. Ben Hardy bagged a brace.l BIDEFORD failed to score enough runs at Axminster, where they went down to a six-wicket defeat.Bideford were restricted to 135 for eight, this after they were 40-1 in the first 10 overs. Matt Allin top scored with 26. Keith Rockett and Joel Seaward both picked up two wickets for the Carpetmen.After the early loss of Gary Larcombe, Robbie Prior steadied things with 24 before David Murnane (28no) joined debutant Raul East (36no) and the pair saw Axminster to a comfortable win.There were better fortunes for the 2nd XI back at Westward Ho!, where Alphington were thrashed by nine wickets.Bideford's Josh King (4-20) and Ian Hayter (3-23) combined to dismiss the visitors for 71 - a target reached for the loss of just Fergus Bradbeer (35).Martin Barrett, making his debut as the Bideford skipper, was unbeaten at the close on 21 with Darren Hart 10 not out.