BARNSTAPLE & Pilton are off the bottom of the B Division after winning by five wickets away to fellow strugglers Plymouth Civil Service. Civil left-hander Paul Maloney hit a top score of 79 in a home total of 226 for five declared. Maloney and Dave Baylis
BARNSTAPLE & Pilton are off the bottom of the B Division after winning by five wickets away to fellow strugglers Plymouth Civil Service.Civil left-hander Paul Maloney hit a top score of 79 in a home total of 226 for five declared.Maloney and Dave Bayliss (49) shared in a stand of 98 for the third wicket. Andy Hawker chipped in with 27.Lee Cole (78) and Tom Popham (48no) put on 62 for the fifth wicket to take Barnstaple to the brink of victory.Civil's young spinner Dan Windsor (2-42) showed the form that has made the county youth selectors sit up and take notice.Civil are now bottom of the table, having slipped behind Cockington and Barnstaple, who hadn't won a game before the last round of fixtures.Barnstaple entertain promotion-chasers Heathcoat this Saturday.l BIDEFORD gave Clyst St George a rude awakening when they defeated the promotion hopefuls by 78 runs.Two defeats in their last three outings had dropped Bideford to the fringes of the drop zone and they needed a win to avoid slipping any closer.Led by Mike Warne (57no) and James Ford (55), Bideford totalled a handy 228 for six.Pete Lowry (2-33) and Dominic Hazell (3-52) got the brake on for a while before Warne and Chris Luxton (28) upped the pace by putting on 53 for the sixth wicket.Dan Hart (9no) came in at the end to assist Warne in adding 53 unbroken for the last wicket.Clyst captain Graham White made 29, Kevin Coe hit 24 and Lowry top scored with 37.Hopes of winning had probably gone at 149 for six, but it should have been possible to bat out the remaining overs. It wasn't.The last four wickets fell for just one run added as Clyst were skittled out for 150 with four overs to go.Bideford will be keen to bounce back at Shobrooke Park on Saturday.