BIDEFORD under-11s are off to a flying start in the North Devon Youth Cricket League with three successive victories taking them well clear at the top of the early-season table. Their latest success was a nine-wicket win over North Devon. North Devon took

BIDEFORD under-11s are off to a flying start in the North Devon Youth Cricket League with three successive victories taking them well clear at the top of the early-season table.

Their latest success was a nine-wicket win over North Devon.

North Devon took the crease first, but despite 21 from Yewdell were held to 66-8, with O Smale 2-4 and A Hannam 2-11 the top bowlers.

An unbeaten 21 from T Brend and 21 more from D Morris, before he was forced to retire hurt, took Bideford to a comfortable win.

Newton Tracey lead the Under-10s after making it two wins out of two with an 82-run victory at home to Chulmleigh.

After posting 190 all out, with double figure contributions from W Cowling and B Cobb, Newton sent their visitors back well short, only A Davies hitting double figures as Cowling 3-1 led their attack.

Hatherleigh scored their second win in three Under-13 matches with a 19-run success at home to Newton Tracey.

F Priest 18no and T Piere 12 led Hatherleigh's batting in a 98-5 total, while A Robinson took 3-19 for the visitors. The Newton reply was led by A Byrne 12 and J Roberts 11, but confined to 79-7 by the bowling of A Berry 2-10 and T Southerly 2-15.

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Results...

Under-10s: Filleigh: 212 (L Williams 19). Chulmleigh: 110 (T Smallen 5-4).

Newton Tracey: 190 (W Cowling 15, B Cobb 10). Chulmleigh: 108 (A Davies 12; W Cowling 3-1).

Under-11s: North Devon: 66-8 (Yewdall 21; A Smale 2-4, A Hannam 2-11). Bideford: 68-1 (T Brend 21no, D Morris 21 retd).

Hatherleigh: 84-1 (Harris 13, Marden 12no). Braunton: 62 (K Latham 31; A Quick 3-3).

Under-13s: Chulmleigh: 64-7 (T Gidney 22; Chugg 2-7). Barnstaple: 65-3 (W Knill 30no; O Dallyn 2-4).

Hatherleigh: 98-5 (F Priest 18no, T Piere 12; A robinson 3-19). Newton Tracey: 79-7 (A Byrne 12, J Roberts 11; A Berry 2-10, T Southerly 2-15).

North Devon: 122-2 (E Mann 59, c Drew 25no, A Kelly 21no). Weare Giffard: 60-9 (A Hydleman 3-5).