Skipper Paul Heard took four wickets and there were three more for Jack Ford as Bideford beat Barton by 108 runs in the basement battle at Westward Ho!

Bideford v Barton in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League A Division. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Barton in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League A Division. Picture: Matt Smart

Barton's preparations for the game were less than ideal as five of the previous week's side could not travel. Their second XI was raided for the teenage Crocker twins as well as veterans Gary Spencer and Jim Parker.

Bideford took full advantage of Barton's problems by making 230 for six in 50 overs, then holding the Torquay side to 142 for nine in reply.

In the four-way dogfight at the bottom of the A Division table, Barton (112pts) are still propping up the table. Bideford (127) have moved ahead of Abbotskerswell (121) and Ivybridge (123), but with 80 points to play for in the final four games positions remain fluid.

Ben Perry's run of form for Bideford continued with a top score of 96. It was his fourth 50-plus score in the last six games. His other knocks were 49 and 39.

Bideford v Barton in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League A Division. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Barton in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League A Division. Picture: Matt Smart

Heard hit 60 going in second wicket down and put on 115 with opener Perry.

Stuart Bowker (3-43) and Matt Crampton (2-49) were Barton's most effective bowlers.

Morgan Harford was promoted to open for Barton and responded with a mature knock of 50 off 97 balls. He was fourth out on 110.

Run-scoring support was in short supply - Adrian Lipton (16) was next best - once Heard (4-24) and Ford (3-21) got to work.

Bideford v Barton in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League A Division. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Barton in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League A Division. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford are away to second-bottom Abbotskerswell in another must-win game this Saturday.

Bideford v Barton in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League A Division. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Barton in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League A Division. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford's Ben Perry hit 96 in their A Division match against Barton. Picture: Matt SmartBideford's Ben Perry hit 96 in their A Division match against Barton. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Barton in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League A Division. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Barton in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League A Division. Picture: Matt Smart

Ben Perry batting for Bideford against Barton at Westward Ho!. Picture: Matt SmartBen Perry batting for Bideford against Barton at Westward Ho!. Picture: Matt Smart