This week’s Tolchards Devon League round-up

Devon A

Hatherleigh didn’t get much cricket in against Sandford on Saturday.

Play was abandoned in the 23rd over with Hatherleigh at 65 for two.

Matt Thomas picked up where he left off against Paignton seven days earlier – he took a century off them – with 42 not out.

The men out when rain stopped played were Rob Cockwill and Chris Jelley.

Hatherleigh will hope for better luck with the weather when they visit leaders Bradninch this Saturday.

Devon B

Bideford took the honours in the North Devon derby, beating Braunton by 71 runs.

Last week’s loss to Plymstock cost Bideford a share of the B Division leadership, but beating Braunton means they are third, a point behind second-placed Ivybridge.

All Bideford’s frontline batters made runs in a total of 265 for five.

Openers James Ford (76) and Tom Brend (30) racked up 113, then Paul Heard (60) and Matt Shepherd (24) took the score on to 218 for four.

After an outbreak of wicket-taking by Neil Bettis (2-37), Bideford finished with a flourish as Alex Hannam slammed five fours and a six in a 13-ball knock of 31 not out.

Braunton didn’t start badly as Alfie Huxtable (26), Rob Collier (68) and Bettis (23) took them up to 121 for two. Losing the next three wickets for 11 runs – Mike Lemmings (3-35) doing the damage – was the start of a decline to 194 all out.

Callum Mitchell made 12 and tail-ender Alec Hodges was 19 not out in a final tally of 194.

Martin Stewart (3-45) chivvied things along for Bideford.

Skipper Heard said Bideford had to up their bowling performance and a pep-talk over drinks was the turning point.

“We started off poorly with the ball, but bowled enough dots to keep the run rate difficult,” said Heard.

“At drinks we talked about building pressure through spin and that’s what we did, which won us the game.

“Martin Stewart and Michael Lemmings both did their job well.

“All in all everybody contributed to a good team win.”

Jon Baglow, the Braunton captain, said his side were not good enough and it showed.

“Firstly, room for improvement in the bowling department,” said Baglow.

He added: “At 30 overs we were a couple of runs ahead of where Bideford were.

“We just lost regular wickets.”

Devon C East

Barnstaple & Pilton were rained off before halfway at Cullompton.

Cullompton were stopped at an impressive 215 for four in the 40th over when the weather intervened.

Tafara Mupariwa (67) and James Blackmore (59) were the main run-scorers in Cully’s total.

They put on 127 for the third wicket.

Paul Schiller took two for 30 before the rain set in.

George McEndoo’s none for 11 from five overs stood out in the scorebook.

Barnstaple and Pilton face a tough test on Saturday if they are to get off the foot of the table.

They host top-of-the-table Seaton, who have yet to lose a game.

Meanwhile, Filleigh were on the wrong end of a 53-run scoreline at Countess Wear, where they lost their way chasing 183 to win.

Ian Ballinger (50) was third out and Mark Davey (66) went along until 159 for six in Countess Wear’s total of 182 for seven.

There were tidy nine-over spells by Kieron Jerrett (1-20), Ryan Bowden (1-23) and Gary Henry (1-22) – and three wickets for veteran Mike Prideaux (3-43).

Having done the hard bit keeping the runs down, Filleigh couldn’t keep the case going.

Having been 87 for three the slipped to 97 for six, losing leading scorer James Campbell (35) along the way.

John Bendall (3-33) and Kam Singh (2-6() worked trough the bottom half of the order as Filleigh subsided to 129 all out.

The result leaves Filleigh third from bottom in the C Division East, just one point ahead of Clyst Hydon.

They will be looking for their second win of the season on Saturday when they host Kilmington.