Bideford pulled off the shock of the day in the A Division to give their survival hopes a massive boost.

Bideford made 177 in their innings at home to Cornwood. Picture: Matt SmartBideford made 177 in their innings at home to Cornwood. Picture: Matt Smart

Third-placed Cornwood would have expected to beat third-bottom Bideford, not lose to them by 70 runs.

But that’s exactly how it panned out with Bideford picking up a win that moves them 14 points clear of the relegation places.

With 20 to play for at doomed Chudleigh this Saturday, Bideford are just about safe.

Bideford made 177 for nine in the full 50 overs.

Bideford made 177 in their innings at home to Cornwood. Picture: Matt SmartBideford made 177 in their innings at home to Cornwood. Picture: Matt Smart

Their batting was steady most of the way through with useful contributions from Ollie Hannam (29), James Ford (42) and Fred King (29).

Elliott Staddon (2-34) and Mo Salman (3-24) led the bowling effort for Cornwood.

The game got away from Cornwood in the time it took to dip from 50 for two, when Aaron Richards (28) got out, to 69 for six.

No one else made more than 14 as Jack Ford (2-20) and Martin Stewart (2-15) finished what Paul Heard (2-24) and Jamie Lathwell (2-20) had started.

Bideford made 177 in their innings at home to Cornwood. Picture: Matt SmartBideford made 177 in their innings at home to Cornwood. Picture: Matt Smart

Happy skipper Paul Heard said: “What a fantastic result for us.

“We played in a way that was both impressive and frustrating that we haven’t done it more this season.

“The batters set a target that gave us a chance but still seemed slightly short but the bowlers were superb and we took all our chances.”