Bideford beat Dartington & Totnes to move away from basement
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Bideford put some distance between themselves and the B Division basement when they defeated Dartington & Totnes by eight wickets.
Although Plymstock are dead and buried at the bottom of the table, any one of Heathcoat 2nd XI, Dartington & Totnes, Ivybridge or Bideford will occupy the second drop spot.
All will only become clear this Saturday once Bideford have played Bovey Tracey 2nd XI, D&T have entertained champs-elect Thorverton, Heathcoat go to second-placed Kilmington and Ivybridge visit Ipplepen.
“We will get the required points,” said Alex Hannam, Bideford’s quietly confident skipper.
Dartington & Totnes reached 122 all out in the last of their 45 overs, which always looked a below-par total. Joe Parker made 22 opening up, veteran Steve Mudge made 27 going in at number 10 and no one in between made more than 15. Twenty-five extras helped D&T earn an extra bonus point.
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Up-and-coming seamer Steve Bond dominated the Bideford bowling stats with four for 17 from nine overs. Hannam and Jack Ford had two wickets each.
The chase was a perfunctory affair that was wrapped inside 21 overs. Although opener James Ford came and went in the first over, Tom Brend (34no) and James Greenleaf (27) ensured a Bideford win.
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*Braunton lost by five wickets to Ottery St Mary in a rain-affected C East encounter on the Kelsey Ground.
Skipper Callum Mitchell made a top score of 54 for Braunton in a modest total of 148 all out. The only stand of note for Braunton was one of 55 for the fifth wicket between Mitchell and Tom Robotham (18).
Alfie Huxtable (22) had the only other score worth a mention for Braunton, who lost their last six wickets for just 18 runs.
Pick of the bowlers by a distance for Ottery with five for 18 was Matt Jeacock. Jody Clements backed up with three for 28.
A break for rain brought the Ottery target down to 99 to win and they got there with time to spare.
Skipper Alex Clements led the way with an unbeaten 52 in a win that gives Ottery some hope of avoiding relegation alongside Whimple.
Braunton are heading for a third-place finish behind long-time leaders Sidmouth and Clyst St George, one of whom will seal the lone promotion place out of the division in this Saturday’s final round of games.
*Hatherleigh 2nd XI’s dismal C West season continued with a rain-ruined match against promotion possibles Stoke Gabriel.
Hatherleigh have been resigned to relegation for some time, but Stoke and Bridestowe have been involved in a private battle among themselves for the solitary promotion place out of level four.
A rained-off game made no difference to Hatherleigh, but was a nuisance for Stoke (15.11pts), who had hoped to gain some fractions of average points on Bridestowe (15.82). When margins are measured in tenths and hundredths of a point, every wicket taken and run scored is important.
As there are no points being handed out for abandoned games this season, Hatherleigh 136 and Stoke’s four wickets are meaningless.
For the record… Harry Arden and Sam Clark both made half-centuries for Hatherleigh. Stoke spinner Dan Bullock claimed three of the four wickets to fall.
*Bideford 2nd XI were beaten by 40 runs in a lop-sided E East game away to Woodbury & Newton St Cyres.
Nalin Chouhan (55no) and Matt Moretta (52no) rescued Woodbury & NSC from the depths of 70 for five with an unbroken stand of 118 that took the total to 188 for five.
Bideford’s Jim Keates (0-26), Tom Stone (2-26) and Ben Gifford (1-22) all bowled nine-over spells at less than three runs an over.
A lengthy break for rain brought the target down to 97 to win from 23 overs – and Bideford got nowhere near it!
John Weeks (28) was the only batter to make much progress for Bideford, whose early order was decimated by Becca Silk’s five-for-18 haul.
Braunton's F Division East fixture at Exwick was cancelled without a ball bowled.