This week’s Tolchards Devon Cricket League round-up
Hatherleigh took a step in the right direction when they beat Barton by 158 runs.
The win means they move out of the bottom two in the A Division.
Barton have only won once in the last six starts – and that was against Ipplepen who have lost every game they have played so far.
The last time Barton won a game was in round seven when Sandford were beaten by four wickets.
Hatherleigh shot to 251 for six in their 50 overs – Gareth Tidball and Charlie Nielson both making half centuries.
Matt Thomas (26) and Danny Forfester (33) got Hatherleigh up to 99 for three then Tidball and Neilson put on 94 for the fourth.
First to go was Tidball – bowled by Matt Litpon for 61 off 78 balls.
Neilson was last out for 61 at 226 for six, leaving Ryan Davies to smash 21 off nine balls before the overs ran out.
Barton’s Tom Drake reminded everyone what a good, all-round cricketer he is with two for 17 from 10 overs.
Lipton – one of three brothers playing for the club - showed he has promise with two for 23 from eight overs.
Barton were all out for 93 midway through the 29th over – no one making more than opener Steve Lewis (21).
Lewis was fifth out on 58 after Barton were badly holed by Charlie Nielson (3-32) and Sean Leathern (3-52)
Mark Gilmour (16) and Tom Porter (11) had the only other double-figure scores as Barton were finished off by Thomas (3-22).
Winning captain Mark Lake said after four straight losses it was good to win and do so by dominating from start to finish.
Lake added: “What pleased me the most was we got a good total without Matt Thomas getting a score.
“I have high praise for my two opening bowlers, who were clinical in taking six wickets between them in an opening spell.
“It’s just the start of a run of results but we had to start somewhere and hopefully this is it.”
Bideford are up to second place following a 42-run win over Ottery St Mary.
James Ford played the anchorman role with 56 in 99 minutes as a solid batting effort by Bideford yielded a total of 203.
There were plenty of chip-ins, starting with Matt Shepherd (31), Paul Heard (26), Fred King (23) and Josh Atkinson (28) all keeping the score ticking over.
Bideford had wickets in hand going into the last 10 overs, most of which were harvested by Alex Thurgate (4-33) and Billy Rudolph (4-43)
Ottery got to 125 for four in reply with 15 overs to go and were probably slight favourites.
The chase rate slowed after that and when John Tierney was run-out for 27 it all went wrong for Ottery, who slumped from 158 for five to 161 all out – Alex Hannam (3-2) and Mike Lemmings (2-14) among the wickets.
Bideford have moved ahead of Ottery and Plymstock into second place, 19 points behind leaders Ivybridge.
Having been bowled out for 105 the week before, it was an improved showing.
“A good team performance and yet another part of our rollercoaster season,” said Bideford captain Paul Heard.
“James Ford played anchor yet again and two or three other batsmen played good cameos.”
At the other end of the table, Braunton moved closer to safety when they defeated visiting Shobrooke Park by 76 runs.
Braunton made 261 for four in their 45 overs – opener Rob Collier batting through for an unbeaten 107.
Shobrooke were 185 for nine when their overs ran out.
In a division with three relegation spots, Braunton are only five points from safety now, and will have the chance to move out if they beat Thorverton on Saturday.
Shobrooke made a dream start at Kelsey where Dan Robbins bowled Alfie Huxtable in the first over.
Collier and Neil Bettis took the score to 73 when Budricks (2-29) struck twice.
Bettis went caught and bowled for 36, then Rob Paterson was lbw first ball.
Callum Mitchell survived the hat-trick ball and stayed around for another 79 deliveries to make 91.
Collier and Mitchell put on 188 for the fourth wicket, which lasted until the final ball of the innings.
Shobrooke got as far as 112 for three before Braunton captain John Baglow took four wickets with only five runs being added to end their hopes.
C Division East
Barnstaple and Pilton did enough in the four-wicket defeat by Countess Wear to lift themselves out of the bottom two.
Eight points might not sound a great deal, but it was enough to take Barnstaple past Countess Wear, who were hammered by Filleigh.
James Russell had 52 of the first 89 on the board as Barnstaple headed towards a total of 238 for nine.
Jack Moore went in when Russell came out and went on to top score with 76.
Countess Wear were going great guns in reply at 128 for two, but stuttered after that, reaching 160 for six.
But Kav Dias (47no) and Kam Singh (43no) saw the chase through with an undefeated stand of 82.
Brady Saunders (3-36) was easily the pick of the B&P bowlers, although Steve Moore (0-32) gave little away in his nine-over stint.
Elsewhere in the division, Filleigh defeated Clyst Hydon by a hefty 295-run margin to gain a bit more ground on the play-offs and break a couple of records along the way.
Ryan Bowden was the man of the moment with the bat for Filleigh, clouting 113 in a stand of 209 with Justin Saker for the first wicket in a total of 356 for three.
The C Division East has only been round a couple of summers, but Filleigh’s total and the first-wicket stand are both records.
Saker was first to go but Bowden added a further 43 before he was caught behind off Richard Arnold (2-59).
Prideaux (48no) and Harley Ashdown (30no) plundered another 77 unbroken before the overs ran out.
Hydon folded to 61 all out inside 13 overs.
Clyst Hydon fell apart against James Campbell (5-44) who was largely responsible for sending them from 33 for two to 34 for eight.