Braunton and Alphington fought out a tie at Kelsey last time out in a game that hinged on the last ball. Alphington needed three to win, but could only scramble through for two. Match tied. Dan Brierley, the Braunton captain, said the sides agreed on a 20-over thrash after a long delay due to rain and had to get stuck in. Considering we were 16 for three and later in the innings Mark Halse (4-5) took three wickets in an over, we did well to get to 128 for eight, said Brierley. Ian Roberts top scored on 35 and put on 60 for the sixth wicket with Brierley (30). Alphington lost Halse and Luke Phillips before reaching double figures, but Nick Halse (27) and D J van Vuuren (57) got the chase up and running with a stand of 72, Tom Nightingale (21no) was at one and Ben Newcombe the other when the final over started. Alphington needed eight to win from the final over bowled by Mike Brown, but fell one short. It was the only over he bowled and a quality one as you would have backed them to come out swinging and hope for the best, said Brierley. It is the fifth time this season Braunton have been involved in last-over nail-biters and the first time they have not won. Exeter were beaten with one ball to spare when the sides met on the County Ground back in May. Braunton had two balls left when they beat Whimple and three in a win over Feniton. They could not have cut it any finer second time round against Exeter as the result was in doubt until the last wicket fell with two balls left and two runs in it. Braunton have opened up a gap of 22 points between themselves and the bottom three. They are away to doomed Budleigh Salterton II this Saturday.