BRAUNTON were celebrating twice over on Saturday night as the 1st and 2nd XIs clinched promotion from their respective divisions. Tim Robinson hit 41 but lacked worthwhile support as Brixham were bowled out for 144 by Jon Baglow s 1st XI. There were thr

BRAUNTON were celebrating twice over on Saturday night as the 1st and 2nd XIs clinched promotion from their respective divisions.

Tim Robinson hit 41 but lacked worthwhile support as Brixham were bowled out for 144 by Jon Baglow's 1st XI.

There were three wickets each for Baglow and Ed Yeo as well as Mark Lathwell.

Braunton looked like running away with the game after cruising to 46 without loss courtesy of Matt Harival (28) and Tom Mitcham. Then Brixham hit back.

Wickets tumbled to Iqbal (3-30) and Orchard (2-47) as Braunton dipped to 85 for five.

Yeo and Lathwell (27no) saw off the danger as Braunton went on to win in the 46th over.

Dave Cresswell nailed 81 against relegated Dartington & Totnes as Braunton 2nd XI did enough in a drawn game at Foxhole to clinch promotion from the C Division.

*BIDEFORD won by 96 runs at Kingsbridge to send their hosts plummeting back to the C Division a year after they left it.

James Ford top scored with 51 for Bideford and featured in an opening stand of 65 with Matt Allin (25) to get the visitors up and running.

Andy Webb (37) kept the score ticking along until Ashley Treeby (4-64) and Ben Glover (2-57) bowled Kingsbridge back into the game.

Alex Hodges (36) and Chris Luxton (31) knocked up 59 for the seventh wicket as Bideford recovered to make 253 for seven.

Kingsbridge were all out for 157 in reply, which wasn't great but better than looked likely when the score was 80 for five.

Luxton (4-42) did most of the damage, supported by Hodges and Ford with two each.

*BARNSTAPLE & Pilton crumbled to 88 all out en route to a 65-run defeat at B Division runners-up Tavistock.

Tavvy went about beating Barum the hard way as they were 24 for four before Steve Luffman (63) and Andy Kaitiff (23) helped them towards 153 all out.

Playing the spinners proved a problem for Tavvy as Barum's prime wicket takers were Steve Moore (2-18) and George McEndoo (4-6).

Andy Barton made 20 and Moore 26, which left little or nothing from the rest.

There was a mini-revival from 49 for six to 70 for seven before Andy Gauler (3-13) polished off the tail enders.

*A WINNING draw against Ipplepen was enough to ensure Hatherleigh finished top of the D Division.

Hatherleigh closed on 235 for four with the main contributors being Simon Gillespie (75), Ali Collier (55) and 35 extras.

Pens' skipper Keith Wakeham took 2-34 then his batsmen denied Hatherleigh a final day win by reaching 182 for nine.

Rob Fishleigh (3-43), Mark Lake (3-35) and Gillespie (2-43) were amongst the wickets.

*NORTH Devon's disappointing finale to the season continued with another defeat, this time by five-wickets at the hands of relegation worriers Budleigh Salterton.

Budleigh went into the last game of the season under threat off being overhauled by either Plymouth or Torquay for the second relegation place.

A win was the only way to be sure of staying up and that motivation was something North Devon simply did not have.

North Devon were held to 171 for eight in their 50 overs - James Overton making a top score of 50 after the Sandhills outfit had slumped to 88 for six under pressure from Instow old boy Matt Webb (3-39).

Stuart Rhodes made 24 and put on 32 for the fifth wicket with Jas Kalsi (34).

Skipper Rob Ayre (27no) and Overton held it all together in the second half of the innings.

Budleigh got a dream start through openers Sandy Allen (70) and Bob Dawson (49), whose 83-run stand pointed them in the right direction.

Dawson was first out, caught behind off Dan Bowser (2-32), which left Allen to keep the board ticking over. When Rob Gear got Allen out stumped at 145 for three, caution became Budleigh's watchword.

It took them 15 overs to make the 17 needed to win, a necessary device to preserve wickets just in case something went wrong at Torquay.

Rob Newman, on a rare outing for this season, made 13 not out and Lloyd White was unbeaten on three when the winning post was finally passed.

*North Devon 2nd XI fared better at Budleigh, winning by eight wickets to condemn their hosts to relegation.

Budleigh were bowled out for 149 with Tim Cook (6-36) and Billy Curtis (3-32) putting the skids under then

North Devon had a stammer at first with openers Rob Hearne (11) and Scot Amos (0) going cheaply.

Warren Miller (46no) and Ian Gear (72no) had the game won after 29 overs following an unbroken stand of 127 for the third wicket. Victory lifted North Devon into second place in the final table.

The other side dropping down with Budleigh are Hatherleigh, whose goose was cooked by a 95-run drubbing at Plympton.

Plympton's target of 162 looked achievable, but Hatherleigh were bowled out for 67 in reply.

Marcus Brock (5-58) and Ross Cherrington (3-32) were the bowlers who did the damage for Hatherleigh. Richard Skinner (25) top scored for Plympton, whose last five wickets mustered 34 between them.

Hatherleigh's first five only scored 39 and from then on there was only one possible outcome.