Braunton cruise to big win over understrength Exeter rivals

Braunton in batting action against Exeter

Braunton in batting action against Exeter - Credit: Sam Cooper

Braunton cruised to an eight-wicket win over depleted Exeter 2nd XI to secure third place in the final C East table.

Exeter’s regular starting line-up had been decimated by first-team calls for the crucial game against Heathcoat in the Premier Division.

The city side wanted to cancel the 1st XI game due to Covid absences, but play second and third-team games as normal, but were told by the league the senior side had to play.

Freddie Cockram (62) top scored for Exeter in a 45-over total of 179 for nine.

Tommy Stewart (24) and Alex Small (24) were the other significant scorers in the Exeter innings.

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Shashank Iyer (4-37) had a field day with the ball for Braunton and Alfie Huxtable (3-31) was not far behind.

Braunton openers Rob Collier (70) and Jack Whittaker (67) put the game beyond Exeter’s reach with a partnership of 153.

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*A James Toms ton was not enough to spare Plymouth 2nd XI from a 28-run defeat by C West champions Bridestowe.

Bridestowe went all the way to 272 for nine in 45 overs, led by Tom Fogerty with 90.

Leon Horn (38) got Bridestowe moving then Fogerty, Bradon Horn (33) and Tom Pengelly (26) kept the scorers busy.

Dave Burke, Jack Hughes, Aziz Rahmanzai and Tom Hughes took two wickets each for Plymouth.

Toms, good enough to play for Devon at his peak and one of only a handful of players to make a ton on his county debut, showed some of that old form as he made 128 opening for Plymouth, and it did not go un-noticed by the opposition.

“One of the best knocks I have seen,” said Bridestowe’s James Ewen.

Although Toms had support from Hughes (44) and Gareth Hart (20) as he took the running total for 201 for three, Plymouth were probably one more score short of a successful chase.

Once Toms went wickets started to fall and a couple of run-outs did not help as Plymouth subsided to 244 all out.

Pick of the bowlers for Bridestowe with four for 35 was Leon Horn.

*Relegated Hatherleigh 2nd XI gave Cornwood a run for their money before going down by two wickets.

Harry Arden (73) top scored for Hatherleigh and put on 84 with Cameron Rowlands and 76 with Ruben Forrester (48) towards a total of 233 for five.

Josh Goodliffe’s nine-over spell for Cornwood produced two for 25 and opener James Richardson pointed them in the right direction with 14 fours on the way to 79 off 66 balls.

Owen Gannon made 34 – adding 61 with Richardson for the fourth wicket and Jack Brown (21) and Goodliffe (24) helped reach the target in the 38th over.

Rowlands (2-14) made it tense at the end with a double strike.

*Braunton 2nd XI capped off their promotion-winning season in F Division East with a 133-run win over Seaton 2nd XI.

Openers Steve Hunt and Nigel Cross both rifled big tons in Braunton’s whopping total of 371 for one.

Hunt made 169 off 110 balls – 21 fours, six sixes – and Cross had 27 boundaries in his 159 not out. Their opening stand was worth 356.

Seaton reached 238 for five before their overs ran out.

Also on the up into E Division East next season are North Devon 3rd XI, whose eight-run win over Exwick was a far keener contest.

Rob Mann (69) and Sandy Carrick (49) revived North Devon after a woeful start against Sean Bridgewater (4-27) to reach 234 for nine.

Although Jamie Withers (112) thumped a ton for Exwick, the visitors came up short on 226 all out.

Ten bowlers turned their arm over for North Devon. Jeremy Thompson (4-21) booked the most impressive figures.

*Newton Tracey were crowned H Division East champions in their first season in the Devon League.

Despite losing their final game to Sandford 3rds, they got the six points they needed to claim the title.

Oliver Symons, with 86 runs, was the main man for them on Saturday.

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