BRAUNTON bounced back from their nine-wicket hammering a Bovey Tracey by dishing out a 102-run drubbing to Tavistock. Braunton might be without former Somerset and England batsman Mark Lathwell at the moment, a new job in the finance industry is curtaili
BRAUNTON bounced back from their nine-wicket hammering a Bovey Tracey by dishing out a 102-run drubbing to Tavistock. Braunton might be without former Somerset and England batsman Mark Lathwell at the moment, a new job in the finance industry is curtailing his cricket activities, but they certainly aren't struggling for runs.Mark Mitchell (74) and Jon Higgs (48) put up 104 in 20 overs for the first wicket - Higgs getting out caught on the boundary to Andy Gauler (3-42) - then Barney Huxtable (43) helped Mitchell put on 50 for the third.With Andy Paddison chipping in with 20. Braunton had 252 for nine on the board at the end of 50 overs.Tavistock started brightly enough - Gareth Tidball (24) and Ian Gay (26) opening up with 55 - and the runs kept coming for a while from Harry Gearing (34) and Mark Webber (19).Tavvy were up with the asking rate, but started losing wickets regularly and at 139 for seven when Gearing was out they had seen four go for the same number of runs.Paddison (4-16) and Mark Johnson (2-9) dealt with the stragglers with the minimum of fuss. Braunton visit leaders Bradninch this Saturday.l BIDEFORD made Heathcoat work every inch of the way for a three-wicket win in the B Division.Paul Elliott's promotion chasers were faced with making 157 to win, the sort of total they have made mincemeat of this season.Only three balls remained in the match when Heathcoat scrambled home with Simon Harding and Jack Menheneott the not-out batsmen, hardly the outcome Elliott would have expected.Elliott (2-30) and Liam Lewis (4-46) ensured Bideford found runs hard to come by. Skipper James Ford made 30 and Chris Luxton was 37 not out when the overs ticked away.Alex Hodges (2-30) and Mike Warne (4-37) then made Heathcoat labour for runs in reply. The main entries in the scorebook belonged to Lewis (27) and Joe Smith (29).