BRAUNTON abandoned the run chase early against Bradninch in the A Division and settled for a losing draw. Bradninch totted up a massive 286 for four at Kelsey with Aussie Ryan Butterworth helping himself to an unbeaten 102. Braunton did a good containing

BRAUNTON abandoned the run chase early against Bradninch in the A Division and settled for a losing draw.Bradninch totted up a massive 286 for four at Kelsey with Aussie Ryan Butterworth helping himself to an unbeaten 102.Braunton did a good containing job on Bradninch until the last nine overs when Butterworth and Ross Acton (59no) really cut loose. Their stand of 102 changed the course of the game - and didn't do much for the bowling figures of Barney Huxtable, whose nine overs cost 65 runs. Adrian Ezquerro (33) chipped in for Bradninch.Brauntons weren't too interested in chasing 287 to win - and Bradninch bowlers Gary Chapple (2-35) and Joel Murphy (2-33) gave them no encouragement!Once a stand of 91 for the third Braunton wicket was broken, Mark Lathwell making 69 and Andy Paddison 35, the home side went safety first to the draw at 183 for six.Bradninch 286-4 (R Butterworth 106no, R Acton 59no, A Ezquerro 33; C Hack 2-31), Braunton 183-6 (M Lathwell 69, A Paddison 35; R Acton 2-52, G Chapple 2-35, J Murphy 2-33). Bradninch (14pts) drew with Braunton (6). l BARNSTAPLE & Pilton were on the wrong end of a seven-wicket hiding at Shobrooke Park after they were bowled out for a paltry 71.Barnstaple were always on a hiding to nothing after slumping to 47 for five and were unable to pull out of the nosedive.Ben Trenaman (5-23) and Justin Dollow (2-28) did the damage to Barnstaple who only had two batsmen reach double figures: Lee Cole (21) and Brady Saunders (14).Shobrooke bowled Barnstaple out in 21 overs and needed just 15 to knock off the runs.Jon James (22) and Steve Poortman (21) got the early runs, leaving Phil Anning (15no) and Mike Rawnsley (9no) to get the rest.Shobrooke entertain Abbotskerswell this Saturday in a game both sides will want to win as the early jostling for position at the top hots up.Barnstaple 71 (L Cole 21, B Saunders 14; B Trenaman 5-23, J Dollow 2-28), Shobrooke Park 73-3 (J James 22, S Poortman 21; I Wheatley 2-33). Shobrooke (18pts) bt Barnstaple (1) by 7 wkts.l NORTH Devon 2nd XI came a cropper in a big way against Plympton when they slumped to a massive 154-run defeat.Lee Mundell hit 58, and Dave Walter cracked 42, in Plympton's total of 236 for eight. Veteran Colin Payne collected three Plympton wickets for 60 runs, while Tom Rogers, who has switched from Hatherleigh, had two for 34 including Walter.North Devon soon ran into trouble against Danny Hawker (5-29) and Tom Howarth (2-25) and at 51 for nine the end shouldn't have been far away.Rogers (16) and Dave Smale (16no) delayed the inevitable, which came on 82 in the 35th over.