BRAUNTON administered a spanking to A Division stragglers Alphington when they ran out 102-run winners at Kelsey. Braunton rattled along to 219 for eight in their 50 overs - Andy Paddison (86) and Mark Mitchell (44) the prime run getters. Paddison Paddis
BRAUNTON administered a spanking to A Division stragglers Alphington when they ran out 102-run winners at Kelsey.Braunton rattled along to 219 for eight in their 50 overs - Andy Paddison (86) and Mark Mitchell (44) the prime run getters.Paddison Paddison scored the early runs then Mitchell topped up the tally at the end.Mitchell didn't hang about when he batted as he hit the Alphington attack for six sixes.Pick of the bowlers by a distance for Alphington with four for 29 was skipper Paul James.Alphington were 51 for six when James came in with the hopeless task of trying to save the game.Of the next 66 runs scored before Alphington were all out for 117, James scored 57 of them.Braunton shared the business of wicket taking around with man of the match Paddison, Fraser James and Colin Hack taking three each.Braunton were saved a wasted trip to Ipplepen for a second team game by one of the marvels of modern technology - the picture phone.Pens' captain Simon Curling, a former North Devon player, sent pictures off the waterlogged outfield to opposite number Chris Brigden to save them travelling in vain.Braunton host Barton this Saturday. The 2nd XI are on the road to Axminster.l BARNSTAPLE remain stuck fast at the foot of the B Division after losing by 50 runs at Clyst St George.Clyst opener Nick Dubuisson went lame around the 70-run mark, but with help from a runner went on to make a century in a total of 256 for five declared. Matt Cook helped the score along with 67 in a stand of 151 with Dubuisson.Clyst skipper Graham White declared early to buy four extra overs to bowl Barum out.White had one or two anxious moments during the second innings as bottom side Barum had nothing to lose by going for the runs.Brady Saunders made 79 and Andrew Barton hit 44, but the asking rate crept up to six an over with 15 overs to go and wickets were starting to fall.The combined efforts of Pete Weatherhead (5-48) and Dylan Mort (3-32) had Barum all-out in the first of the extra overs White purchased by declaring early.There was some consolation back at Barnstaple, where the 2nd XI scraped a one-wicket won over their Clyst counterparts.Bobby Pedlar (4-18) and Danny Donovan (3-35) put the skids under Clyst, who were bowled out for 140. Alan Welsh (29) top scored.Paul Richardson (4-44) and South African Doug Webberley (2-23) then repaid the compliment by putting B&P under pressure.Tom Popham (28) and Dan Brierley (38) were the main run scorers as Barum crept towards victory and up to third place in the table.