This week’s Tolchards Devon League Round-up

A Division

Hatherleigh slipped up against Chudleigh for the first time in a while when the lost by four wickets at Kate Brook.

Hatherleigh had won the previous five meetings between the sides and were keen to register another in their attempt to get out of the drop spots.

It didn’t go to plan though, as they were held to 165 for eight and lost with more than two overs to go.

Hatherleigh remain in the bottom two, eight points away from safety.

Opener Matt Thomas top scored for Hatherleigh with 57, but a promising start went into decline as 79 for one became 98 for four as Matt Heather (5-40) broke through.

Chris Jelley had 25 in a misfiring middle order, in which Ryan Davies had the only other score of note.

Rob Clarke (1-37) and Ben Holmes (0-26) bowled frugal spells to keep Hatherleigh under control.

Chudleigh made untrammelled progress to 47 for one – Foreman (36) and Mark Solway (18) the run scorers – then stumbled to 68 for three under pressure from Jack Cherrington (2-35), Thomas (1-15 off 10) and Rob Cockwill (2-12).

Heather’s 45 in a lop-sided stand of 47 with Corey Sinclair (7) got Chudleigh ahead of the clock.

Sinclair then Heather went in the space of four balls, but Sean Newland (20) and Dan Britcliffe (31no) put on 49 to kill the game.

Hatherleigh skipper Mark Lake said his side got what they deserved – and will get something else they don’t want unless results improve.

“I was very disappointed as it was a massive game and we didn’t perform,” said Lake.

“We were sloppy in the field and a few under par with the bat.

“It wasn’t the way we wanted to start the second half of the season.

”The next three weeks are massive in terms of our season. We need to string a run of positive results together, or it will be to late.”

B Division

Braunton are looking anxiously over their shoulders after a six-wicket defeat at South Devon left them hovering above the drop zone.

South Devon, who didn’t win a game in the first seven weeks of the season, have now won three in a row.

South Devon are still in the bottom three, but are only three points behind Braunton now.

Opener Alfie Huxtable top scored for Braunton with 57 in their total of 203 all out.

Huxtable was second out at 108 – he and Neil Bettis (29) put on 96 for the second wicket – with Jon Baglow next best with 33 batting at ten.

Mark Andrews got on with it first up for South Devon, making 34 of the first 43 on the board.

Dave Knowles masterminded the rest of the run chase, batting through for an unbeaten 74.

Bettis (3-50) briefly slowed the South Devon chase, but Knowles kept his cool and stands of 73 with Paul Hooper (30) and 66 unbroken with Martin (30) got the job done.

Braunton’s back-up bowling wasn’t at its best. Callum Mitchell and Jon Higgs had short but costly spells.

Braunton skipper Baglow said South Devon didn’t win as comfortably as it appears on paper.

“We tried to be positive by batting first and at109 for twoat drinks we felt 250 would be a potential score,” said Baglow.

“We were 40 for five in the next 10 overs and only just managed to get 200.

“It was touch and go for a long time but Knowles batted sensibly, we struggled to contain and the weather in the end meant bowling was tough.

“No excuses though, we weren’t good enough on the day.”

Meanwhile, Bideford’s game against Tavistock at the Ring was called off due to bad weather.

South Devon are the visitors to Westward Ho! this Saturday.

C Division East

Filleigh are out of the relegation places in the C Division East thanks to a three-wicket win over Feniton.

Adam Ramcharran (30) was the early-order lynch pin for Fention, sharing stands of 43 with Graham Tucker (22) and 50 with Mark Kingdon (30).

Charlie Selley (27) and Alex Frankpitt (53) then put on 73 as Feniton progressed towards a final tally of 221 for six.

Filleigh bowlers Jon Hickman (0-19) and James Campbell (0-27) gave little away in their nine overs. Ryan Bowden and James Marsh had two wickets each at fluctuating rates of exchange!

Filleigh ultimately won at canter with more than five overs to spare, although at 89 for five it seemed unlikely.

Skipper Simon Prideaux made 85 and his stand of 126 with Connor Nash (50 no) took Filleigh within seven runs of victory.

Barnstaple and Pilton came away with a tie at Kilmington, losing their last wicket with one ball to go.

Kilmington were all out for 183 in the 41st over – no one making more than Matt Rockett (35).

Lots of batters got in – Sean Perry made 30, Brett Garner 26 and Alex Rockett 24 – but only one stand of 50-plus in the innings told its own story.

Steve Moore (2-28) shaded Paul Schiller (2-29) for Barnstaple’s bowling honours.

Barum’s chase was led by opener Tom Popham, who dug in deep after seeing George McEndoo and Brady Saunders both dismissed by Dan Fuzzard in the first over.

There were stands of 43 with Moore (16) and 58 with Robin Lake (17) as the target was whittled down.

Tom Oliver (3-23) kept whittling away at the B&P wickets though, which didn’t help.

Popham and last man James Lake got the scores level with a two balls to go. Tom Gooding bowled Lake and the game was tied.