Braunton skipper Dan Brierely was left fuming after his side’s game against Sidmouth at Kelsey was rained off.

Table-topping Sidmouth had been bowled out for 122 in the first innings, Robbie Powell (33) making the only score above 20.

Powell and skipper Anthony Griffiths (16) put on 55 for the fourth wicket in the only partnership of any significance before last pair Tom Simmons (13) and Charles Dibble (14) added 32.

There were three wickets for Braunton’s Jon Baglow and two each for Callum Mitchell, Brierley and Mike Taylor.

Run-rate is used to decide rain-affected games in the C Division East – good old simple division rather than the vagaries of the Duckworth-Lewis System.

There is just one snag. The side batting second has to bat for at least 20 overs before they can call it a match and do the sums.

Braunton were 61 for four after 18.4 overs when the rain came. Eight more balls and they would have been declared winners by a distance.

“It was so frustrating to get so close against the top team in our division and not finish it off,” said Brierley.

“They could not have argued had we won as we were well ahead of the run rate when we came off.

“Understandably, they jumped at the chance to go off and there was no way they were going back after that.”

Sidmouth skipper Griffiths said: “It is a fact they would have won had it gone to 20 overs.

“Another view is had it not rained we would have won.”

Brierely and Braunton will hope the weather gods smile kindly on them at Whimple this Saturday.