This week’s Tolchards Devon Cricket League round-up
Hatherleigh skipper Mark Lake wants a win over Budleigh Salterton this Saturday to keep his side safe from the A Division drop.
Hatherleigh were 142 for five in the 31st over when rain stopped play against promoted Bradninch.
Barton’s defeat by Sandford left them in the second relegation place, 13 points behind Hatherleigh with two games to play and 40 points left on the table.
If Barton lose to Plympton this Saturday they have to hope Hatherleigh and Chudleigh lose too.
Then it will come down to Barton beating Chudleigh on the last day, which may not be enough should Hatherleigh win their derby date with Lewdown.
If Hatherleigh beat Budleigh this Saturday they are safe.
“We still need a win to confirm safety but are in a good position after last Saturday,” said skipper Lake.
“We have been more consistent with our performances, and that’s given us better results.”
Braunton’s hopes of staying in the B Division suffered what looks like a terminal setback when they lost to visiting Plymstock by eight wickets.
Braunton made 136 for seven in 28 overs of a rain-reduced game at Kelsey – Rob Cunningham keeping them in check with a four-wicket haul.
Opener Alfie Huxtable top scored for Braunton, whose next-best chip in was 26 not out by Alec Hodges.
Cunningham (4-20) was well backed-up by Bronte Bess (0-9), Syed Ali (1-25) and James Nicholls (0-19).
Promotion-chasing Plymstock hurtled to victory in 16.1 overs.
They were led there by skipper Scott Mansfield (42), aided and abetted by Jason Williams (21), Jack Horton and Bronte Bess.
Williams and Masfield put on 54 for the first wicket, Mansfield and Horton took it to 86 for two then Horton (28) and Bess (38) finished the task.
Bess blocked the first three balls he faced, then lashed five fours and three sixes on his way to 38 off 12 balls.
Braunton are now 20 points adrift with 40 to play for, starting this Saturday at home to Tavistock.
Mathematically, it appears Braunton can stay up, but the reality is a little different.
Braunton have to get ahead of South Devon and Thorverton to stay up.
Unfortunately for Braunton, both of those two sides play each other on Saturday.
The only way Braunton will definitely stay up is if Thorverton lose heavily twice and they beat Tavistock and already doomed Dartington & Totnes.
A Thorverton win this week means the end of the line for Braunton if they are more than 20 points behind them on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, Bideford’s hopes of promotion from are hanging by a thread after their game against Shobrooke Park failed to go the distance.
Jon James, Jacques Budricks and Andrew Codling all made 50 or more as Shobrooke amassed 255 for five and maximum batting points in 41 overs.
James (61) and Chris Simpson (14) put on 50 for the second wicket, Budricks (56) shared stands of 32 with James and 43 with Chris Ford, then Codling whacked it at the end.
Codling hit eight fours and a six on his way to 53 off 26 balls, a knock that it included an unbroken stand of 49 in the last three-and-a-half overs with veteran Richard Pyle.
Bideford spinner James Ford – four overs for 41 runs – was on the receiving end of the blitz.
Bideford were 28 for three when it rained in the seventh over of their reply.
They are now 22 points behind second-placed Plymstock and 28 adrift of leaders Ivybridge with two games to go.
Bideford should defeat relegated Dartington & Totnes this Saturday at Westward Ho!, but need Plymstock or Ivybridge to lose heavily to stay in contention.
C Division East
Filleigh make the short trip to Barnstaple this Saturday for a game neither side can afford to lose.
Simon Prideaux’s Filleigh side are in the thick of a battle at the top of the table for the play-off place.
Filleigh (215pts), Cullompton (211) and Kilmington (207) are all chasing promotion with two matches left to play.
The runners-up in the division will face Abbotskerswell or Alphington for a place in next season’s B Division.
Filleigh had hoped to knock Kilmington out of the equation last Saturday, but that game ended early when rain stopped play without a result.
Filleigh play Cullompton in the final day of the season and don’t want to be playing catch-up, which is why beating Barnstaple is so important.
Filleigh made 220 all out at Kilmington – Macauley Harrison-Hooton leading the way with 55 after opener Justin Saker made 33.
There was a stand of 57 with Jas Kalsi (26) and another of 43 with Connor Nash (25).
Craig Seward (2-39) and Josh Short (2-44) kept it round five an over when they were bowling. Tom Gooding (3-51) was a bit more expensive.
Kilmington were 11 without loss when rain stopped play.
Meanwhile, Barnstaple and Pilton made Seaton work hard for the three-wicket win that sent them back to the B Division.
After James Thomas went for 21 off the first 31 on the board, Brady Saunders (34) and Jack Moore (37) added 66 for the second wicket.
After Moore fell there was a further stand of 33 between Saunders and Henry McEndoo.
Ben Morgan – two for 23 from nine overs – broke the stand and two more wickets fell reaching 142 for five.
McEndoo went on to top score on 47 before being last out in a total of 181 for seven.
Seaton soon found out how hard runs were to find as Steve and Jack Moore slowed them.
The difference between winning and losing was an unbeaten 93 from Seaton opener Cann, who saw off everything Barnstaple could bowl at him.
Seaton crept over the line with two overs and two balls to spare.