NORTH Devon's Premier Division game at home to Plymouth fizzled out into a non-event after the city side's pursuit of 188 to win was quietly abandoned. In a game reduced to 43 overs a side because of bad weather, North Devon made 187 for six with opener D
NORTH Devon's Premier Division game at home to Plymouth fizzled out into a non-event after the city side's pursuit of 188 to win was quietly abandoned.In a game reduced to 43 overs a side because of bad weather, North Devon made 187 for six with opener Dan Bowser making a top score of 61.Plymouth's reply petered out at 127 for four with Jack Little undefeated on 48. Left-arm spinner Matt Dart tied up one end for 11 overs at a cost of just 15 runs, which helped dissuade Plymouth from going for the runs. They were 75 for four with 13 over to go and went for safety first instead.Bowser was North Devon's anchorman, hitting seven fours during a 98-ball stay that helped the home side's total along to 125 for five.Mike Hedden had gone in the first over - caught behind off Dave Burke for none - and potential threat Stewart Rhodes was on a dozen when he went the same way as Hedden.Martin Gear (19) and Jas Kalsi (22) helped Bowser push the score along before the compact left-hander dipped out having a crash at John Nichols.Matt Westaway with a brisk 30 and North Devon captain Rob Ayre - out last ball when Charlie Hill bowled him for 28 - pushed the score up to 187 for six.Plymouth had to change wicketkeepers during the North Devon innings as Callum Whittaker suffered a hand injury. Ben Ferro took over, although Whittaker was happy to open the batting after tea.Whittaker only made nine though before nicking a delivery from former Devon seam bowler Mike Record through to North Devon keeper Ayre.Record (2-21), Rhodes and Dart all kept the pressure on as Plymouth laboured to 47 for two after 15 overs. The next man out was Toms, whom Record trapped lbw.The double demise of Ferro (21) and Steve Marks, both picked off by Westaway, left Plymouth 68 for four.Little and Harry Stephenson (21no) saw Plymouth through to the close without further incident.North Devon visit Bovey Tracey on Saturday.