FILLEIGH snatched Topsham's unbeaten F Division record with a two-wicket win at Bonfire Field. Saint James batted first and were indebted to Nick Horne for his 44 and a 24 from Ross Treleaven in a total of 167-9. John Hickman and Rodney Bowden each took
FILLEIGH snatched Topsham's unbeaten F Division record with a two-wicket win at Bonfire Field.Saint James batted first and were indebted to Nick Horne for his 44 and a 24 from Ross Treleaven in a total of 167-9. John Hickman and Rodney Bowden each took three wickets for the North Devon side who were on their way to victory at 130 for four when Bosomworth claimed the second hat-trick of his career, In a splendid piece of sportsmanship, Andrew Collier, batting for the visitors at the non-striking end, was the first to congratulate the home skipper on his achievement. As 130 for seven quickly became 136 for eight, a home victory looked the more likely outcome of an enthralling contest.But veteran Collier dug deep, remained at the wicket to the death and walked off with an unbeaten 36 seeing his side to a two-wicket win. Simon Prideaux was the other main run getter with 27.l THERE was a thrilling finish at Hatherleigh where the home side were still chasing victory during the final over of their D Division game with their last pair at the wicket. Yelverton had laboured their way to 156-8 with Rob Bennett top scoring with 45 and skipper Jez Stokes chipping in with 21 not out. Mark Lake (2-32) and Simon Gillespie (2-46) were the principle wicket takers for the home side who had a 44 from Gareth Tidball to thank for setting them up for the run chase. Lake chipped in with 34 but back came the visitors and the home innings closed on 146-9, 11 runs shy of a home win and a single wicket from an away victory. Geoff Brain (3-26), Bennett (2-16) and Stokes (2-20) did the damage with the ball.