THE only top-flight game in the North Devon Holiday Homes Cricket League produced a thrilling encounter at The Seafront, Westward Ho! Visitors Filleigh claimed a five-run win in a game that saw 545 runs and sixteen wickets. Jaz Kalsi (88no), Simon Pridea
THE only top-flight game in the North Devon Holiday Homes Cricket League produced a thrilling encounter at The Seafront, Westward Ho!Visitors Filleigh claimed a five-run win in a game that saw 545 runs and sixteen wickets. Jaz Kalsi (88no), Simon Prideaux (76) and Mark Prideaux (41) were the principle run getters in a total of 275-7. Chris Luxton (3-39) and Josh King (2-64) were wicket takers for Bideford who then took on the run chase. Matt Allin (71), Jack Hockin (66) and Dan Bowser (62no) took them to the brink and at the start of the final over, 15 runs were needed. Fraser James had the dubious task of sending down the final over for Filleigh, but he held his nerve and his side claimed a five-run win.Bratton Fleming beat promotion-chasing Hatherleigh in Division Two. Jason Smith (3-35), Paul Jellicoe (2-8) and Matt Hunt (2-19) were among the wickets as Hatherleigh were bundled out for 100 with only Shane Dilling (35) making much impression. The home side then lost six wickets in the run chase in which James Tap (24no) and Ted Cummings (19) were the top run getters. Rob Fishleigh had a four-wicket haul for the visitors. It's all change in Division Three with the teams at the top and bottom being removed from their respective berths. Holsworthy knocked Incorrigibles off top spot, dishing out a 48 run defeat. The result was all the more remarkable as they managed it without their three "front line" bowlers. Keith and Steve Drew together with Duncan Edwards were all missing and so the side turned to the club's younger generation, three 15-year-olds serving up special efforts to play key roles. Matt Williams (39) and John Tidball (38) scored the top order runs but it was the last pair of 15-year-olds, Ryan Walter (33no) and Lee Clarke (17no), who put on an unbroken 47 for the final wicket to take the score past the 200 mark. Facing the home total of 204-9, the morning leaders never got going with the bat and were eventually bowled out for 156. James Long was the chief wicket taker with 4-27 while another 15-year-old, Andrew Butler, sent down nine overs and took 2-29. Morebath are the new leaders after they beat visiting Sandford II by 31 runs. North Devon II began the day in bottom spot but they won for the first time since the opening day of the season and jumped two places in the process after a huge win over struggling Cheriton Fitzpaine. Dan Pickard became the first player in the section to hit two centuries this season; he top scored with 138 as he and Tom Stanton (58) put on 164 for the first wicket. Jamie Overton chipped in with 40, but the 292-5 was too many for out-of-sorts Cheriton who ended on 151-9 as Ray Clark (2-6) and Andrew White (2-28) claimed wickets.Barnstaple & Pilton lost by five wickets at Shobrooke Park where Brady Saunders (94) and Ross Burbidge (62) were amongst the runs as Barum struck an imposing 255-6. But the hosts continued their fine form with the bat making it home with four overs - and five wickets - to spare. The Division Four schedule saw Victoria Park play twice, and win twice. And with just one win prior to week 15, they are now upwardly mobile in the section. On Saturday, Tim Lane (54no), Steve Skinner (53) and Andy Oliver (40) led the side to 188-4. The six-wicket win came after Colin Bettis (4-15) and John Glass (3-37) had combined to bowl out hosts Newton Tracey for 187, an innings dominated by Bill Sobey's 81.Then, 24-hours later, Will Anderson (47), Lane (32) and Dave Gordon (32) led the side to 213-7 that proved beyond Bideford II who were bowled out for 150 despite a fine 64 from Kevin Fishleigh. Gordon (2-34) and Mike Harris (2-26) were amongst the wicket takers.North Devon III were involved in final ball drama form the second successive game and once again they held their nerve to win. A fortnight after claiming a single wicket win with runs off the final delivery to beat Lynton & Lynmouth, they prevailed at Kelseymen who needed just four to win off the last delivery. But the Braunton men got nothing and so the Instow side claimed a three run win. Craig Overton (67) and Dan Elston (40) - together with 42 extras - helped take the visitors to 203. Martin Lewis (3-32) and Chris Brigden (3-47) took wickets for the Braunton side who then, through the efforts of Dominic Bracher, got so close to forcing a win. Bracher was simply magnificent stroking his way to a faultless 135, but with only Lewis (28no) able to give any real support, it all proved too much. Max Curtis (3-52), Craig Overton (2-25) and Jack Gordon (2-23) took wickets for North Devon II.Bude march on, since an opening day defeat it is now a straight eight wins, the latest being by three wickets at Lynton & Lynmouth II. Jay Ambrey claimed a "fivefer" as the home side were bowled out for 186 with Nick Constable (33no) and Lloyd Ali (32) the biggest contributors.At 122-9 the home innings was set to fold but then Constable and Jeff Turner got going and added 64 for the final wicket. Sam Hockin (47no) led the Bude run chase, while Constable completed a fine all-round effort with 4-16.In Division Five, promotion-seeking Weare Giffard had a seven-wicket win at Barnstaple & Pilton where the home side were bowled out for just 74. Will Speed (21) and 28 extras made up the bulk of the Barum total, James Whitram took a "fivefer" with figures of 5-14 and Charlie Williams claimed 4-15. Ian Jury then top scored with 20 to lead his side to victory, while Matt Clarke bagged a brace for the losers.Filleigh III enjoyed their visit to Nomansland, winning by 99 runs. Mogford (55no) and Ian Davies (45) combined to help the visiting side to 221-5, and then Wakeley's 5-21 saw the hosts ten men bowled out for 122.