MATT Nobes slammed a farewell century for North Devon against Bradninch in his last Devon League game before returning to Australia. Nobes stroked 17 fours and two sixes on his way to 121. He reached his ton off 99 balls and went on to reach 121 before Ga

MATT Nobes slammed a farewell century for North Devon against Bradninch in his last Devon League game before returning to Australia.

Nobes stroked 17 fours and two sixes on his way to 121. He reached his ton off 99 balls and went on to reach 121 before Gary Chappell (3-30) got him out at 176 for two. Dan Bowser (29) made the only other significant contribution in the top half of the order.

North Devon's chances of winning went with Nobes as they slumped from 176 for two to 182 for six.

They went safety first to the draw and finished on 214-8 in reply to Bradninch's total of 243 for nine.

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BRAUNTON'S season ended in another batting disaster as they crashed to a 127-run defeat against Bovey Tracey.

Bovey's batters had a hit-and-miss sort of day as they stop-started their way to 199 for nine in 50 overs.

A running total of 46 for four wasn't that impressive as Bovey struggled against Alex Hodges (3-30) and Jon Baglow (3-49).

The final total may have looked a little on the light side, but Bovey knew they had more than enough after reducing Braunton to 39 for four in reply.

Opener James Windsor (34) top scored before he was run out having been sent back by Paddison, who declined a second.

Sam Wyatt-Haines then ripped out the middle order in his way to figures of four for 21.

Braunton lost their last six wickets for just 13 runs as they slid to 72 all out on their way back to the A Division after a year away.

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BIDEFORD failed to dodge the relegation reaper despite a 187-run win over nine-man Cockington.

The game was billed as the relegation cruncher as either side had a chance of staying up if they won and Clyst St George lost.

Victory had a hollow ring to it for Bideford as Clyst won anyway - surprisingly overturning champions Shobrooke Park - which sent them down with Cockington.

Bideford totted up 266 for nine in 46 overs, led by James Ford (69).

Ford and Matt Allin (25) put on 65 for the first wicket with Chris Luxton (38no) and Ian Hayter (35no) topping up the total with 60 for the eighth wicket.

Cockington were out of it before they began as three wickets fell on seven as they slewed to 34 five in reply. Peter Needham made 40, but there wasn't much from the rest as Cockington were all out for 79.

Josh King (3-23) led the wicket-taking effort, aided and abetted by Luxton and Stewart with two each.

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BARNSTAPLE & Pilton lost a low-scoring affair against visiting Chudleigh by six wickets.

Barnstaple were skittled out for a meagre 51, largely by Graeme Willson (5-17) and Jan Bothma (4-26).

Wilson got Mike Paine out with the first ball of the match and a sorry collection of golden duckers included Ed Yeo and George McEndoo. After Yeo followed Paine in and out, Wilson was on a hat-trick!.

Mark Metters made 25 not out, but B&P were well short of a defendable total and both sides knew it.

Yeo (2-22) and Steve Moore (2-20) delayed the inevitable until 4.30.

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HATHERLEIGH defeated C Division promotion rivals Clyst Hydon by 40 runs but still missed out on going up.

While Thoverton were home and dry before the final round of fixtures, it was wide open behind them for second place between Hatherleigh, Clyst Hydon and Dartington & Totnes.

Although Hatherleigh defeated Clyst Hydon they missed out on promotion to D&T, whose whopping 173-run win over Ivybridge earned them second place.

Hatherleigh were limited to 149 for seven in 46 overs - Luke Reynolds top scoring on 27 .

Graham Trude made 45 as Clyst reached 100 -5 in reply and looked set to go on to win the game, but were all out nine runs later, having been skittled out by Nick Rogers, who took 5-9 in 23 deliveries.

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NORTH Devon 3rd XIs promotion from the E Division East was settled by 93-run win over visiting Upottery.

Tom Ancell hit a top score of 40 in North Devon's total of 157 for five and clansman Matt Ansell weighed in with 30.

When Upottery batted they ran into all sorts of trouble against Luke Ansell, whose four wickets in one over helped skittle them out for 64.

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BRAUNTON stole the B Division 2nd XI title by beating leaders Chudleigh on the last day of the season.

Braunton defeated Chudleigh by two wickets after making hard work of knocking off 114 to win.

Chris Brigden took 5-39 for Braunton who then lost eight wickets on their way to victory.

Wayne Manning made the highest contribution with 35 whilst Matt Ball claimed 4-23 for the hosts.