NORTH Devon left Budleigh Salterton still searching for their first win of the season after chasing down 203 to win with more than three overs and seven wickets to spare.

Budleigh made 202 for eight in a game restricted to 48 overs each – Dickie Arnold top scoring with a rapid 43, putting the ball into the thatch of the North Devon clubhouse on four occasions.

Jason Smith hit 59 at the top of the order and he and Barney Huxtable (37) put on 90. After Smith, Huxtable and Max Curtis fell reaching 125 the chase was taken on by Dan Bowser (36no)and Rob Gear (38no).

Having taken a pasting at Plymouth seven days earlier, North Devon needed a result to kickstart their season.

“A fantastic result for us – just what we needed to get started,” said skipper Matt Dart.

“Max Curtis (1-19) and Rob Gear (2-40) bowled superbly around the wicket, making Budleigh hit into the wind, something that is vital at Instow to restrict runs. Paul Heard and Jason Smith (2-23) bowled tightly in the power plays and Budleigh were always 50-60 runs short of par.

“The batting went well with Jason stepping up to open as Jas Kalsi has a hand injury. Barney looked a class act and with Geary going in at five it’s a handy order.”

North Devon go to Exeter this Saturday.

Second defeat

BRAUNTON lost for the second game running, this time by five wickets to visiting Paignton.

There were three wickets each for George Benton and George Yates as Braunton recovered from 49 for five to make 160 for nine – ex-captain Jon Baglow top scoring with 43.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Paignton. They were 20 for four and 74 for five in reply before Chris Kelmere (61no) and Benton (32no) knocked off the last 95 without further mishap.

Braunton are at home to Brixham this Saturday.

One that got away

HATHERLEIGH went down by five wickets at Plympton in their second A-Division outing

Andy Walter cracked 66 and Wessel Hartslief hit a brisk 80 as Plympton knocked off 208 to win.

Jack Cherrington top scored for Hatherleigh with 80, putting on 70 for the fourth wicket with Andy Collier (29) after Gareth Tidball had been and gone for 22. Ryan Davies finished on 32 not out in Hatherleigh’s total of 207 for six.

The wickets were shared around, with Pavi Mawalgi (3-27) the pick of Plympton’s bowlers.

Plympton were never in any real trouble knocking off the runs. Walter and Hartslief’s stand of 105 for the fourth wicket ended the game as a contest.

For Hatherleigh skipper Mark Lake it was one that got away.

“We posted a decent score after being put in on a damp wicket and we looked to have the game under control when they needed 100 off the final 13 overs,” he said. “With some luck and a couple of missed chances, the game was taken away from us by their overseas player The points don’t really reflect how close the game was.”

Barum bounce back

BARNSTAPLE bounced back from their opening day defeat at Tavistock with a three-wicket win over South Devon.

Tavistock set them 169 to win, Ali Wright (41) and Richard Beamont (38) the main South Devon scorers.

B&P made it with three wickets to spare, despite being 24 for four at one stage.

Jack Popham had a good game for B&P, taking three for 44 and following up with 36 on the chase. James Thomas (25) and Lee Cole (22) were the supporting acts.

Barnstaple are at home to winless Stoke Gabriel this Saturday.

Overs to spare

BIDEFORD chased down 192 to win with more than eight overs to spare at Ipplepen.

Matt Nicholls hit a top score of 43 for the Pens, whose total of 191 for six always looked on the light side.

Nicholls was fourth out at 72 – one of three scalps for Paul Shepherd – and after he went Adam Peters (29) and Matt Quartley scored the bulk of the runs. Quartley nailed 37 not out from 29 balls with five fours and two sixes.

Fred King (0-19), J Atkinson (1-22) and James Ford (1-32) all bowled tight spells for Bideford.

Bideford raced to 150 without loss inside 30 overs as Josh Ford (72) and Matt Allin (79no) blazed away.

Sam Wakeham, one of eight bowlers used by Ipplepen skipper Keith Wakeham, trapped Ford lbw. But James Gilmour (17no) helped Allin knock off the rest.

Bideford are away to Plymouth CSR this Saturday.

Second X1 scoreboard

Chudleigh 202-5 (M Heather 49no, P Winsor-Horn 43, G Wilson 33, W Heather 20; D Smale 3-28), North Devon 51 (P Blyth 21; M Ball 6-27, G Wilson 2-20), Chudleigh (20pts) bt North Devon (2) by 151 runs.

Hatherleigh 228-9 (M Jones 72, S Forrester 21, R D Tidball 40, M Brock 58), Bradninch 207-7 (B Jones 48, C Carter 54, R Acton 68; M Brock 2-41). Hatherleigh (20pts) bt Bradninch (9) by 19 runs.

Braunton 119 (G Osborne 23; M Gibbs 3-6, D Milligan 2-44), Tavistock 121-2 (J Kaminski 56no, R Milligan 22no). Tavistock (20pts) bt Braunton (2) by 8 wkts.

Bideford 2nd XI 249-2 (C Luxton 72no, R Hill 63; G Drew 2-29), Barnstaple and Pilton 2nd XI 250-2 (M Clarke 157no, R Wilkins 44; M Lemmings 1-38). Barnstaple and Pilton (16pts) bt Bideford (6) by 8 wkts.

North Devon 3rds 133 (Alli Kelly 34, D. Northridge 27, R. Dart 28no; F. Harding 6-9) Halberton & SP 135-2 (L.Hooper 71, D.Partridge 25no, C. Cole 24no). Halberton & SP (20pts) bt North Devon 3rds (3pts) by 8 wkts.