NORTH Devon had a close shave at Bovey Tracey, where they won by 10 runs defending a modest 170 all out and climbed to second in the Premier table. Having been bowled out in the last over by Chris Bradley (6-43), North Devon turned the tables on Bovey. D
NORTH Devon had a close shave at Bovey Tracey, where they won by 10 runs defending a modest 170 all out and climbed to second in the Premier table.Having been bowled out in the last over by Chris Bradley (6-43), North Devon turned the tables on Bovey. Dan Bowser (2-3), spinner Jason Hayes (3-47) and Matt Westaway (2-17) all had a slice of the action as Bovey slipped from 100 for three to 108 for five on to 153 for six with half a dozen overs left and 160 all out.North Devon captain Rob Ayre felt the scoreline said it all: the game could have gone either way."The wicket was slow and low and set the tone for the game as runs were hard to come by for both sides," said Ayre."Both teams knew they had been in a fight when they came off and we were lucky enough to be the ones who came out on top,"Most people would have expected Bovey to win when they were 153 for six and it was a good position to be in."Our bowlers stayed focussed and I think our know-how about winning tight games helped. Two years ago, when we won the title, it was winning tight games that did it for us. I think we still have a bit of that belief."North Devon entertain Exeter on Saturday.l TABLE-topping Braunton made it four wins on the bounce in the A Division when they thumped lowly Chudleigh by seven wickets.Braunton do what they do best - bog sides down with their bowling - as Chudleigh laboured to 178 all out in the last of their 50 overs.Chudleigh started brightly enough with Ed Hunt (42) and Andy Bell (33) putting on 77 for the second wicket after Derek Perry fell to Jon Baglow for seven.After Hunt and Bell were parted Chudleigh went into a steady decline to 120 for five as Mark Lathwell and Andy Paddison nagged away at them.Paddison didn't take a wicket in his 15 overs of mixed-bag spinners, but only went for 38 runs.Lathwell bowled 15 on the bounce to finish with five for 24. Skipper Baglow came back for a second spell and took three for 18 in it to finish with four for 51.Braunton raced to victory with more than 20 overs to spare on the back of an unbeaten 98 from man of the match Lathwell. Out along the way to victory were James Windsor (29) and Paddison (20).Braunton have a top-of-the-table date with Paignton at Kelsey this Saturday.