WITH?rain decimating Sunday s North Devon Cricket League programme Division 1 title chasers Filleigh were lucky to have played on Saturday - but they had a scare at Braunton before emerging with a two wicket win, thanks to a father and son combinati

WITH?rain decimating Sunday's North Devon Cricket League programme Division 1 title chasers Filleigh were lucky to have played on Saturday - but they had a scare at Braunton before emerging with a two wicket win, thanks to a father and son combination.

Braunton were led to a close of 161-7 by Andy Paddison (44) and Brady Saunders (42). Jamie Palmer took 3-4 from nine overs while Jaz Kalsi and John Hickman bagged a brace of wickets each. Kalsi then top scored in the Filleigh reply with 52, but at 119-8 their title bid looked sunk. Young McCauley Harrison-Hooton (28no) was then joined by his father John Harrison (28no) and the pair batted their side to victory, sealing the win at 164-8. Paddison completed a fine all-round effort for the hosts with 2-19.

Cancellation of the Division Two game between Holsworthy and Barnstaple & Pilton game, owing to rain, means Barum need one point from their final game against champions Newton Tracey to secure their status and send Bratton Fleming down with Holsworthy into Division 3 next season.

Beaford's hopes of promotion from Division 2 ended with defeat at Lynton and Lynmouth on Bank Holiday Monday, which left them just .53 points short on average.

That defeat allowed Hatherleigh to edge above them and they will play in the top flight next summer along with champions Newton Tracey.

CURSED RAIN

Shobrooke Park had greater cause to curse the weather than most, for they were denied the chance to strengthen their hold on the second promotion berth in Division 3 when their final engagement against champions Weare Giffard, met a watery grave. Park must now sit and wait to see if North Devon II can win two of their final three games to pip them for promotion.

Sandford II completed their season with a brace of games. They followed their Bank Holiday Monday mauling at the hands of champions Weare Giffard by defeating Barnstaple & Pilton on their own track by 24 runs on Saturday.

On Saturday Pete Whitby top scored with 39 and Simon Ashplant chipped in with 19 as the Creedy Park men were bowled out for just 103. Brothers Jack and Top Popham, James Rowe and George Elnaugh each bagged a brace for Barum, who were then bundled out for just 79 with only Rob Holm making any impression with 20. Simon Ashplant finished with 3-9 and there were also wickets for Ryan Glass (3-40), Oliver Stevenson (2-14) and Sean Hawkins (2-5).

Filleigh II and Westleigh were also left to curse the weather, for had two of the morning's bottom three in Division 3 played, then one of them might have been able to avoid slipping into Division Four. Westleigh have now completed their matches and go down, but it is a three team scrap between Barnstaple & Pilton II, Filleigh II and Bude to see who joins them.

ALL TO PLAY FOR

There is still much to play for in Division 4 as no play in any of the scheduled matches leaves the situation at both the top and bottom of the table still unclear.

North Molton were due to play champions Newton Tracey 11. Victory would have given them the second promotion spot, while defeat would have given promotion to rivals Halberton. As it stands, Halberton remain second and both they and North Molton have one to play.

Both sides are in action next Sunday. A Halberton win at Lynton & Lynmouth II would see them promoted, whatever happens to North Molton at Victoria Park II. But Park have to take seven points from that game to avoid slipping into the basement division.

Division 5 saw the only Sunday action as Nomansland, narrowly beaten the day before by North Devon III, beat visiting Cheriton Fitzpaine by five wickets. The Cherries batted first and were restricted to 148-6. Russell Hilton bagged a brace of wickets for the Witheridge side, whose successful run chase was led by Les Rendell (41) and James Hope (41no).