This week’s Tolchards Devon Cricket League round-up
Hatherleigh took a huge step towards A Division safety, defeating Budleigh Salterton by 80 runs.
Budleigh had held Hatherleigh to 156 for seven in their 50 overs.
Skipper Mark Lake top scored for the home side with 27 after Matt Thomas (24), Gareth Tidball (24) and Chris Jelley (20) had been and gone.
Budleigh reached 32 for two without too many mishaps.
Losing Max Waller (24) lbw to Lake (2-23) was the start of Budleigh’s demise.
Ben Phillips went to Fishleigh in the next over, then surviving opener Eliot Rice departed to Lake for 23.
With the front four gone for 46 on the board it was downhill all the way to 76 all out.
Thomas (3-16) took care of the middle order then Jack Cherrington (3-4) finished off.
Victory kept Hatherleigh clear of the bottom two, although the 11-point margin leaves them in limbo.
A win at Lewdown this Saturday will ensure safety.
Bideford go to Ivybridge on Saturday for a promotion decider that promises to be a real tense affair.
Long-time leaders Ivybridge were top of the shop until last Saturday when they lost a low-scoring match with Plymstock.
The gap between Ivybridge and Bideford is 13 points – an awkward figure for both sides.
Bideford could win and not go up if Ivybridge collect eight or more points. That would be hard to take for Paul Heard’s side.
“It is going to be a massive game, but we are confident we can get a win,” said Heard.
“Of course it will be difficult to control the game when they need eight points.
“But the pressure is on them and we will do our best.”
Bideford could not have done any more than they did against Dartington & Totnes last Saturday, beating the 10-man visitors by eight wickets to scoop all 20 points.
Darts were all out for 129 in the 36th over, with Fred King getting three for eight.
Bideford lost wickets at 64 – James Ford (21) – and 83 when Shepherd was second out for 50 off just 25 balls.
Tom Brend (30no) and Heard (24no) sealed victory in the 20th over.
At the other end of the table, Braunton lost by 11 runs to Tavistock in their penultimate game of the season.
Braunton, resigned to relegation already and a man short for the entire game, held Tavvy to 196 for eight.
A home win seemed on the cards when Braunton were 165 for six with eight overs to go – the wickets started to tumble.
Shaun Daymond finished things off with two for six as Braunton were all out for 185.
Ian Gray (48) and Dave Ball (40) led the run scoring for Tavvy, with some help from James White (35).
Dad and lad Callum (3-25) and Mark Mitchell (3-29) were Braunton’s leading wicket takers.
The Mitchells then led Braunton to 105 for three in reply with 51 and 25 respectively. Dan Brierley weighed in with 38.
Braunton are away to Dartington & Totnes this Saturday.
C Division East
Filleigh took a big stride towards playing B Division cricket next season by beating Barnstaple and Pilton by 142 runs in the North Devon derby.
Victory keeps Filleigh in second place with a game to go, which is against fading promotion hopefuls Cullompton.
Filleigh are in second place on 235 points, chased by Kilmington and Cullompton.
A win over Cully will guarantee Filleigh a place in the promotion play-offs and a date with either Abbotskerswell or Alphington.
Barnstaple dropped back into the bottom two in the wake of the result and have to make up eight points on Countess Wear to be safe.
Justin Saker slammed a top score of 102 for Filleigh in their Raleigh Meadow total of 252.
Saker, now on 761 runs for the season, put on 39 with Ryan Bowden (24), 100 with Macaully Harrison-Hooton (48) and 44 with Harley Ashdown (15).
James Campbell (3-15) reduced Barnstaple to 48 for three on his own before George McEndoo (24) dug in at one end.
Wickets kept falling at the other end as Barnstaple tumbled to 110 all out.