This week’s Tolchards Devon Cricket League round-up.

Division A

Hatherleigh eased their relegation fears with an unexpected 141-run win at Budleigh Salterton in Division A.

Budleigh were second from top going into the game – and Hatherleigh third from bottom – so the outcome was a surprise.

Opener Matt Thomas carried his bat for 162 – his second league ton of the season – as Hatherleigh amassed 273 for six.

Danny Forrester made 36 and Charlie Nielson 27 having been called up late from the second XI.

Budleigh were all out for 132 in reply, no one making more than youngster Ben Phillips (39).

“It was our most complete performance of the season, led by one of the best hundreds I’ve seen,” said Hatherleigh captain Mark Lake.

“We put real pressure on with the ball, they couldn’t get away and wickets came.

“Hopefully this sets us up now for the rest of the season.”

Hatherleigh reach the halfway stage of the season on Saturday with a home game against Lewdown.

Division B

Michael Lemmings conjured up a six-wicket haul as Bideford snatched a 20-run win at Dartington & Totnes.

The signs didn’t look too good for Bideford when D&T were 104 for two chasing 164 to win.

Lemmings made a big breakthough by trapping opener Harold Stevenson lbw for 22, ending a stand of 94 with Ed Verrall.

Verrall was next to go for 75 – bowled by Lemmings – and from then on the rot set in.

Lemmings went on to take six for 23 from nine overs as Darts collapsed to 143 all out.

On a depressing day for D&T, skipper Stevenson and Verrall were the only batsmen to reach double figures.

Bideford were indebted to skipper Paul Heard for a top score of 46 in their total of 163 all out.

“We were inserted on a slow, low one which was hard to score on early in your innings,” said Heard.

“Once I was in I found the boundary a few times, then we had a collapse at the end with some brainless batting and were about 40 runs shy of what we should have had.”

Modest partnerships were the order of the day for Bideford, who struggled against D&T spinners Chris Cook (4-21) and Harry Baxendale (31).

Lemmings (13) and Ji Eccles (12) helped add 28 for the last five wickets, which proved the difference between winning and losing a close game.

“A good win from a below-par performance by most I would say,” said Heard.

“When Michael Lemmings came on he changed the game.

“Both sides were aided by lbw decisions but we managed to keep putting pressure on incoming batsmen and got over the line.

“It was good to get some momentum into a big game this Saturday against Ivybridge.”

Elsewhere, A 77-run defeat at Tavistock has left Braunton teetering over the B Division drop zone.

Opener Dave Ball batted from start to finish either side of a rain break for an unbeaten 110 to take Tavistock to 224 for seven.

Alfie Huxtable (2-23) and Joe Barnes (2-29) were the pick of the Braunton bowlers.

Braunton lacked an anchorman in Ball’s mode and were all out for 147 in reply.

Dave Cresswell (33), Rob Collier (30) and former Devon left-hander Neil Bettis (24), all got in, got set and got out without going on.

Braunton were 136 for four on the chase – and lost their last six wickets for nine runs.

Ball helped Braunton on their way with a couple of wickets, but the bowling star was Chris Bray with four for 21.

Braunton are hovering one place above the relegation places thanks to a 13-point cushion.

Skipper Jon Baglow said the damage was done in the first 15 overs of the Tavistock innings.

“We lost it in the first 15 overs,” said Baglow. “We had no consistency and they got away from us.

“After the rain break we pulled it back a little. The wicket died a bit after tea so chasing over 200 was always going to be difficult.”

Division C East

Filleigh edged out Barnstaple and Pilton by just four runs in a nail-gnawing North Devon derby in the C Division East.

Barnstaple must have fancied their prospects after dismissing Filleigh for 122 – Henry McEndoo taking four for 31 and brother George (3-4) mopping up the stragglers.

Filleigh started well enough with Ryan Bowden (20) and Mark Prideaux (37) knocking up 59 for the first wicket and were well-placed at 84 for two.

Then it all went wrong. McAuley Harrison-Hooton (19) watched from one end as four wickets went for 20 runs as Henry McEndoo got stuck in.

James Campbell’s departure for 14 was the beginning of the end as the last three wickets went for one run.

Barnstaple lost three wickets for 29 as Jon Hickman (4-22) posed early problems, but got to 104 for five thanks to Jack Moore (23), Lee Cole (11) and Steve Moore (18).

But then the innings fell apart as Kieron Jerrett came back for a second spell to take three wickets and, with a couple of run-outs thrown in, the visitors were all out for 118.