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

A Division

Hatherleigh were the latest side to fall by the wayside against in-form Lewdown, going down by 41 runs to the A Division’s second-placed side.

Lewdown opener Johannes Wessels had a rare failure – he was bowled by Sean Leatheren (3-46) for 17 – but there were runs elsewhere down the order.

Leon Horne made 20 – he and Harry Geering (31) put on 53 for the third wicket – and Billy Searle anchored the middle order with 58 off 72 balls.

Dan Fogerty clipped 30 in even time at the end as Lewdown reached 179 for eight, something of a recovery from 107 for six.

Hatherleigh coughed-up early wickets to Wessels (2-18), Fogerty (3-23) and Nick Smith, whose two for eight off six really slowed them down.

There were outbreaks of run getting by Danny Forrester (20), Chris Jelley (25) and Ryan Davies (27), but no stand in the innings greater than 27.

Searle and Fogerty flushed out the stragglers as Hatherleigh were dismissed for 138.

While Lewdown contemplate a promotion push, Hatherleigh are still stuck at the sharp end of the table.

Losing captain Mark Lake said his side got into a promising position, but couldn’t sustain it.

“We set out to get Wessels early – and we did – and at 106 for seven it looked good.

“But putting down six catches came back to bite us and Billy Searle batted well in the last few overs.

“I must give Lewdown credit they bowled very well and gave us nothing.

“It was poor from us because we got ourselves in a great position and threw it away.”

Hatherleigh are away to Chudleigh this Saturday.

B Division

Bideford closed the gap between them and the top two by beating leaders Ivybridge by seven wickets.

Plymstock are the new leaders on 147 points with Bideford and Ivybridge dead level behind them on 137.

The writing was on the wall as Ivybridge laboured to 26 for three in the tenth over – Paul Heard (2-20) and Jamie Lathwell (2-18) getting among the wickets.

Jeewan De Silva (32) and David Eadie (18) put on 43, but when they were parted by Jason Atkinson the Bridge went into another decline.

Four wickets went for 11 runs added with the returning Kopparambil among them.

A rearguard action from skipper Kelvin Trent (14) and Pete Abraham (128) added 42 for the eighth wicket in an eventual total of 129 all out.

Bideford were under no pressure with a target of three runs an over.

Openers James Ford (44no) and Tom Brend (31) made a 71-run dent in the deficit with Matt Shepherd joining Ford to take Bideford to the brink of victory.

It was a display that pleased skipper Paul Heard on a number of levels.

“Probably our most complete performance so far, especially by the bowlers,” said Heard.

“There were no stand-out performers, although Jamie Lathwell and Josh Atkinson bowled particularly well.

“Our opening batsmen did the bulk of the work, James Ford again seeing us home.

“Fordy has been solid this year, showing his experience is key in our young line-up.”

At the other end of the table, Braunton defeated Dartington and Totnes by four wickets at Kelsey.

The win means Braunton keep a gap between them and the bottom three in the Tolchards B Division.

Darts are winless at the foot of the table and suffered serious issues getting a side out at Braunton.

Of the 10 who travelled were a sizeable proportion of second XI players who were filling gaps in the side. Braunton captain Jon Baglow took four for 18 and Alfie Huxtable three for 18 to bowl Darts out for 109.

Ed Verrall made 17 and skipper James Howrihane 40 after going in at 31 for four.

No one else made more than seven.

Darts didn’t make it easy for Braunton and Howrihane’s four-for-34 haul kept the home side on their toes.

It was a bits-and-pieces performance from the batters that saw Braunton home with Rob Collier (21) the best of them.

Braunton will have much tougher assignments ahead, starting with in-form South Devon at Newton Abbot this Saturday.

Baglow said you can only beat what’s in front of you, adding: “A win is a win and we need every one we can get.”

Braunton travel to South Devon this Saturday.

C Division East

Barnstaple and Pilton are still bottom in the C Division West despite beating visiting Clyst Hydon by 22 runs in a 37-over game.

Brady Saunders (37) and Lee Cole (28) negotiated the twin threats of Zain Ul-Abiddin (3-19) and Dhanuja Haturusingha (4-21) to make 141 for eight.

Clyst Hydon couldn’t construct a stand of more than 26 and that was their downfall.

When Haturusingha (28) fell at 82 for six the end wasn’t far away.

George McEndoo (5-25) spun his way through the bottom half of the order as Hydon were bowled out for 119.

Filleigh are also near the bottom of the C East following a five-wicket defeat at Clyst Hydon.

Harley Ashdown made the top score of 44 for Filleigh in their total of 154 all out.

Ashdown’s fifth-wicket stand of 50 with Simon Prideaux (31) was as good as it got for Filleigh.

Adrian Pullin (4-28) clattered through the Filleigh middle order – four wickets went for one run - and Jacob Dienes (2-15) killed off the tail after brief resistance from James Campbell (14).

Pullin’s early departure to Campbell (2-29) was the only real blip on the Cully chase.

Jason Parr (32) and skipper James Blacknmore (48no) knocked off 48 , leaving Brendon Parr (20) and Jack Grandfield (17) to take Cully to victory with their captain.

Filleigh are at home to Feniton on Saturday, while Barnstaple and Pilton are away to Kilmington.