Zimbabwean all-rounder Querl was the star of the show against Bradninch,

NORTH Devon put two defeats behind them to beat Bradninch by one wicket with Glenn Querl the star of the show.

Zimbabwean all-rounder Querl scored 63 when North Devon batted, helping them knock off 158 to win, having earlier taken eight for 16 to bowl out Bradninch,

Gary Chappell (46) and Paul Tweddle (61) were the only scores of note for Bradninch as Querl ripped through them.

Chappell and Matt Golding with three wickets each gave Bradninch a sniff, but North Devon’s last pair Matt Westaway and Matt Dart got them over the line.

North Devon go to Sandford this Saturday.

Braunton live dangerously

BRAUNTON are living dangerously at the wrong end of the table after going down by 97 runs to Cornwood.

Cornwood’s total of 222 for three was built around a stand of 112 for the first wicket between Chris Parker (45) and Mark Horwell (58).

Mohammad Salman (58no) and Jason Hall (37) topped up the account with a further stand of 68.

Braunton struggled for wickets with Harry Booker taking two for 65.

Braunton collapsed in a heap to 69 for seven under pressure from Salman (4-25), aided and abetted by Mike Wood, Elliot Staddon and Adam Goodliffe with two each.

Mark Mitchell with 47 not out delayed the inevitable, but ran out of partners at 125.

Braunton are 23 points clear of second-bottom Shobrooke with a difficult run in which comprises leaders Exeter this Saturday, Plymstock and third-placed Paignton.

Hatherleigh stay second

HATHERLEIGH stay second in the B Division thanks to a five-wicket win over lowly Dartington & Totnes.

Kalon Veale made a top score of 58 for D&T, who were 88 for six when he got out and 128 for nine at the end of 46 overs.

Mark Lake bagged three for 27 and there were two wickets each for Sean Leatheran and Nick Rogers.

Hugh Romans struck an unbeaten 54 and D&T chucked in 36 extras as the visitors won with 11 overs to go.

Hatherleigh captain Mark Lake said the chase was dreary at times, not that he was too concerned.

“It was a hard fought win on a low, slow and dead wicket,” said Lake.

“But it is all about getting the points at this stage of the season.

“As for the last three games, it’s in our own hands to gain promotion.

“Three good, solid wins should hand us back-to-back promotions, but we will be taking it game by game.”

Barnstaple make the chase

ALPHINGTON only had themselves to blame for a two-wicket defeat by Barnstaple & Pilton.

For one thing they only had 10 players as one of the team had to work at short notice. Fighting fires can be like that!

Then, when B&P were 102 for six chasing 157 to win, Alphas dropped Henry McEndoo when he was on two. McEndo went on to make 28 and his stand of 57 with Steve Moore (18no) pretty well won the match.

Alphington must have felt it was them against McEndoo (5-54) and Moore (3-21) alone as they were the main wicket-takers.

Bright spots for Alpinington were runs and wickets for Alvin Pollard – 37 and five for 91 – and 36 from Ben Morris.

Young top scores for Bideford

BIDEFORD beat Chagford by seven wickets to move safely into mid-table.

Chagford weren’t at their best with the bat against Bideford, who bowled them out for 161 with nine overs to go.

Dale Chadwick (39) and Henry Gordon-Lennox (32) took the batting plaudits , such as they were. Bideford’s Jack Hockin took four for 23.

Bideford lost James Ford and Fergus Bradbeer in the 50s, but surviving opener Mike Young carried on to make 71 before Jerry Christophers (2-50) got him out.

Josh King (44no) and Peter Stevens (19no) saw it through from 132 for seven.

Filleigh’s fate in own hands

FILLEIGH are just a dozen points shy of the D Division promotion berths after their visit to Countess Wear.

However, they were held up by the Exeter side’s tail and had to settle for 15 points from a winning draw.

The end result was a disappointment, especially for Mark Prideaux who slammed his second league ton in three matches with an imperious 123, all this after being dropped third ball without a run to his name! The Prideaux good fortune enabled him to lead Filleigh to 230-9.

Kav Diaz took 3-47 for Countess Wear who closed on 162-8 with skipper Peter Darke unbeaten on 34 and Carl Downes providing the best of the rest with 25.

Ryan Bowden claimed 2-20 from with overs for Filleigh who have three to play starting with Saturday’s home meeting with another of the promotion hopefuls Feniton.

Filleigh, who have their fate very much in their own hands for their remaining three matches, are against sides also chasing a coveted berth in the C Division next season.

After entertaining Feniton they host Seaton and then finish things off with a final day trip to Plymouth Civil Service and Roborough.