It's not over yet says Hatherleigh captain Lake after heavy loss
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Hatherleigh skipper Mark Lake has insisted it is not all over yet for his relegation-haunted side despite a 104-run drubbing by Premier leaders Heathcoat.
The survival maths does not look promising for bottom side Hatherleigh as they need four more points per game than Cornwood, and Exmouth to get out of the bottom two.
Lake is not about to run up the white flag just yet.
“There is still time to turn it around,” said Lake. "The teams in the bottom half still have to play again so there is a chance, but it's a slim one at the moment.
“Heathcoat was always going to be tough and they showed their class with both bat and ball.”
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Liam Lewis stroked an unbeaten 80 – just two fours and four sixes out of 101 balls faced – in a Heathcoat total of 226 for eight.
Newcomer Tom Hatton took wickets at the top of the innings and Jack Menheneott got stuck into the rest as Hatherleigh were dismissed for 122 with more than 11 overs unbowled.
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Tom Strawbridge (2-21) and Gareth Tidball (2-34) took the bowling honours for Hatherleigh.
Hatherleigh’s top four all got in, got settled and then got out without passing 20, mostly to Hatton (4-25). It all went wrong in the time it took the visitors to slide from 76 for three to 89 for eight as Menheneott (5-44) got busy.
Strawbridge resisted long enough to make 26 and take Heathcoat to a second batting bonus point.
Hatherleigh 2nd XI are teetering on the brink of relegation from the C Division West after crashing to an eight-wicket defeat against visiting Ashburton.
An all out total of 248 in the last of their 45 overs looked respectable in the tea-time scorebook, but that feeling did not last long.
Ashburton’s teenage opener Jake Pascoe stroked 109 to set up the chase, which was finished off with more than seven overs to go.
With six rounds to go Hatherleigh have only won once and are on average points of 6.68 per game. They could conceivably catch second-bottom South Devon (9.13), but getting out of the bottom two by overtaking Teignmouth & Shaldon (10.22) looks unlikely.
Hatherleigh’s frontline batting was in a mess at 44 for five after an early duffing-up from Steve Edmonds (4-11). A stand of 109 between Sam Clarke (84) and Morgan Reynolds (64) got Hatherleigh going and 33 from Tom Carroll boosted the final total.
Ashburton’s Jack Warren (4-46) prospered with the ball at the end of the innings. Lloyd White – one over, 23 runs – fared less well.
Pascoe and White (20) gave Ashes a 51-run start and another 123 went on the board with Ashley Berry (50no) at the other end from the young tyro.
After Pascoe was dismissed for 109 off 92 balls, Dan Coles (45no) partnered Berry in an unbroken stand of 76 to win it.