Hatherleigh captain Lake cannot hide frustrations following loss
- Credit: Mark Lockett
Hatherleigh captain Mark Lake could not hide his frustrations after getting into a winning position against Paignton – then seeing victory snatched away.
Three wickets for Tino Mutombodzi, and two each for Lake, Eddie Jones and Sean Letheren, all contrived to dismiss title-chasing Paignton for 136.
Luke Medlock top scored for Paignton with 31 and there were chip-ins from Harry Ward (27) and Sehan Weerasinghe (20).
Paignton’s last four wickets went for just 13 runs scored as Lake and Mutombodzi spun away.
Hatherleigh found themselves four for two at the start but recovered while Mutombodzi (28) and Gareth Tidball (31) went about the business of accumulating a few runs.
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A stand between Tidball and Paul Heard had reached 40 when the former got out, which left Hatherleigh 113 for seven with all the time in the world to make the 24 runs needed to win.
Two run-outs – Niall Leahy, then Heard for 22 – changed the destiny of the game and Hatherleigh subsided to 123 all out and a 13-run defeat.
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It was Hatherleigh’s chance to clamber out of the bottom two, not that skipper Lake needed anyone to tell him that.
“It was a game we completely chucked away,” said Lake.
“We bowled exceptionally well on a wicket which did offer a lot of help to the bowlers.
“At 113 for five we should have walked it home, but some stupid mistakes cost us dear and we cannot afford to be doing that.
“I will be looking towards our experienced players to put that right on Saturday when we play Sidmouth.”
George Benton, the Paignton captain, saw the game from a different perspective.
“In my eyes Hatherleigh crumbled and could not handle the pressure we piled on them,” said Benton. “I backed the lads to show some courage and they did exactly that.”
*Plymstock tossed the formbook out of the window to beat visiting Bideford by five runs in a rain-affected game.
Jason Williams made 58 for bottom side Plymstock, who were all out for 180 in the 44th over.
After seven overs were lost to rain the run-rate calculation left promotion hopefuls Bideford 38 overs to score 153.
In a nail-gnawing finish Bideford got down to the last two overs needing 13 to win with three wickets in hand. But Billy Gibson took two of those wickets for six runs scored in the first over and Rob Cunningham wrapped things up with three balls to go.
Williams had support from Scott Mansfield (30) and skipper Nicholls (18) getting Plymstock up to 135 for four. Bits and pieces from Gibson (10) and Max Thomas (11) helped in a low-scoring game.
Ben Gifford and James Ford took three wickets each for Bideford.
Opener Tom Brend dug in for 67 on the chase that took Bideford to 135 for six in reply. Tom Mitch (3-34) stopped Bideford running away with the reply.
Gibson (3-40) accounted for Brend and with him out of the way the visitors’ task became that much tougher.
Shobrooke Park pulled out of a C East game at Braunton due to a positive Cover-19 Test at their club.
*Barnstaple & Pilton won by five wickets against Kentisbeare to move off the bottom of the D East table and put Kents there in their place.
Harvey Sanders (45) and Scott Chappell (39) got Kents up to 66 for two and at 165 for four with Cameron Dennis on the way to 48, they seemed well-placed.
But a wicket-taking burst from Joe Hastie (5-30) tore the heart out of Kents’ middle and lower order as they subsided to 191 all out.
Kentisbeare only had 10 men to bat as one of their players failed to show up, which irritated their captain Tom Martin.
"If we do want to stay in this division then we're certainly making it hard for ourselves,” said Martin.
Barnstaple & Pilton’s top three of James Roe (31), James Poole (70) and Rob Holm (21) made a big hole in the target.
Dennis (2-14) and Peter Kittow (2-42) sparked a mini-collapse from 136 for one to 144 for five, but Matt Clarke (21no) and Hastie (20no) saw the chase to it’s conclusion with nine balls to spare.
Two wins on the spin and 38 points out of 40 are a step in the right direction for B&P skipper Lee Cole, but no more than that.
“It's given us a bit of hope but we aren't getting too carried away with it as there is still plenty of cricket to be played,” said Cole, whose team needs 11 more points to get out of the bottom two.
Looking back at the win over Kentisbeare, Cole said: “We did our best to keep them down to 192 with Joe Hastie bowling well to take five wickets. Matt Clarke and Joe batted well to take us over the line.”