THERE is no change at the top of the North Devon Holiday Homes Cricket League first division as leaders North Devon claimed a nine-wicket win at Instow. Visitors Lynton & Lynmouth were shot out for just 111 with Matt Dart (4-25) and Jason Hayes (3-33), do
THERE is no change at the top of the North Devon Holiday Homes Cricket League first division as leaders North Devon claimed a nine-wicket win at Instow.Visitors Lynton & Lynmouth were shot out for just 111 with Matt Dart (4-25) and Jason Hayes (3-33), doing the damage. James Hunt provided the top score for the away side who managed to claim just one wicket as the table-topping hosts won at a canter. They took just 21 overs to seal the win thanks to an unbeaten 51 from Dan Pickard and 39 from Warren Miller. Beaford were well beaten at Bradninch, although there was a moment in the game when a surprise looked possible. After Mark Lake (62) and Ali McMillan (32) had battled to help their side to 171, the home side were in a spot of bother on 50-3. But then Devon Under 21 bat Dan Hardy and Aussie all rounder Adrian Ezquerro combined to stroke the ball to all parts of the ground and the Mid Devon side breezed to a seven-wicket win. Alan James, McMillan and Lake each claimed a wicket for Beaford.In Division Two, Victoria Park won by nine wickets at struggling Ilfracombe. The hosts batted first but aside from Dan Brierley (21) and Ryan Woodger (19), no one else could stick around as Paul Tuson claimed a "fivefer". Tuson finished with figures of 5-10 as Ilfracombe were bundled out for just 99 and then, after Brierley had taken the wicket of Colin Bettis (28), John Glass (42) and Adam Oliver (22no) saw Park to a comfortable victory. Filleigh II beat visiting Barnstaple & Pilton by 65 runs. Matt Williamson (38), Frazer James (33) and Baljit Kalsi (30) led the side to 185-9, while Brady Saunders claimed 3-33 for Barum who replied with 120. Only Mike Paine (39) and George McEndoo (36) could muster any real runs and the innings imploded from 65 without loss to its conclusion of 120. James Hill took 4-27 while Mike Prideaux returned the exceptional figures of 3-9 from eight overs. James Ford dominated the game between Westleigh and Hatherleigh that produced a surprise result. Prior to the game it was Hatherleigh who had looked the more likely given their part in the promotion push while Westleigh are engaged in the battle to stay up. Ford top scored with 73 as he, Lee Merrick (49) and Mark Cann (43) took the side to 239-8. Richard Tidball was the pick of the visitors' bowling with 3-57, but in the reply only Simon Gillespie put bat to ball with any real resolution. He hit 41 while Ford reigned supreme with the ball, taking 5-30.In Division Three, Bratton Fleming II were beaten by visiting Barnstaple & Pilton II who batted first, scored 192-7 and then bowled the hosts out for 158. Matthew Down (48) and Stephen Wheatley (33), together with Graham Elnaugh (49) provided the Barum runs. Steve Ayre took 3-31 and Ollie Hunt bagged a brace of wickets but then Elnaugh (4-22) had the hosts in all sorts of trouble. Graham Barrow (34) and home skipper Steve Ayre (28) managed to get runs for the hosts. Holsworthy brushed aside struggling Cheriton Fitzpaine, dishing out a nine-wicket defeat. The Cherries could only muster ten men for the trip and all they could manage between them was 106 as Steve Drew (3-30), Duncan Edwards (2-57) and 15-year-old left arm off spinner Andrew Butler (2-8) grabbed wickets. Then, after Matt Williams (31) went, James Long hit an unbeaten 45 and Drew completed a fine all-round effort with 22 to see victory achieved.In Division Four, Bude were given a mighty shock at Kelseymen where they went down by six wickets in a high scoring affair. The morning leaders struck an imposing 270-5 led by Andy De Rosa (88no), Warren Rumble (63) and Sean Parrish (42). Robbie Elliott and Chris McClellan both bagged braces and Chris Brigden also picked up a wicket for the Braunton side who took on, and succeeded, in the run chase, led home by John Higgs' wonderful unbeaten 102. Other runs came from Tom Mitchum (50), Mark Johnston (43) and Paul Jaggers (41), while Gary Brooks chipped in with an invaluable 26 at the death. The win means that in the space of two weekends Kelseymen have toppled both the sides that - at the start of the day - led the table. Shebbear might have surprisingly lost their unbeaten record and indeed the leadership of the division a week ago, but they were in no mood to see that repeated this time out a they chalked up a whopping 324-6 at Lynton & Lynmouth II before bowling the hosts out for 134. Martin Bray (94) and Mike Firber (77) led the batting spree and then, despite fine knocks from Chris McKee (48) and Dave Crossland (44), the home side were bundled out with Ollie Wicket (4-14), Jeremy Brock (3-42) and that man Firber (2-14) among the wickets. Fergus Bradbeer (45), Peter Stevens (31), John Weeks (28no), Darren Hart (24) and Josh King (23) all made contributions to help Bideford II to a close of 227-9 and then Martin Stewart took 3-41 as Bishops Nympton were bowled out for 162 despite a battling 62 from debutant Josh Gifford. Craig Overton showed real class for North Devon III as he hit an unbeaten 114 and, together with Max Curtis (51no), led his side to a ten-wicket win at Victoria Park II. The Instow side closed on 172-0 in answer to Park's 171-7 in which Mike Harris (30) and Matt Dennis (23) had provided the top scores.In Division Five, Weare Giffard kept up their form for the top honour with a 110-run win over Filleigh III. Ian Jury (65) and Scott Huxtable (47) together with Jay Wittram (46) combined to see their side to 250. Wittram then bagged a "fivefer" to help bowl the visitors out for 140. Guy Loosemore (90) and Matt Geen (48) were the main contributors in North Molton's 250 at home to Black Torrington for whom Robert Gibb bowled excellent line and length to return figures of 3-32. Ryan Davis cracked a magnificent 101, but with Rob Ayre claiming 3-12 in half-a-dozen overs, the Black Torrington reply closed on 209. Barnstaple & Pilton won their game at Nomansland that was played on the Saturday of week 17. Robert Young - a fire fighter who rarely gets time to turn out for Barum - answered the call and promptly stoked his way to a century. Young's 106 and a half-century from Chris Newton saw Barum to 265-8 before they bowled the hosts out for 159 to claim the points.