Five wins on the bounce transform side’s fortunes, plus all the Devon Cricket League action

NORTH Devon skipper Matt Dart believes his side's transformation from strugglers to contenders will be complete if they beat Exeter at Instow this Saturday.

Five wins on the trot have put North Devon in realistic touching distance of leaders Exmouth.

The latest of those wins was a 143-run verdict over Budleigh at Ottermouth last time out.

Dart stopped short of suggesting a late run for the title, although he might be thinking it.

But a win over Exeter will fuel hopes of being in the mix at the end of August.

"It's five in a row now and we seem to be getting better week after week," said Dart.

"Beating Exeter would certainly make it interesting for us as that would put us right in the leading pack."

North Devon made 263 for seven in their 50 overs, then bowled out Budleigh for 120 in reply.

Glenn Querl's 92 in a stand of 104 with Tom Allin built on the foundations laid by Barney Huxtable (59), Smith (23) and Max Curtis (26).

North Devon removed Dawson four balls into the second over, then followed up with Elliot Rice and Stuart Langridge in a running total of 17 for three.

Matt Westaway (3-43) got Dawson and Rice with Langridge run-out by Curtis after some good work by him in the covers.

James Burke kept going to make a top score of 52, but couldn't find anyone to stay with him longer than Plowman, who made 10 in a stand of 40.

Jason Smith (2-17) got into the middle order, then Dart mopped up the stragglers on his way to figures of two for none.

BRAUNTON were dispatched by 129 runs at Braunton as their relegation worries deepened in the A Division.

It wasn't entirely plain sailing for Paignton, despite making a hefty total of 282 for seven.

Connor Bryan (61) put on 55 with Rob Shergold (15) and 52 with Chris Kelmere (74), who then notched 82 with Richard Ashworth.

Lawrence May, the former Barnstaple all-rounder who moved to Braunton, was the leading bowler with four for 66.

Braunton, scrapping hard to stave off relegation, started positively with Ian Roberts (28) and Tom Mitcham (28) instrumental in getting them to 78 for one.

Kelmere (3-44) and Connor Ashworth (4-31) cut down the Braunton middle order as 105 for three became 113 for six.

Alfie Huxtable resisted, but a second collapse which saw three wickets go for another eight runs contributed to Braunton being all out for 153.

Braunton skipper Ian Roberts said he believed it would have been a different game had his side batted first, not that they helped themselves.

"I would have loved to have won the toss," said Roberts.

"Paignton batted and bowled better than we did, but I was disappointed we didn't get 225.

"There were some really poor shots myself included."

Braunton are 25 points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table and time is not on their side.

Roberts said the players continue to believe they can scramble to safety.

"The games are just getting bigger, but we aren't giving up yet and the boys still believe they can do it," said Roberts.

HATHERLEIGH slipped up by three wickets against visiting Plympton.

Hatherleigh made 235 for eight in their 50 overs built around stands of 61 between Gareth Tidball (31) and Rob Chapman (23) and 71 between Tidball and Jack Cherrington (25).

Danny Forrester kept the runs coming later with a solid 83.

Plympton got home with nearly four overs to go, although they needed a helping hand at the end after getting behind the clock.

Jez Williams (66) and Ross Farrer (52) moved Plympton in the right direction, then Nick Rogers (2-28) and Ryan Davies (3-41) got the brake on.

James Carr (47no) played the match-winning innings Plympton needed to get over the line.

Weighing up where it went wrong, Hatherleigh captain Mark Lake said: "We were probably 30 light with the bat and our fielding display was poor.

"Dropping Williams on single figures was a big miss. If we had taken that I think we would have won comfortably."

BARNSTAPLE & Pilton won by 34 runs at bottom side South Devon to move away from the B Division drop zone.

Barnstaple & Pilton haven't had a great season themselves - as a collapse from 50 for none to 64 for four then 87 for five proved.

Jack Popham made 25 at the front end with identical scores from Steve Moore and Lee Cole lower down.

South Devon were in trouble as soon as they started the chase, slumping to 16 for four as James Thomas (5-41) tore into them.

Beaumont (27) and Dave Knowles (30) resisted during a stand of 50 and Ryan Maunder chipped in with 21.

But no one else delivered with the bat - 38 extras was top score - as Steve Moore (2-12) and Popham (2-20) shot South Devon down for 149.

BIDEFORD'S unbeaten record in the C Division went for a Burton when Ipplepen defeated them by 39 runs at Westward Ho!

Pens made 246 for seven in their 45 overs - Joe Abbott hitting a top score of 54 to speed them on their way.

Bideford were struggling to keep up at 88 for five then 100 for six in reply and despite Alex Crisp's battling 89 fell short at 207 all out.

Bideford still top the table by 31 points from Axminster, who oblige by losing to lowly Clyst St George.

Pens remain third in the table, but are only a point behind Axminster now as the promotion race heats up.

Ipplepen's total was constructed around two key stands of 83 for the second wicket and 77 for the firth.

Jack Lewis (46) and Tom Dyer (30) put on 83 then Sam Wakeham (46) joined Abbott to make 77.

Matt Stewart (2-29) bowled with control while James Ford (3-53) took wickets at the end.

Abbott went on to turn in Man of the Match performance as he took three wickets, including the prized scalp of Bideford skipper Ford in the third over.

Jordi Gilmour hung around to make 52 as the rest of the top order fled. After Paul Thomas (2-28), Jake Peach (3-56) and Abbot had finished with Bideford, the home side were out of it at 103 for eight, or so it seemed.

A stand of 90 for the ninth wicket between Crisp and Stewart (22 fueled hopes of an unlikely comeback, but Peach snared Stewart and Wakeham cleared up Crisp in the penultimate over.

FILLEIGH put up a brave fight at Ashburton but could not avoid going down by eight runs.

Kevin Nicholls (42) and Kris Connabeer (18) got off to a flyer, with Chris Pascoe (47) pushing the score along to 57-1 after 10 overs.

Martin Brice (2-26) and Mike Prideaux (3-52) took the pace off then James Marsh (3-50) gave the middle order trouble and Ashburton slumped to 159-8.

Ashley Berry (57no) and Matt Coon (23no) mounted a counter attack, smashing 73 in less than seven overs to finish the innings on 232-8.

Filleigh did their best to keep up with the rate mainly thanks to a monumental effort from Kevin Toze who sweated for 67 in 150 minutes.

Connabeer (2-29) and Coon (3-46) aided by Matt Churchill (2-49) kept the lid on Filleigh.