BIDEFORD skipper James Ford was lost for words after his side went down by 13 runs to visiting Ivybridge.
Bideford appeared to have done the hard bit after dismissing the Bridge for 167 – Chris Luxton bagging four for 28 and Josh Atkinson three for 55.
Toby Borrow (46) was Ivybridge’s main run getter.
Bideford were rattling along nicely until Ford was dismissed at 120 for five, but Marc Bettis was still there and scoring freely.
The turning point was losing Bettis for 48 at 138 for seven.
Paul Veale (5-22) took five in a row as Bideford were bowled out for 154.
Bideford are now four off the bottom of the table and could go lower than that if Ashburton beat them this Saturday to trade places.
NORTH Devon probably haven’t heard the last of their decision to give Glenn Querl a run out in the 2nd XI game against Plympton last Saturday.
Although both 1st XIs were without a game – Plympton were rained off against Braunton, North Devon were flooded off at Budleigh Salterton – there was nothing wrong with conditions at Instow.
North Devon were held to 158 for eight – Dan Vince taking three for 31 – with Querl and Jay Corden joint top scorers on 35.
Querl then took four wickets for 10 runs as Plympton were skittled out for just 26.
That isn’t a record low score for the division – Buckfastleigh’s five all out against Paignton in 1988 will take some beating – but it is the lowest since Plymouth bundled out Exmouth with 24 in 2009.
Querl plays First Class cricket at home in Zimbabwe for Mashonaland, has assisted Somerset 2nd XI this season and is a regular in the Unicorns side which plays the First Class counties in the CB 40 competition.
Nothing in league rules prevents him playing in a 2nd XI game.
Keith Alexander, the chairman of Plympton, thought it was inappropriate for a player of Querl’s standard to appear in the 2nd XI.
“We had difficulty getting a side out and sent a team with a number of 15-16 year olds.
“Glenn Querl is a first class player and he has bowled out our side of youngsters. Where is the benefit to anyone in that?
“I should imagine he (Querl) feels quite embarrassed. We are having a club meeting on Tuesday night and I imagine we will be taking this up with the league as it does not seem right.”
Scott Amos, the North Devon captain, said as Querl was available to play he was selected.
Mark Ansell, the North Devon chairman,, said he was unable to comment as he is currently on holiday in the Outer Hebrides, where ‘communication is rather tricky and intermittent’.
North Devon are at home to Exmouth this Saturday.
Bideford 2nds dip, too
BIDEFORD 2nd XI were also beaten, going down by three wickets at Brixham.
The defeat drops them below Ottery St Mary and into the bottom two.
Alex Crisp and John Weeks both scored half-centuries in Bideford’s total of 186 for nine.
Pick of the Brixham bowlers with five for 46 was M Parsons.
Former 1st XI captain Chris Lanyon (54) led the Brixham run-chase, aided and abetted by Mike Meech (34).
Fred King picked up three for 23 for Bideford, who visit fellow strugglers Alphington this Saturday.
More weather woes
LAST Saturday’s Devon League programme was again hard hit by bad weather.
Braunton, rained off against Plympton, entertain Brixham this Saturday looking to rejoin the A Division promotion race.
Barnstaple’s away game at Dartington was the fifth this season they have lost to bad weather. Skipper Steve Moore will hope for better luck at home to leaders Chudleigh.
Filleigh – washed out against Halberton – are due to visit Honiton.
Other fixtures: Exmouth II v North Devon II, Chudleigh II v Braunton II, Alphington II v Bideford II, Plymouth CSR III v Barnstaple II, North Devon III v Axminster.