THE North Devon Holiday Homes Cricket League featured more jug evasion" than jug purchasing" this week as four players were out on 49, while six others made the long walk with scores of between 45 and the half century mark. Is this further evidence of

THE North Devon Holiday Homes Cricket League featured more "jug evasion" than "jug purchasing" this week as four players were out on 49, while six others made the long walk with scores of between 45 and the half century mark. Is this further evidence of the credit crunch biting even harder? Mind you, there were also four centuries scored, two of them coming at Instow where North Devon scored an imposing 326-4 to beat Filleigh by 178 runs and move into second place. Dave Tribe (102) and Stuart Rhodes (158no) had got to within ten runs of setting a new league record for the third wicket partnership when Tribe was dismissed, at which stage the pair had put on 191. Jaz Kalsi (72) scored almost half his side's total offering as Filleigh were bowled out for 148 thanks to three wicket hauls from Jason Hayes and Warren Miller. The defeat was a second successive setback for Flleigh - and in what promises to be a tight run to the title - they can probably only afford to lose one more if they are to maintain an interest in the top honour this term.Sandford, the current leaders, saw off a spirited Beaford side who managed to post a score in excess of 200 for the first time this term.Facing the Mid Devon side's 313-4, the home batsmen made a great fist of the run chase, closing on 277-4 with Geoff Lake (96) and Ali McMillan (60) making the biggest contributions.Newton Tracey have now banished all memory of that dreadful start to the season and are now showing "champion form" as they chalked up a third successive victory at the expense of a Bideford side they beat by four wickets. Matt Allin followed up his previous week's 87 with another half century while Jack Hockin (46) and Will Barrett (45) also chipped in as the home side closed on 239-5. Rob Gear then stroked a superb unbeaten 91 and Graham Moore helped out with 33 as Newton Tracey got home with a couple of overs to spare.Braunton stay top of the second division after a 98-run win at Bratton Fleming where Luke Kerr had a fine all round game. Kerr top scored with 73, helping his side to 241. Colin Langdon took a "fivefer" for the hosts but his batsmen couldn't help his efforts to a win as they were bowled out for 143 despite a half century from Adam Paine. Kerr (3-25) and a fine 7.1 overs from Mark Mitchell (3-6) kept Braunton at the top of the table. Westleigh came within a lusty blow of a second win as they went down at Hatherleigh where the home side's Houston Engel was again their match winner. Engel scored 58 as he and Andrew Bennett (92no) took the home score to 233. Engel then took two wickets as did Josh Stacey, while Sean Forrester went one better with 3-42 and the Westleigh reply closed six runs shy on 227.Ilfracombe fell to a seventh straight defeat, this time beaten by visiting Heathcoat who are up into second place in the table.Victoria Park's John Glass is one of those batsmen who must face tongue-in-cheek observations of "jug evasion" when he ran himself out on 49 as his side cruised to a five-wicket win at home to Filleigh II. Glass and Ian Brown (43) led their side to 146-5 in answer to the visitor's 143. Paul Tuson claimed three more wickets, while both Brown and Mark Bettis bagged a brace.In Division Three, Holsworthy continue to be upwardly mobile. A fourth successive win came at Cheriton Fitzpaine where they restricted the home side to 192-6, Steve Drew claiming 2-40, before hitting an unbeaten 84. Recent signing James Long from Bude scored his first half century for his new team, while there was also another fine innings from Dave Gerry. Gerry began the season in an opening berth but has recently moved into the number four slot where he is certainly proving to be a handy batsmen to have there. He hit an unbeaten 39.Bratton Fleming II went down to a 22-run defeat at Incorrigibles who had their New Zealand all rounder Karl Bremer to thank for a total of 145-9. Only Steven Ayre (18) could make any impression after tea and the reply floundered on 123.Barnstaple & Pilton II continue to sport a 100 per cent record - one of just three remaining across the five divisions of the league. They won a thrilling last ball victory at Morebath. The home side had been restricted to 157-9 thanks to the efforts of George McEndoo (5-53). Then, with the final ball about to be bowled and tail end charlies, Pat McEndoo and Dan Simpson at the crease, one run was needed for a tie and two for an outright win. McEndoo, father of the earlier "fivefer" hero, swung the bat, he and Simpson ran two, and the game was won! Michael Paine had earlier hit 60 to help keep the momentum in the run chase.Shebbear continue to sport a perfect Division Four record. Their latest win came by a ten-wicket margin at home to Victoria Park II who were bowled out for 131 despite Mark Stevens' fine knock of 60. Simon Brock (3-13), his brother Jeremy (3-41) and skipper Andy Bryan (3-4) took the wickets and then openers Richard 'Doc' Hoskins (67) and James Chappell (59) saw the win completed.Bishops Nympton finally won a game, this at the seventh attempt as they won by eight wickets at Kelseymen. Having bowled the home side out for 104, they were 89-2, thanks to first change bowler Mike Gregory who took 5-20. Bishops then lost just two wickets chasing down the win, led by Simon Barnes (33).North Devon III won by five wickets at Lynton & Lynmouth II. John Cranscombe (57) and Chris Hatt (36) saw the hosts to 167. John Wainwright took 5-43 while 13-year-old Tom Ansell took 2-10 before young Ansell hit 28 as he and Tom Stanton (49) put on 89 for the opening wicket. Bob Heaman later hit an unbeaten 38 to see the side past the winning line.Bideford II won at Newton Tracey II thanks to runs from Fergus Bradbeer (57), Alan Widdicombe (55), Alex Woods (49) and Kevin Fishleigh (46) who all contributed to a total of 294-6. Woods then took four wickets, club secretary Paul Argyle two, and there were a couple also for 14-year-old Tom Farnell.Barnstaple & Pilton III were beaten at home by a strong North Molton side who claimed a 50-run victory. Molton's Geen brothers, James and Matt batted together and put on 105 for the fourth wicket, James unbeaten at the close on 108, while Matt was out for 50. There were other decent knocks from Guy Loosemore (46) and Tom Cole (45no) in a total of 279-5. Dave Beer (50) and Will Speed (49) made decent efforts with the bat but the rely ended 50 short on 219-9, James Tapp and Loosemore both bagging braces of wickets for the winners.