TWO triumphant trips to Mid Devon will see the table-topping North Devon crowned the North Devon Holiday Homes Division One champions. The leaders were denied action by a sodden Filleigh pitch at the weekend. But wins against title-contesting Sandford and

TWO triumphant trips to Mid Devon will see the table-topping North Devon crowned the North Devon Holiday Homes Division One champions.The leaders were denied action by a sodden Filleigh pitch at the weekend. But wins against title-contesting Sandford and Bradninch on September 7 and 13 will see the Instow men lift the trophy for the first time since 2001; and for the fifth time in the league's 24-year history.The only top-flight action at the weekend came at Bradninch where Lynton & Lynmouth went down by four wickets. Lynton's Ed Yeo continued his fine form with the bat, hitting his side's top score with 61, but the total of 162 was not enough to stop title-chasing Bradninch who got home with four overs to spare.In the Second Division, Ilfracombe lost at Heathcoat in a low scoring affair where the visitors were shot out for 53 before the home side - who switched their regular batting order - lost half their side chasing down the total.Skipper James Tythcott and James Ford combined to lead Westleigh to a crucial victory in their bid to avoid the drop into the third tier. Indeed their six-wicket win over Filleigh II lifts them out of the bottom two. Bruce Peterson took 4-12 as Filleigh II were bowled out for 102 with only Ross Denning able to make much impression with 30, Ford's 37 and Tythcott (36no), then saw the hosts to a six wicket win. Two more to play for Westleigh, who are at home to Barnstaple & Pilton on Saturday and home to Braunton the week after. Two wins and they will be assured of their second division place next season.Bratton Fleming have slipped into the relegation berths after their game with Barnstaple & Pilton was washed out. For Bratton, the stark reality is that if Westleigh win their last two games, even a win in their final game at Barum on September 13, will not be enough to stop them going down with Ilfracombe.On Bank Holiday Monday, Victoria Park climbed back into one of the two Division Two promotion berths with a comfortable eight-wicket win at Hatherleigh. Batting first, the home side were bowled out for 147 with only Rob Chapman (29) and Richard Tidball (26) making any impression. Paul Tuson took 4-44 for Park who then cruised to an eight-wicket win led home by Walter Anderson's unbeaten 62 and a supporting knock of 37 from Neil Bettis. The game was the final outing for Park this term and they will now have to sit back and wait to see if their final points average of 15.39 will be enough to take them up.North Devon II began the day in some trouble at the foot of Division Three and a visit from the morning leaders, Morebath was not necessarily the fixture they'd have chosen. But play they did and they racked up a superb victory. Tom Stanton top scored with 59 and Max Curtis chipped in with an unbeaten 32 as the home side totalled 178-7. James Faulkner took 4-36 for Morebath, who were then bowled out for 131. John Hawkins top scored with 29, Jamie Overton took 3-18 from five overs, while Matt Dart bagged a brace with 2-14. On Monday, Sandford II bounced back from the previous day's defeat at Shobrooke Park to beat Incorrigibles by five wickets at Creedy Park. Ryan Glass took 3-19 as the Witheridge side were restricted to 158-9, led by Selwyn Elston's 57. But then Sean Hawkins hit an unbeaten half century and got excellent support from the father and son combination of Nigel and Simon Ashplant who made 37 and 28 respectively to help ease the hosts to a five-wicket win.In Division Four, the Bishops Nympton game at home to Shebbear fell foul of a waterlogged pitch. But they played at Victoria Park II where Kelseymen claimed the win. Mark Johnson (48) and Chris Brigden (44) combined to help the Braunton boys to 152. Steve Oliver - who the previous day had shipped four goals wearing the keeper's gloves for Ilfracombe Town - took a "fivefer", finishing with figures of 5-19. There were also two wicket hauls for Mike Harris and Mark Stevens. The home side were always struggling, Tim Lane top scoring with 24 and Mike Harris hitting an unbeaten 17. But the bowlers were always on top, Matt Lewis and Chris Brigden among four of the visitors to bag braces.They played too at Bude where the home side beat North Devon III in high scoring affair. Sam Hockin hit 95, Andrew De Rosa 52 and Ashley Hockin 40 as Bude knocked up 294. Young Tom Ansell was the most successful of the visiting bowlers with 3-35. He then hit 23 from the opening slot in the reply. Mark Ansell, father of the successful bowler, provided the top score of the reply with 31 but that was just about that as Ashley Hockin (3-18), Sam Hockin (2-24) and Jovi Wolfenden-Brown (2-16), combined to bowl them out for 164.The Division Five game at Black Torrington was not played, the game with North Molton II washed out of business owing to a waterlogged pitch. The basement division has had a torrid time in terms of getting scheduled matches played. There are just five matches of the 2008 programme left, and to date, the division has seen 24 matches played and yet 28 not played. It's not just the weather to blame, a large number of the games in this section have been called off owing to teams being unable to field a side, but there's little doubt that it is far from satisfactory to have less than 50 per cent of the matches actually played.