NORTH Devon edged nearer the North Devon League Division 1 title without having to bowl a delivery on Sunday! Scheduled opponents Morebath reported a number of players suffering suspected food poisoning after a barbecue and had to cry off, leaving Nort

NORTH Devon edged nearer the North Devon League Division 1 title without having to bowl a delivery on Sunday!

Scheduled opponents Morebath reported a number of players suffering suspected food poisoning after a barbecue and had to cry off, leaving North Devon to pocket the 20 points and stay top of the table ahead of Filleigh.

Victoria Park were beaten for the 14th time in as many starts when they went down by 151 runs at Sandford.

The Mid Devon side powered to 299, led there by their New Zealand under-19 star M Guptil-Bunce, who struck a century. Mark Slade claimed 5-74 for Park, who were then bowled out for 148. Dave Gordon was the only batsman to make an impression with 44.

Beaford boosted their chances of promotion back into the top flight with a seven-wicket Division 2 win over Bratton Fleming, while Hatherleigh were defeated by Incorrigibles.

Alan James and Pete McMillan each claimed three wickets as visiting Bratton Fleming were restricted to 197-9. Mark Lake then led the successful run chase with 78, aided by Ali McMillan with 56.

Hatherleigh's promotion hopes took a blow with their fifth defeat of the season, going down by 36 runs to visiting Incorrigbles.

The Witheridge based side closed on 223-7, J Hope leading the way with 112not out while Andrew Collier was the most successful home bowler with 3-28. Robert Chapman struck 81 and Andrew Bennett 24 in the reply, but the final Hatherleigh wicket fell on 187.

Shebbear went down for the fourth time and that effectively ends their promotion hopes. They were beaten by five wickets at Lynton and Lynmouth, where they were bowled out for 206. James Starkey was on 96 when he was caught by Lawrence May off Nick Constable - the second time he has been a single blow away from a ton against Lynton as he was dismissed for 94 in an earlier meeting. Steve Lake took 4-46 and Tristan Jones claimed 3-9.

The hosts got home with five wickets and as many overs to spare thanks to an unbeaten 101 from Lawrence May. Chris Jenn was the most successful visiting bowler with 2-38.

Division 3 leaders Weare Giffard edged nearer a ticket to the Division 2 as they beat visiting Barnstaple & Pilton II by 93 runs.

Billy Curtis (74) and Mike Hedden (37) were the principle run providers for the table toppers in a 226-9 total, while Tom Popham claimed 4-22. Barum were bundled out for 133 despite a splendid 77 from Dave Orr, with |Paul Tuson taking 4-49.

In Division Four Newton Tracey II continue to emulate their 1st Xl and head their table.

They chalked up a 10th win in 13 starts with an eight wicket win at home to Victoria Park II.

Mark Bettis hit a magnificent 100 of Park's 193-8 before being caught off Mark Cowling, who finished with 4-33 from nine overs. Jon Turner (65no) and Nick Parkin (68no) then combined in an unbroken 129-run third wicket as the leaders cantered home.

Ilfracombe climbed off the foot of the Division 4 table for the first time this season as they beat visiting Belstone by 63 runs. It was a remarkable performance from Ilfracombe as they began the match a man short and played the post-tea session with nine men after one of their main bowlers, Jason Newman, hurt his back batting and could not take the field!

Jamie Sutton (48), skipper Dave Hart (29) and Mark Cavanagh (25) were the principle run scorers in Ilfracombe's 181-8, while Callum Mallett took 3-28 for the visitors. Phil Woods then struck 55 in the reply, but wickets tumbled throughout and Belstone were halted on 118. Chris Harris took 4-26 and Dave Hutchinson 3-20.

The following day Belstone bounced back to defeat visiting Lynton and Lynmouth II by six wickets. Tom Boother (5-10) and Jonathan parsons (3-12) combined to knock over the visitors for just 62, which Belstone passed for the loss of four wickets, thanks to an unbeaten 20 from Scott Tremain.

North Molton had their promotion hopes severely dented when they went down by eight wickets at bottom of the table Kelseymen.

Matt Geen hit 72 and there were 47 extras in the Molton offering of 176. Martin Lewis was the pick of the Kelseymen bowling with 4-26. Then Martin Seward struck a wonderful 83 and with help from Jamie Matthews (30no) and Paul Jaggers (24) saw the hosts comfortably over the line.

Petrockstowe remain in the Division 5 promotion frame after they defeated Filleigh III by 90 runs.

Lee Cockwill was the star of the show as he first top scored with 81 in his team's 181 all out and then took 5-16 as the young Filleigh side were bowled out for 91. Simon Prosser claimed 5-26 for Filleigh and Colin Robins took 3-35. Filleigh youngsters Nathaniel Shervington (39) and McCauley Harrison-Hutton (16) were their main batting contributors.

Barnstaple & Pilton III were beaten by 10 wickets by visiting Heathcoat II after being bowled out for 101 with Matthew Newton top scorer with 19.

Bishop Nympton were unable to raise a side for their trip to Nomansland and become the 10th team this term to fall foul of the new law that sees two points deducted from their season's average points tally.