NORTH Devon stayed out of the bottom two in the Premier Division by taking a decent losing draw home from Exmouth. Had they lost on the Fortfield, North Devon would have slipped behind fellow strugglers Torquay and into the bottom two. At one stage the
NORTH Devon stayed out of the bottom two in the Premier Division by taking a decent losing draw home from Exmouth.Had they lost on the Fortfield, North Devon would have slipped behind fellow strugglers Torquay and into the bottom two.At one stage - the one when North Devon were 107 for six in reply chasing 167 - Sidmouth looked the likely winners.Dan Bowser (25) batted sensibly to save the game and North Devon could even have gone on to win it.But they left too much to do in the final five overs and closed so near yet so far on 151 for eight.Sidmouth's total of 165 for eight was constructed around a knock of 64 from Neil Hancock.Stuart Rhodes (2-31) and Matt Westaway (2-31) had Sidmouth an edgy seven for three before Hancock calmed things down.Hancock was sixth out on 124 having put on 88 in a vital stand for the fourth wicket with Nick Gingell (27).Wickets tumbled after Hancock went - three for four runs - until Adam Dibble (25no) and Louis Talay shepherded Sidmouth to the end.North Devon made an inauspicious start, losing opener Rob Ayre caught at point for two and Rhodes, who played on to Dibble.North Devon had to contend with wicket-taking interruptions from Scott Barlow (2-35) and Will Murray (4-35) as they staggered to 107 for six.Neil Bettis played his shots getting to 22 - then played a bit too freely and got out to Barlow.Bowser (25) and Mark Overton (29) got North Devon back on an even keel, then Westaway (26no) batted through to the end.BRAUNTON went down to Brixham by nine wickets in a one-sided encounter at Kelsey.Braunton were bowled out for 92 in 31 of their 50 overs by Mark Orchard (4-25) and Farooq Iqbal (3-10). Tim Robinson (2-18) got in on the act as well.Seven days earlier Braunton had been 51 for seven against Chudleigh, but went on to win the game thanks to a rescue act by Mark Lathwell and Andy Paddison.A week later, when Braunton were 51 for seven again, Lathwell wasn't playing and Paddison went cheaply, so there was no happy ending.Mark Mitchell made 26 and Ted Cuming had 19, but it was never going to be enough.Andy Pugh smote 47 not out and Chris Lanyon had an unbeaten 21 as Barton took their time - 31 overs - knocking off the runs.Jon Baglow took the only wicket to fall on a day when Braunton didn't do enough to earn a point!BIDEFORD'S mini revival was cut short when they suffered a seven-wicket pasting by leaders Abbotskerswell.Matt Allin with 61 not out was Bideford's cornerstone in a total of 159 all out.Andre Webbe made 46 - he and Allin put on 60 for the third wicket - but there was little support once they were parted at 100.Bideford's last five wickets fell for just 25 runs as Ian Baker (4-51) and Marcus Green (4-49) ran through the tail.Abbots lost opener Steve Short immediately after tea to Chris Luxton (2-32), but were barely troubled after that as they knocked off the runs.A stand of 102 between Alun Lewis (52no) and Matt Black (57) took Abbots within sight of victory.Daniel Full thumped 33 off 32 balls to clinch the win, which was done with four overs left.BARNSTAPLE blocked it out for a draw at Axminster after realising they weren't going to chase 190 to win.Gary Larcombe (53), Johnny Hurford (24) and an unbeaten 40 from Joel Seward helped Axminster to 189 for nineLarcombe and Paul Miller put on 48 for the second wicket, Hurford and Larcombe added 38 for the fourth and Seward and Nick Taylor chipped in with 30 for the ninth.Barnstaple lost interest in the chase at the point when Brady Saunders was run out for 60 by a throw from Hurford on the deep cover boundary.Despite three wickets for Alex Beighton, and a couple for Larcombe, Barum held on to deny the hosts.Andy Barton (30) was the only other run maker of note in a total of 157 for eight.SCOREBOARDSPREMIER DIVISIONPlymouth 87-8 (L Minett 21, D Burke 21no; J Tipper 3-15, T Legodi 2-15), Exeter 91-1 (M Hood 38no). Exeter (19pts) bt Plymouth (0) by 9 wkts.Torquay 150-9 dec (U Malvi 49, J Thompson 36; A Suppiah 4-48, C Liderle 3-17), Exmouth 100 (A Buzza 26, E Yeo 23; U Malvi 5-28, J Thompson 2-22). Torquay (18pts) bt Exmouth (5) by 50 runs.Paignton 101 (S Edwards 20; R Dawson 4-26), Budleigh Salterton 102-4 (R Dawson 39no, S Allen 22; M Pedley 3-25). Budleigh (19pts) bt Paignton (3) by 6 wkts.Plympton v Sandford. No play, rain, Plympton (6pts), Sandford (6).Sidmouth 165-8 (N Hancock 64, N Gingell 27, A Dibble 25no; D Bowser 3-37), North Devon 151-8 (M Overton 29, M Westaway 26no, D Bowser 25; W Murray 4-35). Sidmouth (13pts) drew with North Devon (9).A DIVISIONBradninch 229-7 (D Hardy 40, R Butterworth 42, A Ezquerro 81no, R Acton 28; L Baker 3-37), Tavistock 88 (R Acton 4-46, A Ezquerro 2-31, J Murphy 4-5). Bradninch (20pts) bt Tavistock (3) by 141 runs.Alphington 138-8 (F Quirk 35, E Brown 24no, M Bamber 18; R Saeed 3-23, C Metters 3-46), South Devon 133-3 (C Metters 38no, R Saeed 71no; M Bamber 2-44). South Devon (19pts) bt Alphington (3) by 7 wkts.Braunton 92 (M Mitchell 26, T Cummings 19; M Orchard 4-25, F Iqbal 3-10, T Robinson 2-18), Brixham 93-1 (A Pugh 47no, C Lanyon 21no). Brixham (20pts) bt Braunton (0) by 9 wkts.Barton 89 (W Grainger 19, A Ahmed 19; R Bougard 4-19, A Imran 3-18), Bovey 90-8 (P Bradley 25, I Pasha 23, A Kingdon 27, J Porter 2-23, M Lievesley 2-22, A Ahmed 2-31, D Calland 2-1). Bovey (17pts) bt Barton (4) by 2 wkts.Cornwood 125 (K Willcock 36, D Petherbridge 23no; M Heather 4-29, D Perry 4-23), Chudleigh 80 (J Martin 18, Extras 20; A Cheema 3-25, A Bees 3-17). Cornwood (17pts) bt Chudleigh (5) by 45 runs.B DIVISIONAxminster 189-9 (G Larcombe 53, J Hurford 24, J Seward 40no; H McEndoo 4-27, G McEndoo 2-34, S Cole 2-21), Barnstaple & Pilton 157-8 (A Barton 30, B Saunders 60; A Beighton 3-18, G Larcombe 2-34). Axminster (14pts) drew with Barnstaple & Pilton (9).Bideford 159 (M Allin 61no, A Webbe 46; I Baker 4-51, M Green 4-49), Abbotskerswell 164-3 (A Lewis 52no, M Black 57, D Full 33; C Luxton 2-32). Abbotskerswell (20pts) bt Bideford (4) by 7 wkts.Plymstock 126-8, Heathcoat 127-8. Heathcoat (18pts) bt Plymstock (6) by 2 wkts.Cockington 142 (S Needham 65; B Trenaman 3-23, J Dollow 2-39, S Shaw 2-21, N James 2-6), Shobrooke 123-9 (J Dollow 43, G Darke 24; M Needham 4-24, S Colgate 2-15, D Scott 2-11). Cockington (12pts) drew with Shobrooke (8).Clyst SG 147-6 (G White 37, A Blest 31no, T Read 24; A Hawker 3-38), Plymouth CS 69-5 (A Hawker 32no; D Mort 3-17, P Weatherhead 2-10). Rain stopped play. Clyst SG (10pts), Civil (9).PREMIER DIVISIONNorth Devon 105-6 (C Overton 41, J Overton 19; M Jasper 3-29, M Dalton 2-26), Sidmouth 106-3 (J Macey 61, S Patidar 25; T Cook 2-18). Sidmouth (17pts) bt North Devon (2) by 7 wkts.A DIVISIONHatherleigh 113-5 (T Reynolds 43, J Rogers 29, D Payne 22no; A Nicholls 3-16) v Bradninch. Rain stopped play. Bradninch (8pts), Hatherleigh (7).Alphington 86 (L Rowe 21no; D Donovan 5-15, M Metters 2-18), Barnstaple 87-3 (R Holme 42no, R Wilkins 32no; T Collier 2-19). Barnstaple (18pts) bt Alphington (1) by 7 wkts.Brixham v Bideford. No play, rain. Brixham (6pts) Bideford (6).A DIVISIONBraunton 187-9 (T Mitcham 60, F James 41no; J Birch 5-34, K Bigg 2-39), Ottery 99 (G Iley 33, A Clements 22; F James 2-24, C Brigden 5-13). Braunton (19pts) bt Ottery SM (5) by 88 runs.