The weather bowled another googlie in Week 20 of the Stay in Devon North Devon Cricket League.

Just one top flight game was scheduled and it was not played owing to a rain soaked wicket at Filleigh, where the home side had been due to entertain Barnstaple and Pilton.

It brought to an end a Filleigh season that has seen them have exactly half of their 14 matches cancelled owing to the weather! They have won as many as anyone else in the top division with five wins, and just two losses.

Deciding game

No-one can better that record, but they will not be crowned champions as both current leaders North Devon and Newton Tracey have games left to play and one of them will land the top honour.

There are half a dozen top division games to be played, with the September 9 meeting between Newton Tracey and North Devon, the key game - weather permitting!

The one scheduled Division Two game was also washed out, with a soggy wicket at Lynton and Lynmouth, where Weare Giffard were to have visited.

This did neither side any good as they sit in the two relegation places and, barring some unexpected results, the pair will meet again in Division Three next season.

Division Three saw two matches played, one of them bringing Belstone a fifth win of the season, by 143 runs over visiting Newton Tracey II.

Gary Sizmur struck an unbeaten 89 from the number three slot as he and Scott Tremain (66) led their side to 220-5. Mark Cowling took 2-43 for the visitors, who were then bundled out for just 77, with only Andy Chatham making much impression with 23. Ryan Dennis (2-7) and Sizmur (2-8) were the pick of the home bowlers.

Matt Dart claimed 6-13 as North Devon II bagged only a second win of the season, beating visiting Sandford II by five wickets at Instow.

The Mid Devon men were shot out for 101, passed for the loss of five wickets by the hosts thanks to Ross Clayton and Luke Peterson, who saw their side over the line after the loss of early wickets.

Heathcoat go top

Heathcoat climb into top spot in Division 4 at the expense of non-playing Ilfracombe after their six wicket home win over Barnstaple and Pilton II.

Nick Goulty took 6-17 as only Brady Saunders (40) put up significant resistance in a Barum total of 176. Will Browne then hit an unbeaten 74 and Dan Reed 57 as the Knightshayes side got home with six wickets to spare.

Neil Merrick - playing only his second game of the season - took a hat-trick as North Devon II were restricted to 153-9 at Westleigh.

Unfortunately the Merrick heroics were not in a winning cause as his side were then bowled out for 112, with only James Tythcott (31) making an impression with the bat.

Division Five produced a glorious victory for Belstone, which confirmed their promotion.

James Campbell hit an unbeaten 52 from the number six position while Jamie Giffard (46) and Toby Lockhead (34) also chipped in as Belstone closed on 175-8.

Hosts Victoria Park II were then bowled out for 125, Lee Merrick top scoring with 67. It was a family affair with the ball for Belstone as Toby Lockhead followed his fine stint with the bat with 4-23, while his father Neil sent down 2.4 overs and also claimed four wickets, for just six runs.

Rich Turner struck 94 as Bratton Fleming hit the day’s highest team score of 244-9. Mitch Bryan then took five Nomansland wickets for just four runs in seven superb overs as the Witheridge based side were hustled out for just 46.


Division One

Filleigh v Barnstaple and Pilton. No play, rain.

Division Two.

Lynton and Lynmouth v Weare Giffard. No play, rain.

Division Three.

Belstone 220-5 (G Sizmur 89no, S Tremain 66; M Cowling 2-43), Newton Tracey II 77 (A Chatham 23; R Dennis 2-7, G Sizmur 2-8). Belstone (20pts) bt Newton Tracey (0) by 143 runs.

Sandford II 101 (M Dart 6-13), North Devon II 102-5 (R Clayton 30no, L Peterson 28no). North Devon (20pts) bt Sandford (5) by 5 wkts.

Division Four

Barnstaple and Pilton II 176 (B Saunders 40; N Goulty 6-17), Heathcoat II 177-4 (W Browne 74no, D Reed 57). Heathcoat (20pts) bt Barnstaple and Pilton (4) by 6 wkts.

North Devon III 153-9 (N Merrick bowled a hat-trick), Westleigh 112 (J Tythcott 31). North Devon (20pts) bt Westleigh (4) by 41 runs.

Division Five

Barnstaple and Pilton III v Dulverton. No play, rain.

Bishops Nympton 175-8 (J Campbell 52no, J Giffard 46, T Lockhead 34; G Bashford 3-27), Victoria Park II 125 (L Merrick 67; N Lockhead 4-6, T Lockhead 4-23). Bishops Nympton (20pts) bt Victoria Park (6) by 50 runs.

Bratton Fleming II 244-9 (R Tucker 94), Nomansland 46 (M Bryan 4-5). Bratton Fleming (20pts) bt Nomansland (0) by `198 runs.