THE 2010 North Devon League title is within the grasp of North Devon after the Instow side recorded a seven wicket win at Bradninch. The Mid Devon side batted first and closed on a respectable 199-8. Tim Piper top scored for the hosts with 60, Saed Hussa

THE 2010 North Devon League title is within the grasp of North Devon after the Instow side recorded a seven wicket win at Bradninch.

The Mid Devon side batted first and closed on a respectable 199-8. Tim Piper top scored for the hosts with 60, Saed Hussain chipped in with 39 and the other contributions came from, extras (35), Gary Chappell (28) and Rob Acton (25).

Matt Westaway bowled a superb spell, his nine overs going for just 13 and he claimed a wicket, but the most successful bowler was Dan Bowser with 3-40 and Joe Kelly bagged a brace.

Bowser then hit an imperious unbeaten 125, though he survived a straight forward chance when on 24! Tom Stanton (26) and Rob Hearn (24) were the other contributions as North Devon got home with nine balls to spare. Victory in their final game at home to Morebath will see the Instow men crowned champions again - and they will also claim the top honour if that final game is hit by the weather.

Bradninch could yet suffer the drop out of the top flight and that would spare Morebath for the Kensham Park side were forced to conceded the game at Filleigh on Sunday and with two other games not being able to completed, if the League deem them to needing a further two point deduction then Bradninch could lose their First Division status!

Sandford's Richard Foan top scored with 75 as Sandford closed their top flight, home campaign with a 46 run win over Braunton.

Chris Blake (55) and Ryan Glass (38) also chipped in as the hosts closed on 231-7. Andy Paddison took 4-27 and the struck 45 in support of Ian Roberts (74) as the Braunton reply was completed with the final wicket falling on 185. Matt Theedom finished with 3-23 and Glass completed a fine all-round effort with 3-34.

In the Sunday game at Braunton the home side defeated Bideford by four wickets. Andy Webbe was the one visiting batsman to make runs, scoring 62 as teenager Taylor Latham, who arrived late after playing in a youth football match in the morning, claimed 3-30.

Andy Paddison then scored an unbeaten 85 and, along with knocks of 28 from Gary Osborne, and 20, from Alec Hodges, the hosts were able to claim victory. Ian Hayter bowled superbly, sending down eight overs and taking 4-22.

In Division Three Barnstaple & Pilton II had their fate sealed and they will play in the lower Division next summer after they were humbled at home by North Devon III.

The visitors batted first and closed on 173-8, led there by another superb Bob Heaman innings. Heaman was unbeaten on 81 at the close and the next highest contribution was one of 21 from Tom Stanton.

Danny Donovan, Matt Newton and George Elnaugh each bagged a brace of wickets for Barum who were then bundled out for just 64 with only Andrew Barton (13no) making any sort of impression as the visiting bowlers shared the wicket taking duties around.

Champions Weare Giffard won their tenth match of the season with an 84 run home win over Filleigh II. Jay Wittram hit 81 and then took a pair of wickets while Billy Curtis struck 35 and then took four wickets as the champions batted first, scored 204-5 and then bowled the visitors out for 120.

It was a bitter sweet day for Victoria Park II as they went down to visiting North Molton but in defeat they did manage to accrue the eight points they needed to keep them above Bratton Fleming II and send them down to the basement Division.

For North Molton though, there was despair for, although they recorded a two wicket win, they then learnt of the Halberton win at Lynton & Lynmouth II and that was sufficient for the Sampford Peverell based side to take the second promotion berth behind Newton Tracey II.

Adam Oliver top scored with 38 and Josh Johnson hit an unbeaten 17 as Victoria Park II were bowled out for 123. North Molton edged home with two wickets to spare as Steve Oliver, brother of Adam, claimed 3-43 in support of Mike Cashmore who took 3-14.

At Lynton the hosts were bowled out for 107 with only Dave Proctor (30) and Alistair Rodway (25), making any impression against promotion seeking Halberton. Jeremy Turner took 3-13 from his eight overs spell and then watched as Tom Sambrook struck 32 and fittingly, skipper Richard Durrant clipped the winning runs to seal a four wicket win and a ticket to the Third Division next summer.

In Division Five, Filleigh II ended the campaign with a four wicket win at Barnstaple & Pilton III where they had a touch of girl power about their victory! Pat McEndoo rolled back the years with a superbly crafted unbeaten 39 and Martin Ash chipped in with 21 in a Barum offering of 120. Tim Henry took 4-21, Jack Wakeley claimed 2-15 and Colin Robins took 2-19 while the girl power part with the ball came from Emily Ward with 1-20 and Anna Squire with 1-27. Young Ward then hit an unbeaten 17 as she and Simon Prosser (48no) added an unbroken 56 top lead their side to a four wicket win.