North Devon’s inconsistent form continued on Saturday as they went down to Cornwood
North Devon’s topsy-turvy form continued with a seven-wicket defeat at Cornwood .
The side, who were top of the Tolchard’s Devon Premier three matches previous, are now down to seventh.
North Devon arrived at Oak Park depleted in places – Glastonbury, an injury to overseas player Kyle Verreynne and wedding invitations were blamed – but that shouldn’t detract from the quality of Cornwood’s performance.
The Corns dismissed North Devon for 112, then knocked-off the runs with more than 20 overs to spare.
After Andy Bees marked his first XI recall by trapping former Devon batsman Dan Bowser lbw for 21, Matt Skeemer nipped out Jack Hocking caught behind in the next over.
North Devon wobbled along to 58 for four – Adam Goodliffe (2-25) applying the pressure – and were 96 when Josh King went to the returning Skeemer for a top score of 25.
Skeemer (4-27) and Jason Hall (2-20) ripped through the bottom half of the order as North Devon lost their last six wickets for 16 runs.
Ben Mason (25) was ninth out having resisted longer than anyone.
Cornwood set off in hot pursuit with Mark Roca (35), Jackson Thompson (23) and Aaron Richards (18) getting them to 70 for two.
Hall (23no) took Cornwood to 107 for three when Richards departed, leaving Skeemer (6no) to apply the final touches.
Matt Westaway, deputising in his former job as North Devon captain in the absence of Barney Huxtable, said: “I have no gripes with the team as a whole as we were thoroughly outplayed.
“With some key players unavailable and us being inserted, it was very important one of the senior batsmen batted through. Cornwood bowled extremely well and gave little opportunity to score.
“They fielded tightly, putting us under a lot of pressure and produced wicket-taking balls at regular intervals.
“We didn’t have enough runs and they batted sensibly and didn’t give us a sniff early doors, added Westaway.”
This Saturday sees North Devon return to the Sandhills, where they will welcome Exmouth, who are currently third.