THERE was a thrilling finish at Peverell Park where North Devon snatched a last-ball win over Plymouth in the Premier Division. Plymouth were all out for 194 in the last of their 50 overs Josh Bryant top scoring for the city side on 56. North Devon got
THERE was a thrilling finish at Peverell Park where North Devon snatched a last-ball win over Plymouth in the Premier Division.Plymouth were all out for 194 in the last of their 50 overs - Josh Bryant top scoring for the city side on 56.North Devon got down to the penultimate over needing 16 to win and the last one with a target of seven.Stuart Rhodes took two off the final ball from Mark Thompson to earn the defending champions the first win of a so far undistinguished campaign. When North Devon were 79 for seven in reply, the only likely winners appeared to be Plymouth.Plymouth made an uninspiring start with Callum Whittaker caught behind, Chris Barr caught at square leg and Thompson lbw with only 35 on the board.Bryant and Minett salvaged the situation by putting on 58 in a fourth-wicket stand that ended when Minett was bowled by Mat Dart for 32.Paul Thompson (15) and Pete Evans (12) helped Bryant push the score up to 155 for seven. Plymouth's overseas ace was caught at long-on by Martin Gear off the bowling of Rob Gear having hit seven fours during his 85-ball stay.Bits and pieces from Dave Burke (17) and Ben Fererro (11) pushed the score along at the end.Matt Westaway, Dart and Rob Gear all claimed three wickets each.Burke and Andy Horrill then wreaked havoc in the North Devon early order, taking all of the wickets to fall as they nosedived to 79 for seven.Horrill bowled Devon batsman Neil Bettis, then had Dan Bowser caught at cover, and Burke snared Mike Heddon leg-before.A double strike from Horrill (4-48) accounted for Martin Gear, who was caught sweeping, and Rob Gear to a catch in the deep.Burke (3-22) had Rob Ayre lbw then Warren Miller for a duck. It didn't look like North Devon's day at 79 for nine.The one obstacle in Plymouth's way was Aussie Rhodes, who was still there and in no mood to give it away.Rhodes and Dan Pickard added 30 to bring up three figures, but surely the game was up when Pickard smashed Barr to long on, leaving tail enders Westaway and Dart to clear up. As it turned out, Dart wasn't needed.Westaway, who held himself back at number 10, batted through for an unbeaten 38 from 55 balls in a stand of 86 that won the match.l BARNSTAPLE 2nd XI were put to the sword when they ran into B Division leaders Plymouth.Jake Foley cracked 89 and Paul Butson made 56 in Plymouth's total of 211 for seven. Bobby Pedlar had four wickets for 24 runs.Barnstaple were hustled out for 115 in reply with Dan Donovan the only batsman to prosper. Butson capped a man-of-the-match performance with five for 35.Barnstaple 2nd XI travel to Chudleigh on Saturday.