There were centuries, a surprise result in the topflight and a First Division no show in week four of the North Devon Holiday Homes Cricket League. The big surprise came in Mid Devon with the first defeat of the season for a North Devon side who had tra
There were centuries, a surprise result in the topflight and a First Division 'no show' in week four of the North Devon Holiday Homes Cricket League.The big surprise came in Mid Devon with the first defeat of the season for a North Devon side who had travelled to Tiverton Heathcoat with two wins in their first two outings. Last year's Division Two champions had lost their first two top flight games.Stuart Rhodes hit his third ton, helping North Devon to an imposing 235. Dan Bowser struck another fine 62.But the home side set about the run chase with relish and won with four wickets and two balls of the contest to spare.The no-show was in Mid Devon where scheduled hosts Bradninch called Newton Tracey mid morning on Sunday to apologise that they could not raise a side and so Newton Tracey were forced to trudge along to their home ground for an impromptu single wicket competition.Victoria Park won the other top flight game, and in some comfort too as they claimed a nine wicket victory at Bideford. The home side posted a decent enough 184-8 led by a half century from Ian Hayter, while Chris Luxton hit 47. Neil Bettis took 4-17 for Victoria Park and then Marc Bettis plundered a superb unbeaten 116. Bettis and John Glass (35) put on 166 for the first wicket. In Division Two Bratton Fleming were seven-wicket winners at Shobrooke Park where they hustled the home side out for a paltry 83 and knocked them off in next to no time. Filleigh II had a fine 60-run win at Beaford where they scored 188-8 led by 68 from Martin Collier. Jaz Kalsi (32) and Tom Marsh (30) made useful contributions,whilse Alan James bagged a brace for the home side who were then restricted to 128-8. Geoff Lake led the most resistance with 26 but the bowlers were on top with Tim Fryer taking 3-27 in seven and Mike Prideaux claimed 2-19.In the Third Divison Adam Hingston hit an unbeaten 45 as Bude beat Barnstaple & Pilton II by seven wickets. Hingston's knock helped his side to 157-3 in reply to the home side's total of 156-8. Dave Beer hit 52 for Barum while Matt Clarke, who had been the most successful bowler with 2-49, chipped in with an unbeaten 22. Ben Purcell bagged a brace for the winners.Ilfracombe were bundled out for 100, 41 of which were scored by Jamie Sutton and then visitors Incorrigibles lost six wickets in a successful run chase. Nathan Townsend and Dan Brierley both took a couple of wickets for the hosts.North Devon II were well beaten at Instow against Sandford II who had scored 251-3 and then restricted the hosts to 118-6, Tom Stanton top scoring with 34 and Bob Heaman hitting 21.In Divison Four North Devon III went down by 19 runs at Cheriton Fitzpaine but there was another excellent innings from Alan Withecombe continued his fine start to the season with an unbeaten 116 as Bideford II scored 208-5 at Kelseymen. Darren Hart chipped in with 52, two wickets each for John Letherbridge and Martin Lewis. Lewis then top scored with 31 and Tom Mitcham gave support with 27 but the home reply was done and dusted on 115, Hart completing a fine all round effort with 3-10.The basement Division certainly turned up a talking point or two, none more so than the exploits of a 17-year-old, batsman from Witheridge side Nomansland. The visitors , Bude, scored 276-4 led by Gary Say with 85 and Dave Gooding with 44. But the star of the show was undoubtedly teenager Josh Clare who hit 73 including 30 in one over from the home skipper Mike Taylor! Clare was very close to following in the footsteps of Sir Garfield Sobers when he sent the first five balls of a Taylor over out of the ground. The sixth delivery was also thumped, but much straighter and it cannoned into the shoulder of the batsman at the other end - his skipper Andrew Crossman. The home side replied with 189-9 led by Ashley Hocking (43) and that man Taylor (35). The best bowling figures went to young Clare with 3-33 from nine overs.Ben Mogford was a teenage centurion as Filleigh III made it three wins from three outings with an eight-wicket win at home to Bishop Nympton. Ron Simmons (63) led the visitors to 153-8 with Simon Prosser the pick of the bowlers with 2- in nine. Filleigh, with seven under-19s in the XI cruised to victory led by Mogford with an unbeaten 101 and James Popplewell was still there at the end with 26.North Molton began their campaign with a 39-run win over visiting Barnstaple & Pilton III. James Green (91) and Joe Noble (34) were the principal run-getters for the home side in a total of 189-9. Neil Rowe took 2-16 and then James Rowe with 48 led the Barum reply that floundered on 150-6, Charlie Down the pick of the bowlers with 3-23.The two new sides to the League met at Petrockstowe where Belstone were 28-run winners. The visitors batted first and posted a tidy 177-9. Nigel Cockwill claimed 6-38 but the home side who were then bowled out for 149.