Zimbabwean hits 94 not out and claims three wickets in win over Plymouth

GLENN Querl starred with bat and ball as North Devon beat Plymouth by five wickets.

Zimbabwean Querl has reappeared at Instow for the second half of the season as Hampshire no longer have a role for him - and he was the difference between the two sides.

Querl took three Plymouth wickets for 27 runs at the city side were held to 192 for nine on 50 overs.

Plymouth were then on the end of an unbeaten 94 from Querl as they recovered from a nervous 85 for five to win with more than seven overs to spare.

North Devon skipper Matt Dart said winning was becoming a habit and breeding confidence in the side.

"We really showed some fight as at 85 for five we could easily have collapsed," said Dart.

"That's the difference between a side with confidence or not.

"We are getting better each week. Lets hope it carries on.

"It is still very tight down the bottom. One loss and you are back in the cart so no let ups now."

James Toms made 36 at the top of the order for Plymouth, but run machine Marnus Labuschange only lasted five balls and there were modest scores from Jake Luffman (14) and Ben Stein (19) as Plymouth dipped to 94 for five under pressure from Matt Westaway (2-30) and Matt Dart (2-36).

George Stephenson (41) and Rob Bennett (19) held the middle order together with Bennett the last man out after Querl had returned to break the stand.

North Devon lost Barney Huxtable and Rob Gear to Plymouth's fit-again pacemen Dave Burke (4-61), then Allin, Jas Kalsi and Max Curtis as they meandered to 85 for five.

North Devon keeper Rob Ayre is a handy chap to have coming in at seven as he has Premier Division tons to his name - and his 33 not out at the other end from Querl took the game away from Plymouth.

BRAUNTON were on the wrong end of a five-wicket defeat by leaders Heathcoat which put a temporary block on their hopes getting away from the A Division basement.

Tom Mitcham top scored for Braunton with 37 in a total of 180 for nine.

Mitcham, Ian Roberts (26) and Tom Robotham (25) got the Braunton score up to 126 for four, then Jon Baglow (29no) added late runs.

There were three wickets each for Mitch Baker (3-30) and Jack Menheneott (3-42) and two for Jean Rossouw.

The Heathcoat chase was kick-started by Baker (44) and Sam Smith (37) notching 72 for the first wicket.

There was a brief hiatus when Alfie Huxtable (2-31) and Matt Smith (2-41) put Heathcoat on the back foot at 97 for four. Jason Parr (35no) saw Heathcoat over the hump.

Smith picked up an injury and might not feature away to Paignton this Saturday.

Batter Lawrence May is home from college and almost certainly will play.

Skipper Roberts said 'bating suicide' cost his team dearly against Heathcoat.

"We should have made 240-250 without too many problems from 92 for two - 180 wasn't enough," he said.

HATHERLEIGH gave Brixham a run for their money before going down by two wickets at Boundary Park.

Mark Lake top scored for Hatherleigh with 52 not out in an all-out total of176. Jack Cherrington made 32.

Paul Heath claimed three wickets for 34 runs and there were two each for Joe Hyde, Lee Upham and Kyle Schroeder.

Brixham had Schroeder to thank in large measure for getting them over the line as he made 28. His stand of 53 for the seventh wicket with Heath (28) proved decisive.

Although Lake (2-18) and Ian Cockwill (3-34) tried to keep the brake on, Brixham got home with nearly four overs to spare.

Hatherleigh are at home to Pympton this Saturday.

BARNSTAPLE & Pilton showed they can live with the best in the B Division on their day with a thumping nine-wicket win over promotion hopefuls Tavistock.

Henry McEndoo led the wicket-taking effort with three for 33 and there were two wickets each for slipper Steve Moore and James Thomas as Tavistock were bowled out for 152.

Tavvy were 68 for two - Ian Gray (27) among the runs - them slumped to 116 for nine with James Stevens (27no) the only batter to resist.

Barum set off in hot pursuit with the Popham brothers - Tom (59no) and Jack (62) opening up with a stand of 132.

Dave Milligan (6no) was there at the end.

Victory keeps Barnstaple one place and one point ahead of Alphington in the second relegation slot.

The fight to stay up continues this Saturday with a trip to winless South Devon.

"We played well and it was a pleasure to see us perform to the standard we did," said Moore.

"I am under no illusions that survival is our aim this season and the next two games - South Devon and Shobrooke Park are crucial to us.

"It will make our live that much easier if we take most of the points from those games."

BIDEFORD'S winning run at the top of the C Division is into double figures now after they won by 76 runs at Ottery.

That's 10 wins on the bounce for James Ford's side, who are 40 points clear of Axminster at the top of the table going into the tussle with third-placed Ipplepen this Saturday.

Jordi Gilmour nailed 103 off 89 balls with 13 fours and two sixes as Bideford mad 227 all out.

Gilmour went in after James Ford was dismissed for 26 by James Faulkner (2-51) at 72 for two and came out on 194 for eight.

Along the way there were stands of 44 with Josh King (15) and 58 with Fergus Bradbeer (13).

Will Harrison and Matt Reed had three wickets each for Ottery, who were then bowled out for 151.

A number of batters got in, got settled and got out again without making it past Sam Lynch's top score of 36.

Lewis Townsend had 27 and former Devon all-rounder John Tierney had 25.

Fred King picked up five for 32 and there were three wickets clearing up at the end for brother Josh at a cost of two runs.

FILLEIGH put some distance between themselves and the D Division danger area when they romped to a six-wicket win over Halberton & Sampford Peverall.

Victory leaves Filleigh sixth in the table, but 27 points ahead of Feniton in the second relegation place.

James Marsh claimed four for 32 as Halberton were dismissed for 140. Gary Henry and James Hill took two each.

Although Rob Durrant (3-37) posed early problems for Filleigh, Mark Prideaux (37no) and McAuley Harrison-Hooton (64no) saw the chase to its conclusion.

Filleigh are away to Ashburton this Saturday.