The rain brought bad news for Bideford and Barnstaple and Pilton. Here’s this week’s Tolchards Devon Cricket League round-up.
Saturday’s final round of fixtures in the Tolchards Devon League was virtually washed out by rain.
Out of 77 games scheduled across 16 divisions, 39 didn’t start at all, rain stopped play in 36 of them, one was cancelled due to team-raising problems, and one low-scoring affair was played to a finish.
North Devon made the long trip to Exmouth for a truncated game.
Opener Fin Marks (31) and David Lye (29) were the main run getters in Exmouth’s rain-stopped-play score of 81 for two.
North Devon captain Barney Huxtable is reluctant to carry on next season and it may well be his final game in charge.
“It’s just a case of getting to the end of the season, having a few weeks to relax and then there will be talks,” said Huxtable.
“Ed Yeo and Steff James both did fantastic jobs when they relieved me of the role in the season, but whoever takes it on needs to be 100 per cent committed as it is a job you have to want if you are going to do it.”
Hatherleigh’s slim chance of being relegated from the A Division vanished despite their game against Lewdown being rained off.
Chudleigh ended the worry for Hatherleigh skipper Mark Lake by avoiding a defeat by Barton that may have dragged Hatherleigh into the bottom two.
Only one over was bowled in the B Division and that was at Ottery, where Plymstock were 19 for none at the end of it.
Plymstock were already up as champions and Ivybridge will be going with them as runners up after their game with Bideford was washed out.
Bideford could have gone up had they won at Ivybridge.
Relegated Braunton were spared a pointless trip to also-relegated Dartington and Totnes by the rain.
In the C Division East, Filleigh’s washed out game against Cullompton means they will go into the B Division promotion play-off next weekend.
Simon Prideaux’s team will play Alphington on a venue to be decided.
The league has the choice of two neutral venues for the play-off games – Lewdown and Kingsbridge.
They will select one for the Filleigh-Alphington match and another for the second XI play-off fixture between Brixham and Bideford.
At the other end of the table there was doom and gloom for Barnstaple and Pilton.
Their game against Clyst Hydon was a weather casualty, denying them the chance to get ahead of Countess Wear to avoid going down with Axminster.