This week’s Tolchards Devon Cricket League round-up.
Hatherleigh are still fighting relegation after a three-wicket defeat at Paignton left them in the bottom two.
Hatherleigh scraped up 201 for eight in 50 overs at Queens Park – opener Matt Thomas making a patient 66 to hold things together.
Paignton were ominously 58 for four in reply, recovered to 134 for five thanks to Connor Bryan and Chris Kelmere and went on to win with an over left.
Man of the moment for Paignton was Chris Kelmere, who followed his three wickets for 28 runs with a match-winning 84 not out.
In-form Thomas laid the foundations for Hatherleigh during a two-hour stay, assisted by Chris Jelley (29) in a stand of 73 for the second wicket.
Kelmere slowed the middle-order up and his spell helped reduce Hatherleigh from 128 for three to 150 for seven.
Rob Cockwell (28) and Ryan Davies (23no) moved the score along with a stand of 51 for the eighth wicket.
George Yates (0-29), Kelmere, Conor Ashworth (1-32) and Conor Bryan (1-11) were the pick of the bowlers.
Charlie Nielson (3-35) and Thomas (1-28) made life hard for the early Paignton batters, who didn’t get much change out of Jack Cherrington or Mark Lake either.
Kelmere took the safety first approach and in stands of 76 with Bryan (25) and 50 with Yates (17) took Paignton to victory.
Defeat dropped Hatherleigh into the bottom two, six points from safety.
Skipper Mark Lake said he was disappointed with the result but not with the performance.
“Sometimes you have to just hold your hands up and Chris played really well and he was the difference,” said Lake.
“It’s still all to play for and we will keep fighting until the end.”
Hatherleigh make the trip to fifth place Sandford on Saturday, with a win likely to take them back out of the bottom two.
Bideford can’t afford any more slips after they lost by 79 runs at Plymstock.
Defeat took Bideford down to fourth in the B Division, with their opponents moving up to second.
Bideford skipper Paul Heard hasn’t given up on promotion.
“Saturday’s result means we probably have to win all our remaining games, which is more than possible,” said Heard.
Bideford were battered into submission by Plymstock’s St Lucian all-rounder Bronte Bess, who clubbed a breakneck 116 from just 63 balls.
There was a stand of 59 with skipper Scott Mansfield – he contributed six to it – and another of 61 with Sayed Ali.
Alex Hannam, James Ford and Jamie Lathwell all went for more than nine an over at the height of the carnage as Plymstock reached 257 for nine.
Bideford soon found it hard keeping up with the asking rate.
They were at 114 for two when Heard was stumped for 39.
Matt Shepherd (28) and Ollie Hannam (23) had been and gone, but opener James Ford was still there on 41 at the time.
Heard was the first of five wickets shared by Seb Jordan and James Nicholls that put Bideford in a spin.
They plummeted from 144 for two to 153 for seven and that was game over.
Braunton’s relegation worries deepened when they lost by eight wickets to Thorverton.
Braunton were all out for 108 in their 38th over – and Thorverton gave them 21 of their runs in extras, best off the bat was Alex Hodges with 18.
Jake Crouch bagged four wickets for 22 runs and Jake Choules took three for 17.
It was all a bit of a cakewalk for Thorverton, who knocked off the runs in just 22 overs.
Paul Fielder opened up with 39, leaving George Greed and skipper Baldock with a brace of 28s to wrap things up.
Braunton are 23-points adrift of safety in the bottom three.
C Division East
Filleigh had a good go at re-writing the C Division East record books in their 208-run win at Uplyme.
Opening batsman Justin Saker slammed 176 off 109 balls – 17 fours, eight sixes – on Feniton’s way to 370 for four in 45 overs.
Saker just missed out on a new record for the division, three runs short of David Court’s 179 for Feniton against Filleigh on the opening day of the season.
Saker and Harley Ashdown (67) clattered 177 for the third wicket – a new record.
Finally, Filleigh’s total of 370 for four was a new record for the division, surpassing Kentisbeare’s 360 for four against Barnstaple in 2015.
Filleigh only just missed out on breaking that record seven days earlier when they made 356 for three in the win over Clyst Hydon.
Skipper Simon Prideaux blasted 55 not out off 31 balls just to pile more misery on Uplyme.
Only Mike van den Berg – one for 30 off nine – posted respectable bowling figures for Filleigh.
Uplyme were all out for 118 in the 27th over – their last five wickets going for 15 runs as James Marsh (3-15) finished what had been started by others, among them Kieran Jarrett (2-28) and Jack Brazier (2-7).
Marsh took the last two wickets in successive balls. He is playing football this Saturday – no hat-trick for him on successive Saturdays – but Jon Hickman is back for the tussle with Countess Wear.
Filleigh go into the game third in the table.
At the other end of the table, Barnstaple and Pilton are back on the bottom of the C Division East after losing by 41 runs to visiting Feniton.
Feniton made 184 for seven in their 45 overs – Jon Pyle negotiating spinners George McEndoo (3-46), Steve Moore (1-13) and Henry McEndoo (1-25) for a top score of 40.
Barnstaple would have fancied their chances at 111 for three in reply, but six wickets went for 26 runs and Barnstaple collapsed to 143 all out.
Barnstaple, who have 141 points, need to get past Countess Wear (151) in the first instance to reach safety.
Tom Popham (36), Jack Moore (27) and Andy Fewings (16) appeared to have given Barum a platform by reaching 94 for two.
Wickets tumbled – four run-outs didn’t help Barnstaple – and with Selly and Matt Davies getting two wickets each, it was all over early.