NORTH Devon suffered a setback in their bid to regain the North Devon Holiday Homes Division 1 title they won two years ago when they were beaten for the second successive outing, going down by five wickets to a Victoria Park who look highly capable of su
NORTH Devon suffered a setback in their bid to regain the North Devon Holiday Homes Division 1 title they won two years ago when they were beaten for the second successive outing, going down by five wickets to a Victoria Park who look highly capable of sustaining a title challenge themselves this term. Scott Amos (41), Craig Overton (40) and Jamie Overton (37) led the North Devon scoring in a total of 226-6, Paul Tuson and Tom Anderson bagging a brace of wickets each for Park.Brothers Marc Bettis (81) and Neil Bettis (38) then led a successful Park run chase, closing the game out on 230-5. Stuart Rhodes, who had a rare off day with the bat, was the pick of the home bowlers with 2-33.Newton Tracey went down at home to reigning champions Sandford, who beat them by 45 runs. The Mid Devon side scored 232-6, Matt Tozer the pick of the home bowlers with two wickets. The hosts were then bowled out for 187, with only Simon Gear (60) and Ian Gear (30) making any impact with the bat.Lynton and Lynmouth were only able to muster eight men for their game at Bideford. The hardy few gave their all, but the home batsmen made hay in the Sunday afternoon sunshine as Bideford notched up a massive 175-run victory. Bideford top 300Alec Hodges hit an unbeaten 115 and there were other contributions from Chris Luxton (52), Pete Stevens (41), Ian Hayter (38no) and William Barrett (37) in Bideford's 342-4. Ian Hobbs claimed 2-55 for Lynton & Lynmouth, who replied with a battling 167 before the last of their seven wickets fell. Steve Hunt top scored with 52 while the main wicket takers were 17-year-old Josh King (2-30) and Martin Barrett, who sent down 15 balls and returned figures of 2-11.Beaford won a thrilling Division Two encounter at Bratton Fleming for their first success of the season, which was sufficient to lift them off the foot of the table, climbing four places. Ali McMillan hit his second successive half-century with a top score of 87 and there were useful contributions from Mark Lake (34) and Geoff Lake (28) in a Beaford total of 222-7. Pete Simmons (4-42) and Ollie Hunt (2-21) were the pick of the home bowlers. The run chase was always on, but wickets fell at regular intervals and when the final Bratton Fleming wicket fell they were 16 runs short. Steven Ayre batted superbly for 69 and James Tapp hit 40, but Mark Lake (4-36) and D Lane (4-36) bowled their side to victory.Filleigh II were beaten by new Division Two leaders Morebath, who returned to Mid Devon with a 62 run victory after scoring 203 and then bowling out the home side for 141.Shebbear batsman Martin Bray is currently averaging over a century each time he takes to the middle for the early season Division Three 197 for Brayleaders. He was finally out just three shy of a double century at home to Ilfracombe after cracking no fewer than 20 sixes as Shebbear racked up a whopping 331-9. Bray hit 191 at Sandford II last month and with his only two other outings seeing him chalk up 66 and 23 it means he already has 477 runs to his name at a current average of 119.33. Jamie Pengelly (44) and Tom Stone (38) were the other Shebbear batsmen to shine . Ilfracombe were then bundled out for 93 for an amazing 238-run home win. Westleigh won for the first time this term to move four places from the foot of the table after a comprehensive nine-wicket defeat of visiting Barnstaple & Pilton II. Barum never recovered from Richard Pearson's opening three-wicket burst that had them reeling on 5-3. Steve Wheatley did some damage repair with 26, but Neil Merrick then came on to claim 4-12 and with James Corry taking 2-10 the innings was done and dusted for 97. James Ford carried his bat for an unbeaten 42 for Westleigh, Danny Tresgaskis was the other not out batsman with eight, while the one bat to return to the pavilion was Corry, who struck 35.Victoria Park knocked Division Four leaders Cheriton Fitzpaine off the top spot in a thrilling encounter. Two overs from home Park required 18 runs to win, with four wickets in hand. But 18 runs were spanked by Mark Slade (39no) and Mike Harris (27no) in the next over. The Mid Devon side batted first and were 34-3 before David Carr strode out to join Phil Cutler in the middle. The pair kept their wickets intact throughout with an unbroken partnership of 201 to take Cheriton to 235-3. Cutler was 87no and Carr 79no. Mark Stevens, Mike Brown and Jamie Mead claimed wickets while Mike Harris had nine accurate overs which yielded just a wide and an edged four -- seven of them maidens! Tim Lane led the successful run chase with 48 and Mark Stevens (28), Matt Denis (22) and Stewart Russell (21) all chipped in before Slade and Harris saw their side to victory - Harris spanking a brace of sixes in the penultimate over to seal the win.Kelseymen beat visiting Newton Tracey II by 13 runs in a close encounter at Braunton. The home side posted a healthy 222-8, led by Ross Burbidge with 80. Harry Booker gave good support with 29 and Paul Jaggers with 27. Matthew Warren (3-53), John Brewer (3-40) and Colin Wadsworth (2-29) claimed the wickets for the visitors, who were then bowled out for 209 despite an unbeaten 86 from Nick Parkin. The only other batsman to prosper was Connor Nash with 28 as Harry Brooker, Martin Lewis and John Lethbridge each took two wickets for the home side.Bideford II went down by 35 runs at Halberton, where the home side scored 189-9 and then bowled out the visitors for 154. Dave Hart, who was the pick of the Bideford bowlers with a couple of victims, also led the reply with a top score of 45. Dan Barker had a fine all round game for Halberton, top scoring with 46 and also taking 5-15 in nine splendid overs of right arm seamers.Barnstaple and Pilton III scored 233-5 at home to Bishop's Nympton in Division Five, led by Leon Murphy's 60. Dave Loder (43), Joe Burley (28), Cliff Newton (22) and unbeaten cameo knocks from James Rowe (12no) and Matt Newton (11no) helped Barum to their total. Fred Varney led the reply with 48, but only Andrew Paine (28) was able to offer any serious help as the reply foundered on 132. Sixteen-year-old seamer Tom Harris claimed 4-31 .Belstone skipper Phil Woods hit a career best 120 not out to lead his side to a five wicket win over visiting North Molton. The North Devon side batted first and were indebted to Matt Geen's 75 in a total of 216-6. Woods then dominated the run chase with 11 fours and was given good support by Chris Walpole (29).Carl Shaw took 4-32 and Sam Witheridge 3-17 as a young Filleigh III side with seven 15- year-olds in their line-up won at a canter at Heathcoat. The Knightshayes side were bowled out for 121 despite a fine 40 from young Will Brown. Charlie Popplewell (34), Simon Prosser (30) and John Harrison (20no) then saw young Filleigh to a comfortable victory.Petrockstowe's most succesful bowler in their defeat at home to Nomansland was Richard Luxton with 3-29 in nine fine overs. Sixteen-year-old Ollie Scantlebury led their batting with 31 and Nathan Delaune hit 19.