Brauntons hit-and-miss season continued when they lost by 119 runs at Shobrooke Park. Shobrooke skipper Chris Simpson lashed a quickfire century as Shobrooke raced to 260 for seven in 45 overs. Then the Aussie all-rounder got among the wickets with a three-for-17 haul to kill off Brauntons resistance. Simpson went in at three after Shobrooke lost opener Chris Ford for a dozen to Jon Baglow (2-33) and struck-up a 117-run partnership with surviving opener Jon James (62). There was a further stand of 54 with Jacques Burdicks with Simpson going on to reach his ton off 72 balls with eight fours and the same number of sixes. Former Devon player Neil Bettis (3-34) trapped Simpson lbw next ball. With wickets in hand, Andy Codling (23) and Richard Pyle (17) were able to play a few shots to keep the board ticking over. Baglow, Mick Cashmore and Martin Smith kept it tight when they bowled, but the change bowlers struggled to stay below five an over. Braunton ran into trouble early as Burdicks (2-32), James Bevan (1-26) and Dan Robbins (2-19) reduced them to 78 for six. Smith (29) and Mark Mitchell (22) hung around for a while, as did skipper Baglow for 24. Simpson came back at the end to knock over Baglow and Mark Johnson as Braunton were bowled out with 10 overs to go for 141. The 119 run defeat leaves Braunton just below mid-table in sixth place. Thorverton are due to visit Kelsey this Saturday.