NORTH Devon are the new leaders of the North Devon Holiday Homes Cricket League after handing out a nine-wicket thrashing to one of their nearest rivals Bradninch. Sandford's defeat at home to Filleigh leaves the North Devon men as the only side to have l
NORTH Devon are the new leaders of the North Devon Holiday Homes Cricket League after handing out a nine-wicket thrashing to one of their nearest rivals Bradninch.Sandford's defeat at home to Filleigh leaves the North Devon men as the only side to have lost just one game this term.It was all pretty academic at Instow after Matt Westaway had strutted his stuff claiming figures of 5-19 from just 6.3 overs. And with Jason Hayes taking 3-46, the Mid Devon side were bowled out for 193. James Starkey fell for 46 to a smart caught and bowled, but that was to be the only blemish on an otherwise perfect afternoon. Scott Amoss and Dan Pickard both stroked their way to unbeaten half centuries as the hosts claimed a big win.Filleigh's success at Creedy Park means that they have now done the double over title-seeking Sandford. This result was in no small way down to the exploits of Jamie Palmer who claimed a "fivefer" and wrapped up the game with a hat-trick. Batting first, Filleigh were indebted to 78 from Nick Dartnoll and 43 from Mark Prideaux in a total of 208. A tight finish was on the cards with three overs to go and the home side needing 14 runs to win with three wickets in hand. But then Palmer bowled his treble and Filleigh took the win.Newton Tracey's Phil Steward hit a magnificent unbeaten 133 to steer his side to a seven-wicket win over bottom side Beaford who had posted a total of 243-8. Simon Gear took 3-50 for the home side before the post tea session was completely dominated by the performance of Steward. Gary Chatham chipped in with 46.Bideford were big winners in their game at Valley of The Rocks where they dished out a heavy beating to hosts Lynton & Lynmouth. Michael Warne hit 76 and Dave Hart an unbeaten 57 in a score of 274-8. Matt Bettiss then claimed a three-wicket haul as the home side could only muster 98. Harry Chapman-Walker provided the top score with an unbeaten 23. "We were totally outplayed in all departments," said Gary Jones.In Division Two, lady cricketer Stephanie Miles took 3-43 to help Hatherleigh to a 47-run win at Ilfracombe. Rob Chapman (57) and Gareth Tidball (47) combined to guide the visitors to 214-7. Then, with only 'Combe's Denzil Hart (52) and John Sutton (49) able to make any serious impression, the visitors claimed the win to boost their promotion bid.Victoria Park also harbour genuine promotion hopes after they won again, this time beating Westleigh at home by 35 runs. Colin Bettis (60) and Neil Bettis (42no) underpinned their side's total of 198-7, while Dave Branch bagged a "fivefer'" with figures of 5-42 as the home side were bundled out for 163, James Ford top scoring with 57.Bratton Fleming II won for only the third time in eleven outings but it was enough to take them off the bottom of the third division and out of the relegation berths.Ollie Hunt (3-10), Patrick Crane (3-23) and Paddy Dartnoll (3-38) combined to bowl visiting North Devon II out for 153 and then Adam Came struck a superb reply-dominating 87 to see the hosts to a four-wicket win.Brady Saunders starred with bat and then ball for Barnstaple & Pilton II but it was not enough to help his side claim a much needed win as they went down by four wickets at Holsworthy. Saunders (34) and Stephen Wheatley (29) led Barum to 153 with 15-year-old Jack Greening sending down 2-5 overs and returning excellent figures of 3-2 for the hosts. They got home with four wickets to spare thanks to runs from Matt Williams (35), Steve Drew (27), Keith Drew (23no) and vice-captain Duncan Edwards (12no). Saunders and Ian Wheatley both bagged braces of wickets.Bideford II were the latest side to be hit by the force of Bude who racked up an eighth straight Division Four victory. Aussie Jay Ambrey top scored with 73 in a total of 235-7 and then Ben Purcell was among the wickets as the home side's reply floundered on 125 despite a defiant 34 from Kevin Fishleigh. There was a major shock at Shebbear where the home side - so short in terms of availability that they actually began the game with just eight players - lost to bottom-of-the-table Kelseymen. The defeat was double costly for the college side for as well as losing one of the last two remaining 100 per cent records this season, they also lost top spot to Bude.Victoria Park II went down in a thrilling contest at home to Lynton & Lynmouth II in a game not decided until the penultimate over of the day's play. John Gordon top scored for the home side with 57. He and Tim Lane (40) put on 100 for the third wicket in a total of 204-5 and then Gordon grabbed 3-32. Colin Hatt's 80 was the centre piece of the visitor's run chase. Barnstaple & Pilton III were beaten at home by Division Five pace setters and now the entire league's only 100 per cent side, Halberton. They returned to Mid Devon with a 70-run win despite a fine all-round performance from George McEndoo who took 4-18 in the visitor's offering of 166-9. McEndoo then top scored with 27 in the Barum reply of 96.Also in the division, Weare Giffard continue their pursuit of the leaders; they won by six wickets at North Molton thanks to a brilliant all round effort from Mike Heddon who first took 4-19 in the home sides 164-9. Heddon top scored with an unbeaten 73 as he and John Wittram (49no) took their side to a comfortable win.