A THRILLING finish in an enthralling contest at the Seafront saw Lynton & Lynmouth's last pair take their side to a single wicket win over Bideford. With a couple of overs to go, tail-enders Matt Ryan and 16-year-old Nick Eggbeer helped Lynton to their se
A THRILLING finish in an enthralling contest at the Seafront saw Lynton & Lynmouth's last pair take their side to a single wicket win over Bideford.With a couple of overs to go, tail-enders Matt Ryan and 16-year-old Nick Eggbeer helped Lynton to their second win from two this season, Eggbeer's unbeaten 18 his side's second highest individual offering behind the 40 from the bat of Ed Yeo.Earlier, the home side had been bowled out for 142 with only Dan Bowser making a decent contribution with 42. Dan Hawkins claimed a four-wicket haul and other bowlers to claim victims were Harry Chapman-Walker, Graham Fitt and Matt Ryan. Josh King then claimed four wickets as the hosts had the visitors in a spot of bother at 40-4 but the tail wagged and the combination of Ryan and young Egbeer saw their side to a victory that sees them remain as one of only two top flight sides to still sport a 100 per cent record, the other side being Filleigh.Also in Division One, North Devon completed a May double over Beaford as they followed up their May 11 win with a nine-wicket success in the return at Instow. Jason Hayes claimed 4-26 and there were two wickets each for Stuart Rhodes and Matt Dart as Beaford closed on 148-9, Mark lake providing the only real score of distinction with 53. Alistair Crombie (75no) and Dan Pickard (41) then made sure that the victory march was as comfortable as they come, Pickard being replaced by James Starkey (18no) who was there at the end when the winning line was crossed. That's four straight wins for the Instow men who have beaten everything that's been out before them since an opening day defeat at the hands of Sandford.Reigning Champions Newton Tracey are in danger of being "one season wonders" in the top flight. The side, which came up from the second division to take the top flight by storm in their first season, have now lost each of their opening four games. They will take heart from the fact that their batsmen managed to get a decent score against a Sandford side that included former Zimbabwe test star Douglas Hondo. But the Newton Tracey offering of 220-8, of which Rob Gear hit 79, was passed with some comfort as the visitors claimed a seven-wicket win.In Division Two Westleigh slumped to a third successive defeat, beaten by six wickets by a Heathcoat side which has nestled neatly into the chasing pack behind the only 100 per cent side left in the section, Hatherleigh. Richard Pearson scored a fine half-century, but the remainder of the side couldn't muster too many between them and the innings closed on 155, Sixteen-year-old all rounder Sam Smith took three wickets for 16 and then hit 57 as hosts Heathcoat won with overs and wickets to spare.Filleigh II won again, beating Victoria Park by 108 runs. Mark Prideaux (88), Jaz Kalsi (49) and Andrew Collier (35) led their side to 259-8. Tom Anderson and Steve Oliver took three wickets each, but then the visitors were bowled out for 151. However, the final score represented a real fight-back, having been 10-5 at one stage. Number five bat Will Anderson was unbeaten on 64 at the close, Frazer James bagged three wickets and there were pairs of wickets for James Marsh, James Hill and Rob Collier.Bratton Fleming heaped yet more misery on Ilfracombe. This time last year, the Seasiders were plying their trade in the first division, but the way they have started this campaign, they may well find themselves in Division Three next summer. A fourth defeat in as many outings came with them being bowled out for 131, James Tapp claiming only the division's third 'fivefer' of the season. Skipper Paddy Dartnoll (30no) and the in form Ted Cumming (41no) then saw the hosts to a nine-wicket victory after opener Adam Paine had gone for 53.Barnstaple & Pilton II continued their fine start to the season and they remain, along with Shobrooke Park, the only sides in Division Three to sport a 100 per cent record. Bratton Fleming II batted first and were bowled out for 144, with the father and son combination of Steve and Ian Wheatley among the wicket takers. Wheatley senior, Steve, top-scored with an unbeaten 36, while George McEndoo hit 22 and Barum completed a five-wicket win.Holsworthy were celebrating their first win of the season with a three-wicket success over a North Devon II side which has now lost their last five in succession. Bob Heaman dominated the Instow side's innings with 61 of the team total of 116. Duncan Edwards claimed 3-15, Keith Drew 2-16, and other wickets fell to Steve Drew, Richard Godfrey and Andrew Butler. Then Edwards and Dave Gerry both scored 20 while Keith Drew chipped in with 13 and the hosts won with three wickets to spare.In Division Four Newton Tracey II picked up their first win of the season at Braunton where they beat Kelseymen by 91 runs. Ollie Symons hit a fine half century in his side's 186. Martin Lewis took 4-35 and 15-year-old off spinner Harry walker bagged 3-16 in nine splendid overs. Only Lewis offered any resistance with the bat, scoring 20 in a total off 95, Matthew Warren taking 4-19 and Mark Cowlings 3-19.The section's leaders Shebbear were denied action when their ground failed to recover from the severe overnight rain and the game with Bideford II was called off.Just one game survived in the basement Division. Halberton claimed a six-wicket win at home to North Molton II who were bowled out for 137 with Matt Geen top scoring with 42 and Chris Turner getting 35. Home skipper Dan Coles, Jeremy Turner and Will Austin each bagged a brace of wickets and then Coles (30), Hugh Sheridan (22) and an unbeaten 28 from Shaun O'Livey saw the Mid Devon side home.Black Torrington had to forfeit a second successive game when they couldn't raise an XI to travel to Filleigh III, and the Bradninch II trip to Witheridge to face Nomansland fell foul of a waterlogged outfield.