Bideford’s title charge gathered steam on Saturday, while Filleigh gave themselves a boost in their battle for survival
Bideford thumped relegation worriers Thorverton by 127 runs to tighten their grip on top spot in the B Division.
Veteran opener James Ford made 95 and Jayson Bartolo 77 in Bideford’s total of 286 for five.
Ford and Bartolo put on 168 for the third wicket. Paul Heard (25) and Fred King (23) chipped in.
Thorverton were all out for 159. John Farley was second out on 95 for 34 and Alex Hills (44) went soon after at 105 for three.
Only Ben Coe (30) made more than a dozen as Martin Stewart (4-27) swept through the lower order.
Paul Heard, the Bideford skipper, said his side barely put a foot wrong all afternoon.
“James Ford led the way and Jayson Bartolo supported well with a half-century.
“Fred King and myself turned 240 into 280 with some late hitting.
“Our bowlers were disciplined and after 20 overs we had bowled them out the game and wickets were the objective.
“Martin Stewart and Michael Lemmings did the lower-order damage to gain us full points.”
Second-placed Abbotskerswell visit Westward Ho! on Saturday in what looks like a promotion and title decider for Bideford if they win.
Filleigh took another step closer to B Division survival with a nail-biting one-wicket win at Tavistock.
Tavistock got to 178 by the scenic route and were glad of an anchorman knock by opener Ian Gray for getting that far.
James White made 43 of the first 68 on the board and after that Gray took responsibility by making a patient 66 in a running total of 155 for six.
Sean Cleave moved the score along in the dying overs, tipping and running for 33 off 30 balls.
Jon Hickman (3-32) topped the wicket-taking list for Filleigh, although Ryan Bowden (1-21) and Connor Nosh (0-32) were economical for nine overs each.
Filleigh were clearly cruising at 124 for two – Jas Kalsi (59), Macaully Harrison-Hooton (23) and Justin Saker (35) in the runs – then it all went pear-shaped for the visitors.
A couple of run-outs spooked Filleigh, who then lost Nash second ball and three in a row to Cleave (3-25), who performed the hat-trick.
At 146 for nine there should only have been one winner – and it wasn’t Filleigh.
Skipper Simon Prideaux was still there though and got his head down with last man Hickman to win the game.
Prideaux hit James McGahey (3-33) for successive four to win the game and finish on 27 not out. Last man Hickman had 15.
Filleigh are 28 points clear of Thorverton in the second relegation place. Two more wins should be enough to keep them up.
Winning skipper Prideaux said he thought it was a good toss to win at first, but was having second thoughts when Tavvywere only one wicket down at drinks.
“We fielded well as a unit and built pressure, never letting the run rate get out of hand,” said Prideaux.
“John Hickman bowled through the pain barrier and pegged them back - and Ryan Bowden bowled another great spell.
“I thought 178 was about par, so we knew we had to bat well.
“We seemed to be absolutely cruising at 124 for two – then we lost seven wickets for 22 runs while Iwas at the other end wondering what was going on!
“John and I put on 33 to win – and when we did it was more a sense of relief than anything else.”
Filleigh are at home to struggling Barton this Saturday.