There were mixed fortunes for North Devon’s Tolchards Devon Cricket League B Division teams on Saturday
Bideford are up to third in the B Division table following their 83-run win over 10-man Ottery St Mary.
Opener Matt Shepherd top scored with 45 for Bideford in their total of 178 for nine in a 30-over game.
Shepherd and James Ford (21) opened up with 59 and there were contributions lower down from Ollie Hannam (25) and Jamie Lathwell (22no).
Lathwell and Josh Atkinson (11) put on 30 for the ninth wicket in the dying overs.
Dan Jeacock (3-38) picked up some late Bideford wickets. Ollie Reed (2-17) and Jody Clements (2-18) kept the scoring down in the middle overs.
Ottery were all out for 95 with an over to go – Clements top scoring on 21.
Seamers Paul Heard and Fred King were mean with the new ball and when Ottery tried raising the tempo wickets fell to Lathwell (3-12).
After Clements and Jeacock (13) were broken up – they put on 42 for the third wicket – batters came and went regularly.
Jack Ford hastened Ottery’s demise with three tail enders for 20 runs.
Heard said Ottery’s positive attitude – and that of the umpires – enabled the game to go on.
On how the game panned out, Heard said: “We struggled in the middle order to find gaps, but the lower order did well.
“We managed 176 which was about par I thought.
“When we bowled we were disciplined and picked up wickets without conceding many runs.
“Jack Ford came on and picked up three at the end to make sure we bowled them out.”
Bideford have the chance to get ahead of Shobrooke Park and claim second place this Saturday when the two teams clash at Westward Ho!
Ottery, who are rock bottom and already 16 points adrift, are away to Tavistock.
Filleigh are still looking for a first league win of the season following their 53-run reversal at home to leaders Ipplepen.
Pens were all out for 197 with eight balls to come, which cost them a batting bonus point.
Filleigh seemed out of it at 53 for six – Will Gornall (4-35) and Paul Thomas (3-29) – doing most of the damage – but fought back while Justin Saker and Connor Nash put on 52.
Once Pens’ veteran spinner Keith Wakeham (3-26) broke the stand it was downhill all the way to 144 all out for Filleigh.
Filleigh are winless since being promoted into the division and currently in the third relegation spot.
Simon Prideaux, the Filleigh captain, is confident once the team gets both elements of the game sorted results will improve.
“Our bowlers are performing well and containing teams to what we feel are below-par scores,” said Prideaux.
“Our batting is just not firing. All the batsman are searching for form and leaving much too much for the lower order to do.”
Opener Jack Lewis was Ipplepen’s anchorman with a steady 47 that saw them over early problems at 39 for three.
A stand of 78 with captain Sam Wakeham (63) was the backbone of the Ipplepen total.
Lewis was sixth out at 171, having added a further 37 with Matt Quartley (29) to get there.
Filleigh’s Ryan Bowden kept it tight for nine overs that only costr 25 runs. James Marsh opened his account by having Lewis caught behind and went on to finish with five for 44.
Without Saker’s application, he went in a two for one in the second over, Filleigh would have been all out sooner.
Saker’s stand of 52 with Nash (34) kept the game alive after Thomas and Gornall had done the damage.
The return of Jon Hickman this Saturday for the trek to Seaton will further strengthen Filleigh’s bowling department.
Prideuax s also pleased to see Macauley Harrison-Hooton is home from university.
“He has been playing up there and hopefully can some of his form with him,” said Prideaux.