FORMER Somerset and England batsman Mark Lathwell could not get away in time to join the Braunton 1st XI at Alphington - which is how he came to be playing in a 2nd XI game at against Ipplepen. Lathwell hit an opening day century but that wasn't enough to

FORMER Somerset and England batsman Mark Lathwell could not get away in time to join the Braunton 1st XI at Alphington - which is how he came to be playing in a 2nd XI game at against Ipplepen.Lathwell hit an opening day century but that wasn't enough to force victory as Braunton ended just three runs short of the Ipplepen offering of 238 for six. Matt Quarterly cracked a superb 92 for the visitors in their total of 238 for six.Mark Johnson took three for 17 in 11 overs and Lathwell bagged a pair of wickets.The next best Braunton score went to 15-year-old Tom Rowbotham, who struck an excellent 28.Keith Wakeham (2-49) had Lathwell stumped shortly after reaching his century. The damage appeared to have been done by then as Braunton got down the last over needing four to win with four wickets in hand.Pens' skipper Simon Curling (3-9) bowled the final over and took three wickets in the first five balls without conceding a run.The last ball to the last man fizzed over the top of the middle stump, leaving the game drawn."What a great game of cricket," said Curling, who was a North Devon regular before moving away. "It was great to play against someone like Mark Lathwell and Braunton played the game in just the right spirit."You couldn't have wished for a much better finish, unless we had won of course.