Trusted trio help the champs bounce back

DEFENDING champions North Devon bounced back from their defeat by Bovey Tracey with a crushing eight-wicket win at Torquay.

At full-strength North Devon’s bowling attack operates with Somerset’ Overton twins – Craig and Jamie - as well as Mashonaland and Unicorns pacer Glenn Querl – and it was just Torquay’s bad luck all three were available.

Querl took four for 16, Jamie Overton three for 21 and Craig Overton one for 19 off nine overs as Torquay limped to 119 all out in the 41st of 44 overs. Matt Thompson top scored with 23 and when he was out at 65 a combination of Joe Thompson (17) and Ben Passenger (19no) kept the bowling at bay for a while.

North Devon lost Rob Ayre to Ian Baker in the second over and Jason Hayes to the same bowler with the score on 29. But any hopes of a fightback Torquay may have harboured were shattered as Dan Bowser (52no) and Craig Overton (50no) put on 92 unbroken as North Devon cruised home with 15 overs to spare.

North Devon move up a notch from fifth to fourth while Torquay’s one-point return means they drop to one above the relegation zone.

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l BRAUNTON must have been sick of the sight of Paignton all-rounder Seb Benton after he did his best to beat them single-handed!

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Braunton were all out for 190 at Queens Park, which looked like a defendable total.

Jas Kalsi (41) and Tom Mitcham (12) had given the Kelseymen a 52-run start and a further stand of 50 between Kalsi and Ian Roberts (26) for the third wicket helped the score along.

Benton got his off-breaks out to have a bowl and picked up four for 63 as Braunton faded in the second half. Stephen George did his bit from the other end, taking four for 40.

Paignton won at a canter, with opener Benton batting through for an undefeated 112. It was his third league ton of the season.

Benton and Connor Bryan (19) put on 55 for the first wicket. After Alex Hodges (1-24) removed Bryan, South African Brady Barends (41no) joined Benton to knock off the rest in an unbroken stand of 134.

Braunton entertain Abbotskerswell this Saturday.

l BARNSTAPLE came a cropper by five wickets away to fast-improving Barton.

Barton’s Stuart Bowker took his wicket tally to 17 in the last four games with four more as BP were limited to 184 for nine.

Andy Barton (43) and Brady Saunders (42) put on 77 for B&P’s second wicket then Ed Yeo clattered 43 not out at the end.

It wasn’t just Bowker who was among the wickets as Damon Calland took four for 58.

Barton went off like a pistol shot with Shaun Needham reaching 50 off 50 balls as they raced to 79 for one. Harry Moores (64) and Calland (16) knocked up another 52, Parker made 21 and by the time Moores got out the target was 13, which Tom Drake and Greg Shelton took care of.

Jack Popham (3-58) and Steve Moore (2-38) took the wickets.

Barnstaple are back at Taw Meadow this Saturday for a local tussle with leaders Hatherleigh.

l HATHERLEIGH are fresh from beating Chudleigh in a top-of-the-table clash.

It seemed to be going Chudleigh’s way after Ben Holmes (4-39) and Rob Clarke (3-22) had removed the home side for 142. After Simon Gillespie (23) and Andy Collier (37 had dipped into the run pool, Hatherleigh lost their last five wickets for 26 runs.

Chudleigh, with Divan Marais (51) going along nicely, were 83 for two and seemingly in the driving seat. Then it all started to go wrong. Mark Lake (3-25), Steve Leatheran (2-26), a run-out and two cheap wickets for Gillespie saw Chudleigh bowled out for 119.

Not only had Chudleigh surrender top spot to Hatherleigh, they drop down to third as Barton went past them.

l BIDEFORD were involved in a thrilling finish against visiting Ottery, who were two runs away from a win.

Skipper and opener James Ford was Bideford’s anchorman with 58 runs off 137 balls and was eighth man out in a final total of 189 for nine.

Along the way Ford shared in a stand of 94 with Will Barratt, who made 55 off 60 balls. No one else made more than 10.

Ottery’s Rob Johns picked up four for 42 and there were three wickets for 28 runs in 12 tidy overs for Will Harrison.

Ottery recovered from being nine for two thanks to Adrian Pullin (34), George Biggs (33) and Jack Pritchard (61) nibbling away at the deficit.

The key knock was Pritchard’s as his 61 off 48 balls, which included a stand of 37 for the sixth wicket with skipper Jody Clements (28 off 11 balls) got Bideford up with the clock.

The last over arrived with Pritchard and Harrison together, Ford bowling his off-spin and five needed to win.

Ottery shaved three off the target then Pritchard departed caught and bowled to the fourth ball.

Joe Birch couldn’t put bat to ball and Ottery closed on 188 for nine.

l FILLEIGH slipped a little closer to the D Division basement after suffering a 39-run loss against Plymouth CS&R.

Jason Williams hit a half century to lead CS&R to 194-8.

John Davey, John Hickman and Ryan Bowden each bagged a brace of wickets for Filleigh who were then bowled out for 154 despite a fine 59 from Simon Prideaux.

James Sharpe claimed 5-38 for Plymouth Civil Service and Roborough.

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