NORTH Devon III's youngsters did the Instow club proud on Sunday as they combined to great effect to claim a last ball victory in a thrilling contest with Lynton & Lynmouth II in Division Four of the North Devon Cricket League. The visitors posted a comp
NORTH Devon III's youngsters did the Instow club proud on Sunday as they combined to great effect to claim a last ball victory in a thrilling contest with Lynton & Lynmouth II in Division Four of the North Devon Cricket League. The visitors posted a competitive total of 226 thanks to a wonderful 122 from Peter Druce. At 180-2 a huge total looked on, but then the North Devon youngsters combined to take the final eight wickets for just 46 runs. Jack Gordon (2-22), Fergus O'Donnell (3-18) and Robert Mann (4-28) were the bowlers responsible for the 'about turn' in the match. Then another of the club's under-15 side, Tom Ansell, hit a top score of 59 and, as the last over began, the home team were level on 226-7. Lynton's Nick Constable whipped out two batsmen with the first couple of deliveries, sending last man Robert Mann to the wicket to join Dave Small. But the young Colt saved the hat-trick and the fourth and fifth deliveries were similar 'dot' balls, but the final delivery saw Mann take a single and the home team won a real thriller!Bideford and Newton Tracey both lost top flight games to Mid Devon opposition, although both Sandford and Bradninch did need substantial input from their overseas players to gain the wins that keep the pair one and two at the top of the table. Andy Chatham (60) and son Gary (33) were the principle run getters for Newton Tracey, who were bowled out for 195 before a Zimbabwean and an Australian both hit half centuries in a five-wicket win for visitors Bradninch.Former Zimbabwe Test player Douglas Hondo struck a maiden league century for Sandford as they posted a Creedy Park total of 243-8. Mike Warne bagged a brace of wickets for Bideford, who then made a great fist of the run chase, just coming up short on 227-9, with Dan Bowser (84) and Chris Luxton (41) the principle run getters. Filleigh won by 38 runs at Lynton & Lynmouth. Jamie Palmer, batting at number nine, cracked a 38-ball total of 66, Martyn Collier and Mark Williamson both scored 37 while five wickets fell to Ian Hobbs (5-51). Gary Henry and Palmer then both took three wicket hauls as the home reply floundered on 206-9.Division Two morning leaders Braunton were toppled from top spot, beaten by five wickets at Victoria Park, where the Bettis boys of father and two sons claimed the batting honours! Colin Bettis hit 34 and son Neil 33, but both were support acts to son Mark (63) in a total of 192-5 to overhaul the Braunton offering of 191-9 in which John Higgs (60) and Andy Paddison (46no) got the runs. Mick Cashmore, Chris Brigden and Dave Branch each took two wickets for the winners. Westleigh won for only the second time this term with a thrilling three run victory over Bratton Fleming. It was an all round show from both Richard Pearson and James Ford that proved the difference between the sides at the close of play. Pearson (37) and Ford (36) saw their side to a close of 155, Paul Jellicoe taking 3-44. Then, after Paddy Dartnoll had scored 44 and Pearson had claimed 4-22, Ford was left to bowl the final over of the game with the visitors last pair at the wicket and off the penultimate ball of the contest he claimed the wicket of Antony Brooks and Westleigh sealed their win.North Devon II won by eight wickets at Barnstaple & Pilton II in Division Three and this was a second successive defeat for a Barum side that, until the previous weekend, were sporting a 100% record. Rob Norton (44no) and Steve Moore (42) together with a half century of 'extras' took Barum to 179. Tom Stanton (55no), Jamie Overton (47no) and James Starkey (42) saw the Instow men to a comfortable win. The Drew brothers Steve and Keith were inspirational with bat and ball for Holsworthy, who claimed a 46- run win at Bratton Fleming. Steve hit 44 and took 2-39 while Keith struck an unbeaten 32 and took 3-25 as their side scored 198-9 and then bowled out their hosts for 152. Mark Taylor also chipped in with 40 whilst Duncan Edwards hit 25 and also bagged a brace of wickets for the victors.Ollie Simmons hit 24 to lead Newton Tracey to a seven wicket Division Four win at Bideford, where the home side were bowled out for 63. Both Josh Walker and Mark Cowling took three wickets.There was good news for Bishops Nympton as they claimed a second successive win in their bid to pull away from the basement area, with victory over Victoria Park II. After John Verney (52) and Neilo Lockhead (45) had combined to take their side to 151-9, Andy Farrant taking 3-29, Victoria Park made a great effort at the run chase and reached the final over needing 11 runs to win. But Mark Chaplin (2-28) delivered a perfect over and despite Tim Lane's 41 the reply closed seven runs shy. Black Torrington managed to field an XI at last! They were forced to call off their Saturday game at Nomansland, but they did field a team 24 hours later -going down by six wickets to table topping Halberton, who bowled them out for 92. Filleigh III banked 20 points without bowling a single delivery when Bradninch II, for the second time this term, failed to raise an XI for the game.