Title for Halberton, first win for Cherries

Joseph Bulmer

THE spotlight in the Farm and Cottage Holidays North Devon Cricket League was this week taken by a couple of Mid Devon based teams.

Halberton secured the Division Three title despite losing by four wickets at home to Sandford II, while Cheriton Fitzpaine won for the first time in their penultimate Division Five fixture of the season.

Division One

The only Division One game scheduled was at Filleigh, where Heathcoat were due to visit, but it fell victim to the weather.

It was a disappointing way for Filleigh to complete their fixtures and was also the fifth time they have suffered a weather driven cancellation this season – more than any other top flight side.

Not playing also ended any hopes of Heathcoat avoiding a bottom place finish. Last season’s champions have lost as few games as the current table toppers Bideford, but they sit bottom owing to having had a bundle of points deducted for playing unregistered players and are now destined to play back in Division Two next season.

Division Two

Neither of the scheduled Division Two games were played, one weather hit and the other owing to a team being unable to raise an eleven.

For the sixth time this season - more than any other team throughout the league -Lynton and Lynmouth suffered a rain cancellation of their home game with Weare Giffard.

Morebath were once again unable to raise a side for their scheduled trip to Victoria Park and that ‘win’ for Park secures their second tier place for another season, while Morebath are heading for a second successive relegation.

Division Three

Halberton clinched the Division Three title despite going down by four wickets at home to Sandford II.

Adrian Hills hit an unbeaten 72 to lead Halberton to 182-6. Sean Cockram (3-25) and Simon Ashplant (2-33) were the main wicket takers for the visitors, who got home on 185-6, led there by Sean Hawkins (33) and Simon Ashplant (32no). Max Ansell was the most successful Halberton bowler with 2-32.

Halberton’s Richard Durrant said: “We can’t wait to try our luck in Division Two. It’s great to think that we could be locking horns with the likes of Heathcoat next season. To welcome them to our Samford Peverell home would be a great honour.”

North Devon II were comfortable winners against nine man Bude. Batting first, it was a Dan Bowser century (101) and a knock of 74 from Dan Pickard, plus 45 from Richard Clark, that took the Instow side to 286-8. Bude were then bundled out for 111 with only Ben Purcell making much of an impression with 26. The wicket taking duties were shared around, the best of the figures being 2-26 from five overs by Fergus O’Donnell.

Division Four

Westleigh’s Division Four promotion dreams were ended when they came up against a North Devon 111 side which included the talented Overton twins.

Lee Merrick top scored with 40 in a Westleigh total of 124 that was passed with consummate ease by the visitors for the loss of just two wickets.

Division Five

There was a first win, at the 13th time of trying, for Cheriton Fitzpaine who defeated Ilfracombe by 42 runs.

Cherries skipper Ben Coe struck an unbeaten 112 to lead the Mid Devon men to 257-4. Callum McKenchie chipped in with 51 and Jim Cutler contributed 42. Mark Cavanagh took 2-68 for 10-man Ilfracombe, who were then bowled out for 215. Jamie Woodger top scored with 57 and Jamie Sutton hit an unbeaten 44 while Andy Hartley took 3-29 with his off-spin and Will Carr picked up 3-58.

Barnstaple and Pilton III were two wicket winners at Heathcoat II, where they won with 138-8 in response to the Knightshayes side’s 136 all out. Will Brown (43) and Chris Salter (25) were the principle run scorers for the hosts. Salter then claimed four wickets in a losing cause as Barum claimed a sixth success of the season.

Bratton Fleming II were 43 run winners at home to Nomansland. Batting first, Mark Tucker (54) was the principle provider of runs for the hosts with James Hope taking 3-5 for the visitors. Matt Weeks then top scored with 27 as the reply floundered on 89. James Thomas took 4-11 and there was a fine spell from 16-year-old Mitchell Bryan who finished with figures of 3-20.

Division One:

Filleigh versus Heathcoat – no play rain.

Division Two:

Lynton and Lynmouth versus Weare Giffard – no play rain.

Victoria Park versus Morebath. Morebath unable to raise a side. Victoria Park (20pts) bt Morebath (0) w/o.

Division Three:

Halberton 182-6 (A Hills 72no, D Coles 18; S Cockram 3-25, S Ashplant 2-33), Sandford II 185-6 (S Hawkins 33, S Ashplant 32no; M Ansell 2-32, D Coles 1-4_). Sandford (20pts) bt Halberton (6) by 4 wkts.

North Devon II 286-8 (D Bowser 101, D Pickard 74, R Clarke 45; Hocking 2-19, Drew 2-46), Bude 111 (B Purcell 26; F O’Donnell 2-26). North Devon (20pts) bt Bude (0) by 175 runs.

Division Four:

Westleigh 124 (L Merrick 40), North Devon III 125-2 (J Overton 60no). North Devon III (20pts) bt Westleigh (2) by 8 wkts.

Division Five:

Bratton Fleming II 132-9 (M Tucker 54; J Hope 3-5), Nomansland 89 (M Weeks 27; J Thomas 4-11, M Bryan 3-20). Bratton Fleming (20pts) bt Nomansland (6) by 43 runs.

Cheriton Fitzpaine 257-4 (B Coe 112no, C McKenchie 56, J Cutler 42; M Cavanagh 2-68), Ilfracombe 215-9 ( J Woodger 57, J Sutton 44no; A Hartley 3-29, W Carr 3-58). Cheriton Fitzpaine (20pts) bt Ilfracombe (8) by 42 runs.

Heathcoat II 136 (W Brown 43, C Salter 25), Barnstaple and Pilton III 138-8 (C Salter 4-39). Barnstaple and Pilton (20pts) bt Heathcoat (8) by 2 wkts.