THERE were a number of surprises in the North Devon Farm and Cottage Holidays Cricket League this week, including a first defeat for Division 1 leaders Newton Tracey and first wins for both Lynton and Lynmouth II and Barnstaple and Pilton III.
Individual performances were led by the aptly named Oliver Wicket, who slammed no fewer than 22 sixes in a mammoth 232-run innings that steered Shebbear to Division 2 victory at home to Weare Giffard.
Newton Traceyâ€™s first defeat was by 29 runs at home to Braunton in a game reduced to 35-overs per side owing to the weather.
Barney Huxtable was the all-round match winner for the visitors. He top scored with 91 and Ian Roberts weighed in with 58 in a Braunton total of 215-8 and then claimed 3-45 as the hosts were bowled out for 186, only Martin Gear making much of a batting impression with 54.
North Devon struck a resounding eight wicket win over visiting Heathcoat. The Mid Devon side were restricted to 176-8, with Chris Small unbeaten on 97 at the close, as Tom Ansell took 3-31 and Dan Bowser 2-26. Bowser then hit 70 before being trapped leg before by Small as he and Glen Querl (76no) saw the Instow men to a comfortable victory.
Ollie Wicket opened the batting for Shebbear in their home game with Weare Giffard and he was finally out on 232 with just four overs remaining. Charlie Neilson added 90 as the home side set a daunting 364-3. Weare Giffard managed 186-5 in their reply.
Basement side Shobrooke Park banked only a second win with a five wicket home success over Victoria Park.
The game at Beaford, where Incorrigbles were due to appear, fell to a waterlogged surface, the second game running that the Witheridge side have suffered a washout.
There was a run fest when the morningâ€™s top two Division Three sides met at Sampford Peverell.
The superb batting strip prepared by Fred Harding saw Halberton and visiting Bratton Fleming rack up 675 runs for the loss of just 10 wickets.
Dan Coles hit his third century of the league season for Halberton, scoring exactly 100, while John Chilcott struck 96 â€“ the pair putting on 178 for the first wicket. Tom Sambrook later plundered an unbeaten 87 off just 44 deliveries and the hosts closed on 359-6.
Oliver Hunt, who had bagged a brace of wickets for Bratton, then hit their top score in the reply with a knock of 95. Steven Ayre hit 74no and Paddy Dartnoll 49 as the valiant run chase ended on 315-4. The result sees Halberton stay top of the table.
Newton Tracey II kept up their challenge with a seven wicket win at Sandford II, where John Turner took 4-25 to bowl out the Creedy Park side for 187, Bradley Discombe (54), Chris Theedom (32) and Ben Hancock (32), top scoring for the Mid Devon side. John Walmsley then hit 63 as he and Graham Persson (48) led the visitorsto victory. Ash Baker bagged a brace of wickets for the hosts.
Harvey James (4-12) and Jack Wakeley (3-19), combined for Filleigh II to bundle out visiting Holsworthy for a meagre 54 inside 22 overs. Josh Curtis struck 15 of the visitors runs. Young McCauley Harrison-Hooton scored 29no and Ieuan Davies hit a winning six as Filleigh reached their target with all wickets standing.
Bude bagged only their second win of the season with a 69 run success at home to Bideford II. Ben Purcell (76), Warren Rumble (57) and Mark McManus (53), combined to see Bude to 263-7. Fred King took 2-34 for the visitors who were then led to a total of 194 by Paul Shepherd (44). Andrew De Rosa was the most successful home bowler with 3-28.
Lynton and Lynmouth II claimed their first Division 4 win of the season as they defeated visiting Barnstaple and Pilton II by six wickets.
Dave Orr (87) and Martin Ash (52) saw Barum to 252-6. Pete Druce claimed 2-22 for the home side, who were then led to a comfortable victory by a superb 143 not out from Lawrence May, with Barnaby Hayward also unbeaten on 35.
Belstone were seven wicket winners at Braunton Kelsey, where they bundled the hosts out for just 70.
Gary Brook (18) and Andrew Parker (12), were the only home batsmen to make any sort of headway as Tom Foggerty (3-15), Callum Mallett (2-2), Tom Boother (2-5) and John Parsons (2-16) joined forces. Scott Tremain then hit 36 as Belstone lost just three wickets in the victory stroll. Young Taylor Latham bagged two of the wickets to fall.
Lewis Harris claimed 4-12 as Petrockstowe bowled out visiting North Devon III for 77. Bob Heaman top scored for the Instow side with 24. An unbeaten 37 from Lee Cockwill saw the hosts to victory. Dom Berry bagged two of the three wickets to fall.
Victoria Park II were beaten in a close encounter with North Molton. Andy Jeffrey (72) and Tim Lane (17) led Victoria Park to 156-8. Paul Ley (4-41) and James Tapp (3-23) claimed wickets for North Molton who sealed victory on 157-7 led there by Dominic Ford (58) and Harry Briggs (48). The Victoria Park bowlers to have most success were a pair of 15-year olds. Kieran Soper took 3-14 and Paul Schiller claimed 3-38.
Ilfracombe made short work of visiting Cheriton Fitzpaine, bowling them out for just 51 inside 31 overs and then taking just eight overs to complete a seven wicket win. Nigel Crick (10) was the only Cheriton batsman into double figures as Jason Newman (3-5), Jamie Sutton (3-13), Mark Cavanagh (2-19) and Dan Brierley (1-0 in six overs) took wickets.
The hosts then juggled their batting order, losing three wickets in the run chase, with two of them falling to Andrew Hartley. Nathan Townsend clubbed an unbeaten 26 and there was a cameo knock of 16 from his uncle Mark Creek.
Barnstaple and Pilton III struck their first win of the season with a 17 run victory over Bratton Fleming II.
Andre Barton played the match winning performance. He topped scored with 78 as he and Brian Roe (57no) led Barum to 186-6. Adam Paine (44) and Pat Crane (43) led the run chase, but 3-12 from Barton helped dismiss the visitors for 159.
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