Washout weekend for North Devon Cricket League

Joseph Bulmer

THERE was action in just one of the Week 18 matches of the Farm and Cottages North Devon Cricket League on Sunday, that being the Division Five game at Cheriton Fitzpaine, where the village club’s groundsman Mike Foan rarely lets a little rain stop him staging a match!

Paddy Blake had a fine all-round day for the Cherries, despite defeat at the hands of visiting Bishops Nympton. Blake top scored with 22 and Mike Foan hit 17 in the Cherries total of 99 all out.

Jonathan Symons took 3-5 for the visitors, who then got home for the loss of just three wickets, two of which fell to Blake, who was also responsible for the other with a fine throw to complete a run-out. John Verney hit an unbeaten 32 and Michael Burrows was unbeaten on 35 when the win was sealed.

One other Division Five game escaped the rain as it was played on Saturday. This saw Filleigh III secure a seven wicket win over Nomansland.

Paddy Treweeke (3-25) and Karl Shaw (2-21) combined to bowl the Witheridge side out for 109. Sebastian Le Barth then hit an unbeaten 70 and Tim Henry chipped in with 20 as Filleigh completed a comfortable win.

Play was possible either side of the tea interval at only one other game on a miserable Sunday, where rain hit every match.

In the top flight they managed a dozen overs at Braunton, where the home side were 46-1 against Sandford when rain took charge.

They waited until 3.20pm to make a start at Bideford, where North Devon faced just 15 balls before play was abandoned for the day with the visitors 8-0.

There was not a single ball bowled at Newton Tracey v Heathcoat) or Filleigh v Hatherleigh.

Nor was there any play in Division Two at Beaford v Shobrooke Park, Weare Giffard v Shebbear or Morebath v Victoria Park, although they did managed five overs at Witheridge, where Barnstaple and Pilton were 20-2 against Incorrigibles when then weather took over.

They reached tea at Sandford II, where Filleigh were bowled out for 188, with David Boyd scoring 41, Charles Cullen 28 and Jonathan Ley 26. Brian Leach claimed 6-29 for the Creedy Park side, but then the heavens opened and no further play was possible.

At Halberton the home side were 44-0 after 11 overs when rain intervened in their game with Newton Tracey II and there was even less play at North Devon II, where Bratton Fleming were the visitors.

Division Four was a washout, with no action at Barnstaple and Pilton II v Petrockstowe, North Molton v Westleigh and Victoria Park II v Kelseymen.

They managed half a Division Five game at Heathcoat, where Bratton Fleming II were bowled out for 67, but only a pair of overs were possible post tea before the weather claimed another match.