Budleigh skipper fires broadside
Budleigh Salterton skipper Joel Murphy has warned his players they are heading for the A Division unless results start to improve in a hurry.
Arch rivals Exmouth defeated Budleigh by 124 runs to send leave seaside neighbours nine points away from safety in the Premier Division bottom two.
The halfway stage of the season arrives this Saturday when Budleigh take on fellow strugglers Plymouth.
David Lye hit 83 – he and skipper Richard Baggs (52) put on 120 for the third wicket – and with Akeal Hosein (31) and Trevor Anning (37) chipping in a Exmouth had a defendable total.
Murphy (4-35) was the only bowler to emerge with much credit apart from Gammy Amarasinghe, who had one for 35 off ten.
Budleigh quickly declined to 50 for six in reply – Hosein (3-32) and Jamie Tapper (2-26) largely responsible – but struggled on to 134 all out thanks to Murphy (31) and Lloyd Murrin (22) getting runs down the order.
Heathcoat’s situation at the foot of the Premier Division table took a turn for the worse when the lost on run-rate in a rain-affected game against Sidmouth.
Skipper Chris Small hit a top score of 68 not out in Heathcoat’s all-out total of 139 for seven.
Only Tom Frankpitt with 20 – he and Small put on 52 for the fifth wicket – and Paul Elliot (14) reached double figures apart from the skipper.
The wickets were shared around by Sidmouth with two each for Sam Anderson, Will Murray and Liam Lewis on his return to the club he captained last season.
Sidmouth lost opened Josh Bess for a duck in the second over and were 21 for two when Elliot (2-34) knocked over Anderson, who had scored every run so far!
Anthony Griffiths with 43 in his new slot at number three and Lewis (41 not out) took the total to 118 for two in the 33rd over when rain stopped play with Sidmouth so far ahead of the clock it was game over.
Heathcoat are now 40 points adrift at the bottom with the halfway stage about to arrive in the shape of a trip to table-topping Bovey Tracey.
Bradninch skipper Gary Chappell said you have to take the rough with the smooth after his side were rained off at Plymouth.
Bradninch had reached 195 for seven in 50 overs – Max Furnie making a patient 68 on his seasonal bow – and Plymouth were 39 for two when the rain set in.
Furnie opened up for Bradninch and stayed out there for 159 minutes and 128 balls making his 68. His 50 came off 95 deliveries and included five boundaries.
Ross Acton made 25 – he and Furnie put on 38 for the second wicket - and there was a stand of exactly 50 with Chappell (34) for the fifth wicket.
Henry Bennett (4-30) finally squirmed one through Furnie’s defence at 182 for six, then followed up with the wicket of Joe Webb.
Plymouth lost opener Ben Stein for an 11-ball duck when Acton rapped him in front and James Toms soon after for five.
Callum Whittaker (4) and Chris Barr (20) were the not out batsman when the terminal downpour arrived.
Bovey Tracey underlined their title pretentions with a four-wicket win over defending champions North Devon.
North Devon appeared to be heading for a heavy defeat at Neil Hancock (4-28), with some assistance from skipper Chris Bradley (2-3) had hustled them out for 81.
When Bovey were 67 for two in reply it looked like game over: then Jamie Overton toof four wickets in five balls – including a hat-trick - and suddenly it was game on.
Hancock kept a cool head while those around him were starting to worry and smashed Craig Overton for a couple of boundaries on his way to a match-winning 47 not out.
Victory puts Bovey Tracey seven points clear of Exmouth at the top of the table. North Devon drop back to fifth, some 35 points off the pace as the halfway stage of the season approaches.
For North Devon the game started badly with opener Dan Bowser caught on the rebound by Charlie Carter in the gully after a ball from Hancock nicked his bat then rebounded at speed off keeper Hammett’s pads!
Sandford moved two places away from the Premier Division drop zone when they beat Torquay on run-rate in a rain-affected game at Creedy Park.
Torquay were bowled out for 136 in the 44th of their 50 overs – new signing Mark Gilmour from Brixham making 34 after coming in at 61 for six.
A succession of Torquay batsmen – Brandon Handley (24), Mawgan Penrice (17) and Matt Thompson (10) – got in, got set and got out again.
Jamie Palmer (2-19) did the early damage, Matt Theedom (3-25) accounted for the Thompson brothers and Nick Watkin, then Simon Ashplant (4-8) got among the rest.
Sandford seemed to be going along nicely at 49 for one – Russ Discombe (20) and Toby Lochead (30) on top of the bowling – then trouble arrived
Someset spinner Max Waller (3-35) took three in a row, then Aqeel Ahmed joined in as Sandford plunged to 61 for five.
The rot stopped with Theedom (11) and Ben Clement (45) putting on 57 for the sixth wicket as the game swung Sandford’s way. Clement only faced 22 balls and it four of them for six and three more for four.
It wasn’t over yet though as Nick Watkin had Clement caught by Aqeel and followed up with Theedom and Ashplant as 118 for five became 125 for eight.
Luke Wright (5no) and Chris Blake (4no) held out long enough for the rain to arrive with Sandford eight runs short on paper but over the line on run-rate.