North Devon bounce back
Defending champions North Devon bounced back from their defeat by Bovey Tracey with a crushing eight-wicket win at Torquay.
At full-strength North Devon’s bowling attack operates with Somerset’ Overton twins – Craig and Jamie - as well as Mashonaland and Unicorns pacer Glenn Querl – and it was just Torquay’s bad luck that all three were available.
Querl took 4-16, Jamie Overton 3-21 and Craig Overton 1-19 off nine overs as Torquay limped to 119 all out in the 41st of 44 overs.
Matt Thompson top scored with 23 and when he was fourth out at 65 a combination of Joe Thompson (17) and Ben Passenger (19 not out) kept the bowling at bay for a while.
North Devon lost Rob Ayre to Ian Baker in the second over and Jason Hayes to the same bowler with the score in 29.
Any hopes of a fightback Torquay may have harboured were shattered as Dan Bowser (52 not out) and Craig Overton (50 not out) put on 92 unbroken as North Devon cruised home with 15 overs to spare.
North Devon move up a notch from fifth to fourth while Torquay’s one-point return means they drop to one above the relegation zone.
Exmouth won a thriller at Sidmouth by two wickets when Akeal Hosein hoisted a six off Sam Anderson to clinch victory with three balls to spare.
Sidmouth were all out for 205 in the last of their 50 overs – Anthony Griffiths hitting the top score of 61.
Matt Cooke made 45 of the first 64 on the board, then Josh Bess chipped in with 39 towards a stand of 69 with Griffiths for the fourth wicket.
Pick of the bowlers with 3-52 was George Greenway, although Jamie Tapper (2-27) and Trevor Anning (2-34) gave little away.
Exmouth looked dead and buried at 147 for seven after losing Andy Buzza (34) and Lawrence Greenway (12) in quick succession.
West Indian U19 star Hosein wouldn’t be moved though and in partnership with Phil Anning (19) wiped off another 38.
George Greenway was at the other end when Hosein hit Anderson out of the ground to seal victory.
Exmouth stay tucked in behind leaders Bovey Tracey, who have a five-point advantage while Sidmouth drop down to fifth as North Devon went past them courtesy of an eight-wicket win at Torquay.
Time is running out for Heathcoat to dodge the drop from the Premier Division after yet another defeat, this time by seven wickets on run rate at the hands of leaders Bovey Tracey.
Sam Smith’s 37 was one of just two double-figure scores – Tom Frankpitt’s ten was the other – as Heathcoat processed to 108 all out
A rain break forced the teams off while Bovey were batting, and meant a revised run-rate calculated target of 104 to win. Bovey reached it with time on their hands.
Heathcoat struggled early on against Neil Hancock (3-22) and were spun out by Devon captain Chris Bradley (4-21) as they slumped from 66 for three to 91 for eight.
Bovey lost openers Pete Bradley and Lewis Hammett one after the other on 18 and Chris Bradley lbw to James Drew on 55. Hancock (53 not out) and Delon Mullins (12 not) put on 49 unbroken to win it.
Bradninch skipper Gary Chappell heaped praise on batsmen James Street and Matt Golding after they clinched eight-wicket win in the derby clash with Sandford.
Sandford were all out for 129 in the 41st over – opener Russell Discombe top scoring on 33.
Sandford didn’t get the best of starts – opener Dave Dredge was out in Dan Milligan’s first over – and George Greed didn’t detain the scorers for long either.
At 36 for three with Ryan Glass out for three – a second scalp for Ross Acton (2-23) – Sandford had a fight on their hands.
Acton, Chappell (3-20) and Milligan kept the lid on Sandford from start to finish.
Discombe, supported by Matt Theedom (19) and Ben Clements (12), stayed there until Will Squire prised him out at 89 for six.
Luke Wright (13 not out) and Simon Ashplant (13) kept the score limping along until the returning Milligan (3-37) knocked over the tail.
Bradninch had an early casualty of their own – Paul Tweddle bowled by Wright for a duck – but there the similarity ended.
Street (57) and Golding (56 not out) wiped off 123 between them, leaving Acton (6 not out) to see Bradninch over the line in the 27th over.
Plymouth’s Premier Division game against Budleigh Salterton was called off due to a waterlogged pitch – yet they still managed to move one place up the table.
For the six points awarded for a cancellation were five more than Torquay got for losing against North Devon, which dropped the Seasiders one place below Plymouth.