Bovey v Heathcoat

CRICKET: Much to play for going into the final third

Torbay Weekly

Cooler conditions, with clusters of intermittent drizzle, replaced last week’s scorching heat in week twelve of the Devon Cricket League.

In what has been an extraordinarily dry season, Paignton seemed to have suffered most from the limited number of weather interruptions and subsequent revised targets.

Bradninch became the latest beneficiary of this, and of Paignton’s ongoing inconsistencies.  Divyaansh Saxena (77) and Luke Medlock (61) guided them to a respectable 222-6, from a reduced 40 overs.

But a revised target of 166, after rain, was just enough for Bradninch. Tim Piper’s 72 significant in getting them home with one over to spare. Paignton remain eighth in the Premier Division.

Bovey Tracey are nine points above Paignton after defeat at home to Heathcoat. Bovey, noticeably light on bowling, never really got going with the bat. Heathcoat kept things tight and held their catches. Then batted sensibly in chasing down the 141 to win, by four wickets inside 38 overs.

Bovey travel to Hatherleigh (bottom) in week 13, as Paignton return home for a must-win game against Plymouth (9th).

North Devon’s lead at the top was extended to 18 points following their home win over second place Sandford.

Exmouth lead the A Division by 25 points after predictably beating Kilmington. Second are Plympton, who won by eight wickets at Barton. Barton limped to a disheartening 129 all out, which Plympton ably knocked off for the loss of only two wickets in the 24th over. Barton stay eighth.

Seaton looked like providing one of the biggest shocks of the season after bowling out Torquay for 118, at Court Lane. But Seaton are winless for a reason and once again disintegrated with the bat.

Somerset pro Sonny Baker was allowed to bowl for the first time since his winter injury, but it was Chris Kelmere (4-10) and Harry Passenger (4-9) who led the destruction with the ball. Seaton all out for 79. Torquay remain fourth.

Abbotskerswell lost at home to Budleigh Salterton, who chased down 181 to win for the loss of five wickets. Budleigh stay third and Abbots seventh.

Saturday sees Abbots travel to Exeter (5th). Torquay play Barton at The Rec.

737 runs were scored at Moor Road, as Ipplepen denied Dartington and Totnes a remarkable first B Division win of the season. Neil Hancock was his usual dominant self, blasting 172 off 106 balls with 21 fours and 9 sixes, in Ipplepen’s 386-6.

To Darts’ full credit, they came within 35 runs of winning. Madhav Narayan mimicking Hancock with his own 161. Ipplepen (4th) go to Bovey Tracey 2nds (top) on Saturday, as Darts play Cullompton.

Stoke Gabriel had a very successful weekend. Firstly, beating leaders Plymstock by 21 runs, in C Division West. Dan Bullock’s 4-27 helping restrict Plymstock’s run chase. On Sunday, Stoke reached the semi final of the county wide Corinthian Cup with a one run win at Whimple.

Teignmouth and Shaldon slipped to fourth after a 100-run loss at home to Ashburton. South Devon won only their second game in beating Kingsbridge.

Stoke (5th) now go to Ashburton. Teignmouth and Shaldon to Kingsbridge and South Devon travel to Yelverton.

Brixham are running away with D Division West. Win eleven was notched, by 114 runs, at Kenn after Tom Hopper’s second century of the summer (122) gave Brixham a rigid 323 to successfully defend.

Babbacombe remain fourth after beating Ivybridge 2nds. Brixham will pull further clear if they beat second place Plymstock 2nds on Saturday, when Babbacombe travel to Whitchurch Wayfarers.

Chelston and Kingskerswell are now one point off the lead in E Division West. Torquay 2nds away was their fifth straight win. They can go top if they beat Chudleigh next and hope Lewdown come unstuck at Chagford.

You can hear more local cricket on my radio show South Devon Sports Scene.  Broadcast on Riviera FM (107.9FM) and via every Wednesday evening from 6pm.