There were runs and high scores abound across much of the county in week six of the Devon Cricket League but only a small portion of the feast came the way of our local sides.
In A Division, congratulations go to Barton and Abbotskerswell for turning round recent disappointments with valuable wins on the road.
Barton efficiently halted Budleigh Salterton’s run chase 20 runs short of its target at The Ottermouth with three wickets each for Stuart Bowker and Adam Parker.
Abbotskerswell were delighted with a five-wicket win at Thorverton. Smiling widest was Eddie Smout-Cooper whose magnificent 152 not out drove them home by five wickets, with four overs to spare.
Torquay suffered a sobering 241 run setback at Exeter, although in mitigation, they were missing five regulars.
Torquay remain second but Exmouth are firming up as title favourites after another jaw-dropping win.
South African run machine Jason Niemand hit a brutal 194 off 110 balls, including 30 fours and six sixes.
Fellow opener James Horler bagged 125 in their 417-8.
Another huge opening stand of 292 for the talented pair with Exmouth trouncing beleaguered Seaton by 325 runs!
Exmouth’s total was temporarily another new league record to top the 404 they set themselves in May at Kilmington.
Plympton, however, were in the process of amassing something even bigger – a mammoth innings of 482-3, again at Kilmington.
Elliot Hamilton scored 208 not out and Justin Wubbeling 154, sharing a new record second wicket stand of 280.
Barton welcome Exmouth to Cricketfield Road on Saturday as Torquay play Kilmington at home and Abbotskerswell travel to Seaton.
In the Premier Division, Paignton’s recent good form also took a check, with an eight-wicket loss to Sandford at a sunny Queen’s Park.
Divyaansh Saxena provided a solid enough foundation with 44 but found little support from those around him.
Paignton limped to 129 all out, which the visitors knocked off for the loss of just two wickets in the 29th over.
Paignton have dropped to joint fifth place, level pegging with their next opponents Cornwood.
Champions Heathcoat experienced their first loss at the hands of North Devon, who are surprising and impressing many – definitely worth keeping a close eye on them as they hover a point off the top spot.
In the B Division, Ipplepen slipped up at Tavistock but are second in the table. They travel next to eighth-placed Cullompton.
Dartington and Totnes are now well adrift at the foot of the table following loss number six at the hands of Bridestowe, who also joined the day’s 400 club. Leon Horn struck 200 in their 405-6 to set up a very straightforward 219 run win.
Difficult to see much changing next time for Darts as they go to top-of-the-league Bovey Tracey 2nds.
Teignmouth and Shaldon predictably took the local spoils in Newton Abbot to consign South Devon to a sixth straight C Division West loss.
They now hope their first win will be at Plymouth 2nds on Saturday.
Teignmouth and Shaldon travel to Stoke Gabriel, who are sixth after beating Cornwood 2nds.
In D Division West, Brixham are clear at the top after comfortably beating second place Barton 2nds by 185 runs at Cricketfield Road.
They will look to consolidate this position when Plympton 2nds visit North Boundary Road in week seven.
Hatherleigh 2nds come to Walls Hill to play mid table Babbacombe, who lost at Plymstock 2nds by five wickets.
Chelston and Kingskerswell are sixth in E Division West as they head down to Plymouth CS and Roborough.
This follows a home win over Tavistock 2nds.
Meanwhile, their seconds play at home to St. Marychurch Old Boys in the H Division West.
You can hear more local cricket on my radio show South Devon Sports Scene. Broadcast on Riviera FM (107.9FM) and via www.riviera.fm/live every Wednesday evening from 6pm.
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