Feniton win at Yelverton and edge close to overhauling Ottery St Mary

PUBLISHED: 13:22 18 August 2011 | UPDATED: 13:22 18 August 2011

Feniton have closed to within 15 points of a D Division promotion place with three games, and sixty points, still to play for after they were nine run winners at Yelverton.

The two sides had started the day as the best of the rest behind the top two, so it was a winner-takes-all contest to stay in the promotion picture.

Skipper Mark Kingdon top scored with 39 and there was a splendid 34 from Ben Allen, stepping up from his regular duties with the club’s 2nd XI.

Alex Frankpitt chipped in with 30 and Graham Tucker scored 18 in a total of 168 all out. Russ Witton then claimed yet another fivefer, his fifth wicket coming in the final over courtesy of a smart catch by glovesman Rob Pfeiffer to seal a superb victory for Kingdon’s men. Norman Bedford took 3-44 and there was a superb dozen overs delivered by Dave Clarke – another promoted from the 2nd XI, who finished with the most economical figures of 1-28.

Kingdon said: “We deserved to win as we had contributions throughout the side. We have given ourselves a real chance with this current run, and, if we can just carry the present momentum through the final three games we’ll be close, very close. As to if that’ll be enough remains to be seen but we are going to give it a right go.”

With three to play Feniton now have a real chance of overhauling Ottery and snatching the second promotion berth.

With the Otters playing newly crowned champions Ipplepen this Saturday, Kingdon’s men hosted doomed Bridestowe and then travel to Countess Wear before ending the campaign with an Acland Park game against Plymouth Civil Service and Roborough.

They need to accrue 16 more points than the Otters do in their final three against Ipplepen, Whimple (H) and Whitchurch (A).

Sean Devine (62) and Francis Pyke (32no) were the principle run scorers for Feniton II in their 175-5 against visiting North Devon III.

Stuart Bright then took 3-37 but could not prevent the visitor’s closing out a five wicket win.

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