Seaton enjoy C Div max points win

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 23:54 15 June 2010

Honiton's Kevin Kelly bowls against Exeter.

Honiton's Kevin Kelly bowls against Exeter.

The Francis Clark Devon League has moved in to the closing stages of the season.

The Francis Clark Devon League has moved in to the closing stages of the season.

This coming weekend sees the sides begin their final five games and push for the 100 points available in the run in to the close of the campaign next month.

Seaton retain an interest in the C Division promotion race after a maximum point win over bottom-of-the-table Tiverton & Bickleigh. Matt Hewer (75) and an unbeaten half century from skipper Mike Wheeler helped the side to 209-9 and then James Berry (3-18) and Raul East (2-16), combined to leave Seaton some 26 points off second-placed Chagford and they will need to return from this weekend's visit to leaders Cockington with a big points haul to further their interest in the promotion race.

Feniton have slipped to just a couple of places off the foot of the table following a sixth defeat of the season when beaten by a side who had started the day at the bottom of the table. Stuart Bright (29) and Graham Tucker (27) were the principle scorers in the Feniton total of 130-8, passed by Bridestowe who also lost eight wickets, three of which fell to Adi Pullin. Next up for Andrew Rose's side is a home game against Plymouth Civil Service.

There was more woe for Kilmington, who find themselves bottom of the table after their 13th game of the D Division campaign without a win!

Visiting Whitchurch had arrived in East Devon as the basement dwellers, with only one win to their name, but they left much the happier of the two sides after a 76 run win.

Ben Noble bagged a four wicket haul but the visitors' total of 175-9 proved way beyond the home side with no less than five of the first six batsmen registering ducks!

Skipper Tom Gooding was the exception and he went on to top score with 21 but it was extras that provided the biggest boost to the total with 25 of the final score of 99.

Gooding was clearly very disappointed at stumps saying: "It's a sad thing to have to say but they (Whitchurch) clearly wanted it more than us. We did not bat with any sort of conviction and our situation, whilst not quite on the critical list given the 100 points still to play for, does give us serious cause for concern.

Ottery St Mary went into their home game with Ipplepen with both sides very much mid- table outfits. The two teams began the day with 113 points and so it was perhaps inevitable that the game would end all square with the hosts taking the larger share of the points from a winning draw!

Matthew Kirk hit a fine unbeaten 83 and Steve Forbes struck 20 as the Otters closed their time in the middle with 177-7 with Mark Woodman, the most successful of the home bowlers, with a return of 3-42.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis were no match for promotion-chasing Lewdown who returned to North Devon with maximum points from a nine wicket win.

Jamie Toates (27) and Mark Batey (26) were the top scorers in a humble total of 118, passed for the loss of a single wicket, taken by Steve Batey, by the visitors.

Whimple warmed up for the following day's Mid Devon Twenty20 Finals with a magnificent win at Halberton.

That was after they had battled to 151, led by Trevor Griffin (31), Chris Palfrey (27) and Will Cleal (18).

Then Phil Hope (3-12), Adam Holmes (3-15) and Will Cleal (2-18) combined to bundle the Mid Devon side for just 61 and Jono Borden's men are now part of the promotion picture.

Honiton went down by just 11 runs in an enthralling contest with visiting Exeter Civil Service who had started the day in bottom place and, despite their victory, remain there.

Batting first, the visitors were bowled out for 148 as Phil Tansley and Rob Ingram both claimed four wicket hauls for Honiton.

The same pair did their bit with the bat, too, in support of Honiton skipper Pete Matravers who was once again his side's top scorer with a jug-evading 46.

Tansley chipped in with 29 and Ingram, an unbeaten 17 but a five-wicket haul for Rehann Caryl ensured that the Civil Servants went home with a third win of the season.

With the top two in E Divison meeting at Filleigh, it gave the chasing pack a chance to catch up and it was Upottery who seized their chance with a maximum point haul at hapless Cullompton which sees them move to within two points of Topsham St James, who currently sit 2nd behind runaway leaders Filleigh.

Thomas Wyatt has been in great form this season and he continued with a splendid 84 at Landspeed Meadow.

Dave Woolacott chipped in with a half century and there was a cameo knock of 29 from Matthew Button-Stephens in a visiting total of 228-5.

The Mid Devon side were bowled out for 99 as Gary Kennard helped himself to a fivefer with figures of 5-25 and skipper Willow Drew bagged a brace to leave Upottery very much part of the race for promotion.

Yarcombe skipper Nigel Parris was probably the E Division's most relieved skipper at stumps.

Speaking after his side's 166 run win over visiting Hemyock, Parris said: That is most certainly a huge relief. It's our fist win in I don't know how long and I was beginning to think we had lost the knack of winning - clearly we have not and, hopefully, we can build on this."

John Rich was the master of ceremonies with a wonderful 109 and with skipper Parris (28) and Simon Durrant (25) also getting runs, the home side were able to close on 225-5.

Mike Barnes grabbed a four-wicket haul and there was a brace for Mike Berry as the Mid Devon outfit were bowled out for 159.

Axminster IV have not won a game yet this season, but they have never been closer than they came at Cloakham Lawns against visiting Kenn II.

The Exeter side batted first and were bowled out for 142 thanks to Pete Spong who took 4-19 in nine excellent overs and skipper Peter Kiy with 2-33.

Peter Hoare hit a top score of 38 for the home side and Neil Jones chipped in with 22, but 18 from 10 overs with three wickets in hand proved just beyond the home side who eventually went down by 11 runs.

Honiton II have most certainly not given up their relentless pursuit of Whimple II at the top of the table and a whopping 143 run win at Exeter Civil Service II sees them gain a couple of points over the table toppers.

Tom Strawbridge (88), Andy Canniford (36), Zac Johns (30no) and skipper Andrew Lapping (35no), combined to take their side to 244-6 and then Richard Hill and Craig Lapping both claimed three wicket hauls to bowl the home side out for 103.

E Divison East leaders Whimple II march on after a resounding win over Cullompton II who they bowled out for 96.

The star of the bowling show was Tim Treais who sent down 13 overs and took 6-33, whilst 16-year old Dave Chamberlain bagged a brace to finish with 2-14 from 6.2 lively overs.

Nathan Groves hit an unbeaten 48 and young Chamberlain gave the best support with 27 as the leaders won with seven wickets still to play with at 98-3.

Peter Anderson was in fine form with bat and then ball as Seaton II kept alive their own promotion hopes.

Anderson top scored with 27 in a total of 101 all out - the next best was 11 from Pete Strawbridge in the game at Topsham St James II.

That total proved enough to win the game, thanks to the efforts of Phil Collins who sang his way to 3-22 from a dozen delightful overs, and Pete Lawson, who claimed an equally impressive 3-19 in 14 overs as the home side were shot out for 87 to give Seaton a 14 run win.

Upottery II were celebrating at stumps after they won for the second time this term and, in doing so, became the first team to inflict a defeat upon Uplyme & Lyme Regis II. Uplyme batted first and were bowled out for 145 with only Eddie Clarke (33) able to make any impression as Nigel Wyatt served up a superb line and length for his 6-19 in eight overs.

Bruce Inglis chipped in with 2-18 and then top scored with 55 and that man Wyatt hit 28 to lead Upottery to a famous five-wicket win at 146-5.

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