Zimmerman's knock set up Ivybridge to take over at the top

IVYBRIDGE are the new leaders in the B Division after they defeated Braunton by 90 runs to move ahead of Plymstock at the top of the table.

Plymstock surrendered top spot when they lost by six wickets to Shobrooke Park.

Ivybridge cracked along to 262 for six in their 45 overs, led by Josh Zimmerman with 78.

Andy Johnson (27) and Abraham Kopparambil gave the Bridge a 45-run start, then Zimmerman and Kopparambil hoisted 145 for the second wicket.

Although Zimmerman fell to Martin Smith after a 62-ball stay, Kopparambil kept going.

Joe Barnes (2-66) eventually had Kopparambil caught behind for 72, which came off 110 balls and included nine boundaries.

Jeewan De Silva (25) marshaled the later batsmen to put on 50 in the last five overs.

Braunton got to 72 for one and 124 for two with Alfie Huxtable (32), Rob Collier (59) and Rob Paterson (21) making steady if unspectacular progress.

Braunton were in ten an over territory with 15 to go – then lost four wickets for eight runs which ended the game as a contest.

The damage was done by Zimmerman, Kopparambil (2-12) and DeSilva, who polished off the stragglers on his way to four for 29.

Braunton kept Ivybridge waiting until the last ball of the game to take their final wicket.

Kelvin Trent, the Ivybridge captain, said it was a ‘top performance’ by his side to keep plugging away for the full 20 points,

Trent said despite the wide margin of victory the game was tough in both disciplines.

“It was hard to score runs early as the ball was moving around quite a lot,” said Trent.

“Abraham Kopparambil and Josh Zimmerman put us in a great position to get a good total.

“When we came to bowl, the pitch had flattened out and it was tough going for our opening bowlers.

“Harry Solomon and Josh Zimmerman tied it up and pushed the asking rate up, that meant Braunton had to attack our spinners, which led to wickets falling.”

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