Tarka Ladies stay top following back-to-back wins

Tarka Ladies (Back, l/r): Ellie Holland, Kate Williams, Carmen Clements, Rose Ball, Ana Clements. Front: Eluned Davies, Alli Kelly, Lauren  Bowden, Lydia Clements, Molly Down

BACK-to-back wins over Plympton and Plymouth have kept Tarka Ladies at the top of the Devon One table.

Plympton were defeated by 115 runs after North Devon racked up 186 for seven in their 35 overs – Ali Kelly making an undefeated 112.

Plymouth, the only side to beat Tarka in the league this season, proved a tougher nut to crack – especially as Kelly wasn’t available to play.

Tarka did the hard bit by holding Plymouth to 147 for six, then knocked off the runs with more than six overs to spare.

With one game to go - bottom side Topsham – Tarka are 22 points clear at the top of the table.

Despite a solid 24 from opener Eluned Davies, the Tarka run rate was slow at first it looked as though Plympton would be chasing a low total.

Youngsters Bea Watts and Emily Edgcombe took two wickets a piece as the pick of the Plympton bowlers.

The arrival of Kelly saved the Tarka innings.

Despite some spirited shots from Steph Hutchins and Immy Beasley, the Tarka bowlers were relentless.

Kelly, Lydia Clements and Ellie Holland took two wickets each, leaving captain, Lauren Bowden (1-1) to finish the game off.

With Kelly missing from the side that hosted Plymouth, it was time for younger players in the side to step up.

Several players raced back from Newquay to play then headed off again after the match.

Despite a fantastic Ellie Holland in-swinginger that dismissed the talented Clare Varcoe for 0, Tarka were rather flat in the field and bowled far too many wides.

Solid contributions with the bat from, Jenna Luiten (36), Cathy Griffin (14), Stacey Maskelyne (18), Gill Northey (14no), Teuron Burke (17) and far too many extras (48) meant Tarka had to show the progress they have made with the bat this season under specialist coach Mark Overton.

Straight bowling from Burke, Varcoe and Griffin as well as a caught and bowled for Stacey Maskelyne meant the Tarka girls had to work hard- and they did.

Openers Davies and Kate Williams put on a solid 44 partnership. Lydia Clements smashed a tremendous 31 and Carmen Clements (28no) with Ellie Holland (22no) steered their team home to victory.