One point between top three in D Division East
BARNSTAPLE & Pilton bounced back from their defeat by Honiton with a five-wicket victory over Chardstock in a top-of-the-table clash.
Chardstock were top going into the game, but not anymore as it is all change in the D Division East.
Kentisbeare went past Barum and Chardstock into pole position thanks to a win over bottom side Woodbury & Newton St Cyres.
Kents share top spot with Upottery – winners over Tiverton – with Barnstaple & Pilton just a point behind in third.
Rob Hutchings (38) and Tom Warren (46no) were the pick of the batters for Chardstock in their total of 167 for six.
There were two wickets each for Robin Lake (2-27) and George McEndoo (2-29).
McEndoo fell in the second over of the B&P reply, but Andy Barton (22) and Jack Moore (32) made a 66-run dent in the deficit,
Acting skipper Lee Cole, standing in for the injured Steve Moore, hit an unbeaten 41 and Paul Schiller made 37 to see the chase through.
HALBERTON & Sampford Peverell defeated Axminster by 24 runs to stay in mid-table.
Harry Everett top scored with 77 for H&SP, putting on 58 with Andy Blake (46), 61 with Richie Durant (33) and 47 with James Mayes (29) in a total of 241 for nine.
Paul Miller (34) and Neil Fuzzard (31) gave Axminster a start, but Keiran Budgell (3-35) and Rob Venn (2-27) slowed them to 217 for nine. Steve Read made 32 not out.
TOPSHAM St James remain in the bottom three for another week following a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Honiton.
Tops staggered to 109 all out with Joe McShane (21) the only batter to make much impression.
Topsham were 93 for six when Matt Garner got out and lost their last five wickets for just 16 runs.
On a day when wickets were shared by Honiton’s bowlers, Adam Holmes (3-15) had one more than anyone else.
Honiton had a nightmare start – openers Dave Haysom and Tom Strawbridge didn’t score a run between them – but Pete Matravers (66no) steered them home with more than 13 overs to go.
Brian Jeary (3-18) led the bowling effort for TSJ, who face near neighbours Woodbury & Newton St Cyres this Saturday.
UPOTTERY cruised to a 61-run win over Tiverton that keeps them joint top with Kentisbeare.
Ryan Pullman led the way with 77 and with chip-ns from James Mitcham (44) and Dan Broom (46) Upottery made 246 for eight. Pullman and Broom put on 108 for the seventh wicket.
Ten-man Tiverton were all out for 185 in the 40th over – James Reed top scoring on 41.
There were three wickets each for Mitcham (3-35) and Paul Wakefield (3-26).
KENTISBEARE walloped bottom side Woodbury & Newton St Cyres by 171 runs to stay joint top of the D Division East.
Scott Chappell lashed 132 in a Kentisbeare total of 324 for six. He went in a 13 for one after Paul Tatterton, went cheaply, and came out at 310 for six.
Along the way there were partnerships of 139 with David Armstrong (80), 62 with Andy Ogden (19), 42 with Dale Barker (8) and 50 with Martin Howe (20).
Woodbury were held to 153 for nine in their 45 overs – Nalin Chouhan (29) pippiing Jim Jones (25) for top scorer.
Neil Farley picked up four wickets for 27 runs to help keep Kents level with Upottery at the top of the table.
Kents make the short trip to Chardstock this Saturday.
THE boot was on the other foot in the second team game against North Devon, who hoisted 351 for six against Kents.
Ross Clayton scored 227 not out for North Devon in the massive total.
Clayton hit 23 fours and 14 sixes from 135 balls faced.
James Sprague made a century in reply for Kents, who were 276 for six when the overs ran out.
Sprague and Paul Diamond (37) put on 111 for the first wicket. Skipper Chris Gillett (56) and Harvey Sanders (48) both chipped in.