Babbacombe under threat from Ashburton at top of C Division West
ASHBURTON turned the heat up under C Division leaders Babbacombe when they beat South Devon by 93 runs.
Babbacombe came a cropper at Bridestowe, where they lost by 14 runs. The Walls Hill side are still top of the table, but their lead over Ashes is down to six points.
At the other end of the table the pressure is mounting on South Devon, who are heading for a second successive relegation if they remain in the bottom three.
Dinesh Raheja has taken over as captain from Ali Wright for the last month of the season and South Devon will hope his Premier experience with Heathcoat will get them out of the mire before it is too late.
South Devon were not only founder members of the Devon League in 1972 – they also hosted all the formation meetings in their pavilion.
Relegation to the D Division East would be a real come down for the Newton Abbot side, who have never been lower than level four in the past.
The days when future England players Len Coldwell and John Childs honed their skills in South Devon teams seem a long way off now.
Ashburton’s total of 191 all out as built round a stand of 78 for the fourth wicket between Tristan Wakefield (73) and Tom Durman (42).
The wickets were shared round with two for Chetham Argal Chain on his full debut, two for Dave Knowles and two more for Raheja.
South Devon were all out for 98 with more than 15 overs to go. Rob Stephens top scored on 21, going in at 59 for six with the game already gone.
Ash Harvey (3-21) led the bowling effort and there were two wickets each for Dom Durman and Will Coon, who was bowling against his dad Vernon’s former club.
BRIDESTOWE beat Babbacombe for the second time this season to cut their lead at the top of C West.
Bridestowe batted first on a wet pitch with James Ewen (33) and brother Sam
Ewen (21) sharing a 48-run partnership for the third wicket. Phil Hatton (34) and Chris Lavis (19) put on 48 for the sixth, helping his side to 206-8.
Dean Peall (2-33) bowled well with the new ball and Tim Goodwin (2-21) and Andy McVeigh (3-54) picked up wickets in the middle overs. Babbacombe gave away 47 extras – a crippling total.
Babbacombe pushed the hosts all the way, but could only manage 192 for nine when the overs ran out.
Steve Lewis (42) top scored from the top of the innings and Dean Peall (38) struck the ball well down the order. The pair put on 64 for the sixth wicket in the only stand of note.
Dan Fogerty (4-39) and Alex Jopling (4-43) shone with the ball and kept wickets falling through the innings.
CHAGFORD made light work of doomed Plymouth CS&R on their way to a nine-wicket win.
Ten-man Civil were bowled out for 91 in the 42nd over – Dan Ellard (29) and Adrian Vickery (23) the only batters in double figures. Five batters didn’t make a run between them.
Wickets went two by two to J P Van Rensburg, Rhys Holland Callum Worth and Ollie Herrington.
Van Rensburg (53) and Will Lammonby (31) were the not out batters in the 12.1 overs it took to knock off the runs
STOKE Gabriel are back in relegation jeopardy following nine-wicket thrashing at Kingsbridge.
Stoke – they played a man short – were bowled out 108 in the 34th of their 45 overs.
Tim Withington made 21, as did Jake Robinson. No one else got above 13.
James Rosewarne (3-9) shaded the bowling stats from Neal Peach (2-14) and James Westlake (2-24).
Westlake got out in the first over – Andy Ball bowled him - which was good as it got for Stoke.
The Fords – dad James (39) and son Freddie (35) – knocked off the runs without further mishap.
Kingsbridge are happily in mid-table with Ashburton on the fixture list this Saturday.
Stoke, eight points off the drop spots, are away to Babbacombe.
DARTINGTON & Totnes beat Shaldon by four wickets to shoot 23 points away from relegation danger.
But the worrying goes on for Shaldon, who are second from bottom 15 points away from safety.
James Howrihane (3-33) made early inroads into the Shaldon order then Nick Dennis (2-14) and Harry Baxendale (2-4) helped bowl them out for 71.
D&T struggled to 28 for four then 57 for six in reply – Carl Woolnough (2-17) and Kelsey Fahey (2-14) getting involved – before Baxendale (22no) put them on the road to victory.
Shaldon are away to Chagford on Saturday. Darts entertain South Devon.