Bovey back on track for Premier title + Chappell and Foster break 900 runs for Bradninch + Riaz ton gives Plymouth hope
BOVEY Tracey are two wickets or 50 runs away from winning the Premier Division title after beating North Devon by 94 runs.
Bovey are 39 points ahead of second-placed Bradninch with two games to go.
One bonus point will do it – bowling or batting – whether Bovey win at Heathcoat or not this Saturday.
Bradninch are three wins behind Bovey so can’t finish ahead of the leaders in the event of a points dead head, which isn’t very likely.
Bovey have been top of the table since week two and if they don’t win the title now there would be something seriously wrong.
North Devon have other priorities going into the final two games of the season, the first of which is Sidmouth away.
The danger zone is 16 points below North Devon, not enough to feel entirely comfortable just yet.
Bovey got off to a 112-run start through openers Pete Bradley (61) and Josh Mailling (73), which was the springboard to a total of 263 for six.
Matt Golding (44) and Luke Jongwe (44) weighed in.
North Devon lost Dan Bowser second ball to Chris Yablsey (2-29) and bumbled to 96 for four with 20 overs to go.
Stef James made a patient 65 – 158 minutes, 137 balls – but lacked worthwhile back-up as North Devon slid to 167 all out.
The last five wickets went for 38 rtuns – Alfie Huxtable scoring 17 of them.
EXETER are under pressure to win against Bradninch on Saturday to avoid slipping into more relegation danger.
The County Grounders were five-wicket losers against Exmouth last time out after posting a modest 197 all out.
Heathcoat went ahead of Exeter out of the bottom three thanks to their win at Sidmouth.
Plymouth (155pts) and Torquay (153) are to close for comfort to Exeter (164), who are in no hurry to drop back into the A Division. It took them two years to get back up last time they went down in 2010.
Opener Alex Barrow was the anchorman for Exeter, making 73. He was ninth out on 189. Tom Lammonby had 28.
David Lye and Callum French took three wickets each for Exmouth.
A four-over rain break while Exmouth batted meant Duckworth-Lewis came into play, not that it ultimately made much difference to the outcome.
The target came down to 189, which was hardly much different.
Exmouth did have a worry or two at 59 for four – James Bovey (3-31) the trouble maker – but Bob Dawson (71no) and Billy Rudolph (36no) ensured there were no slips.
Exmouth are at home to Plymouth this Saturday.