Bettis (pictured) and Theedom win game in a hurry for champions Sandford
SANDFORD completed their title-winning campaign in the A Division with a nine-wicket win over Plymstock.
Bronte Bess, who went in at 77 for five, top scored for Plymstock with 29 in their total of 122 all out.
Seamer Jamie Palmer bagged three for 38 and spinner Richard Foan had three for 33 from four eventful overs at the end.
Foan (14) was Sandford’s only casualty as they knocked off the runs inside 14 overs.
Neil Bettis (60) and Matt Theedom (34) put on 93 unbroken to win the game in a hurry.
Sandford finish the season 27 points clear at the top from Hatherleigh, who are promoted as runners-up.
It’s back to the Premier Division after a four-year absence for Sandford – hopefully for long than last time.
Sandford went up in 2013 as runners-up to Heathcoat and came straight back down with only three wins to their name.
It is back to the B Division for Plymstock next season, 12 months after they were promoted with Ivybridge.
HATHERLEIGH beat Lewdown by 138 runs in their last game before heading into the Premier Division.
Keeper-batter Ryan Davies top scored with 56 in Hatherleigh’s total of 229 for nine.
Mattie Thomas (29) and Gareth Tidball (29) gave Hatherleigh a start, then Davies kept them going.
Dinecho Visser (3-39) topped the bowling returns for Lewdown, who were all out for 91 in reply. Top scorer with 40 was Visser.
Hatherleigh skipper Mark Lake took five for seven off nine overs to run through Lewdown’s middle and lower order.
The Premier Division will be a big step for Hatherleigh, who were last there way back in 1992.
Survival rates for newly promoted sides aren’t great – six of the last eight have gone straight back down – and Lake knows the team will need strengthening.
“We have identified the areas we feel we need to be stronger,” said Lake.
“But on the whole we will stay the same this is the team that has got us this far so we will see what happens.
“Very happy with performance from the last game of the season.”
CORNWOOD finished an unsatisfactory season with a resounding 110-run win over Chudleigh.
A promotion challenge with the aim of an immediate return to the Premier Division was the stated aim at the start of the season, but from halfway through the season Cornwood fell away.
They finish fourth in the final table, nearly 70 points shy of the second promotion spot.
Cornwood were 42 for four before Steve Lambert (53) and Matt Butterworth got the runs going with a stand of 49,
Lambert and skipper Elliot Staddon (28) added 55 and with Adam Goodliffe making 30 off 12 balls at the end a total of 204 was posted.
Pick of the bowlers for Chudleigh were Mark Russell (2-18) and Rob Clarke (3-24).
Chudleigh got to 65 for two – Matt Heather (22) and Clarke (32) the run getters – then collapsed to 94 all out.
Matt Tamsett (3-20) and Staddon (3-10) did the damage as the last five wickets went for 15 runs.
Chudleigh have been safe for a couple of weeks, but have ended the season poorly with just one win in the last four starts.
IVYBRIDGE secured a second season of A Division cricket by beating Brixham in the basement clash at Filham.
The Bridge needed six points to stay up – and got five of them by dismissing Brixham for 151.
Former Devon batsman Andy Pugh made 55 for Brixham and Somerset’s departing one-day captain Jim Allenby made 29.
Jewan DeSilva (5-32) ran through the middle and lower order as Brixham slumped from 126 for four when Pugh fell to 151 all out.
Losing opener Andy Johnson in the second over wasn’t part of the plan – neither was Simon Kidd coming and going for six.
Abraham Kopparambil (65) and Harry Solomon (44) put on 92 for the third wicket, taking Ivybridge to seven bonus points in the game, and the rest was largely irrelevant.
George Thompson (17) joined Kopparambil to knock off the last 46 required.
PLYMPTON had an early finish against Budleigh Salterton – and not the one they were expecting after dismissing the visitors for 106.
For Budleigh turned the tables on Plympton, skittling them for 73 in reply to earn an unlikely 33-run win.
Max Waller, the Somerset one-day star, top scored for Budleigh with 25.
Keith Donohue spun his way to four wickets for 24 runs and there were three each for Jacob Caunter and Hakeem Abdullah.
Waller took six for 21 and fellow spinner Matt Junk had three for 28 as Plympton were bowled out in the 26th of their 50 overs.