Tamsett takes A Division tally to 17 wickets as Cornwood spin to win against Bideford

Dan Wolf –  runs and wickets for Paignton against Chudleigh
Dan Wolf – runs and wickets for Paignton against Chudleigh

MATT Tamsett had Bideford in a spin as leaders Cornwood raced to a nine-wicket win over Bideford.

Bideford, living dangerously at the foot of the A Division table, were skittled out for 104 in the 37th of their 50 overs.

Left-armer Tamsett, who has flourished since moving to Oak Park from Yelverton, did the damage with a six-for-23 haul.

Bideford recovered from 13 to two to reach 60 for three with Paul Heard (24) and Alex Hannam (21) doing the repair work.

After Tamsett trapped Hannam lbw, it was downhill all the way.

Jamie Lathwell (18) was the only batter to last long once Tamsett started whirling away.

Mo Salman (2-6) picked off a couple of stragglers as the last five wickets went for six runs.

Owen Gannon (34) and Aaron Richards (50no) put 89 on the board to kill the game as an event.

Richards’ 11th four wrapped-up the win before the 20-over mark.

Tamsett now has 17 league wickets at well below 10 runs each, earning a pat on the back from skipper Matt Skeemer.

“Matt was again brilliant with the ball,” said Skeemer, who added: The pitch was very flat so we were always happy chasing 100 and Aaron Richards continued his great form batting really well.”

Cornwood are now eight from eight at the top of the A Division table, nine points clear of second-placed Torquay. The two sides meet this Saturday at the Recreation Ground when the season reaches the halfway stage.

PAIGNTON stay right behind Torquay in the chariot positions behind leaders Cornwood after a six-wicket win at Chudleigh.

Chudleigh were all out for 89 with more than 11 overs un-bowled with Mark Solway’s 20 off 79 balls the best of a sorry set of scores.

Ed Foreman (11) and tail-ender Mark Russell (13no) were the only other batters in double figures. Extras (21) outscored all of them!

Dan Wolf (4-7) took the first four wickets to go; George Benton (2-17) took out Solway at 59 for six and Chris Kelmere (4-6) mopped up the waifs and strays.

Matt Ball bowled Paignton opener Noah Wright in the first over, which was pretty well Chudleigh’s highlight with the ball.

Wolf (20) and Kevin Renecke (47) took Paignton within touching distance of victory.

Chudleigh spinner Rob Clarke (2-22) took his tally for the season to 16 by dismissing Wolf and Renecke.

Paignton five points behind second-placed Torquay, are at home to Ivybridge this Saturday.

Chudleigh are still in the bottom two, eight points from safety with the halfway stage arriving this Saturday when they visit fellow strugglers Bideford.

Paignton made an interesting signing ahead of the transfer deadline this week when Connor Bryan switched from D West outfit Stoke Gabriel.

Batsman Bryan, a former Paignton captain left Queens Park during the close season saying work commitments were likely to prevent him playing regular A Division cricket.

BRIXHAM are now 20 points clear of the drop spots in the A Division after routing Ivybridge by 10 wickets.

Ivybridge captain Harry Solomon has been stressing the need for more application from the batters, who are getting starts but not going on to make scores.

It was the same old story against Brixham with six double-figure scores, but nothing above Charles Kunje’s 23 in a total of 107 all out.

Former Devon paceman Mark Orchard took four for 15, Pakistan A player Abdul Muzammil had three for 15 and Tom Blundell (2-22) had the rest.

George Northcott (38) and Andy Pugh (31) were not out in the 17.4 overs it took to knock off the runs, helped considerably by 39 extras.

Brixham entertain Budleigh Salterton this Saturday.

Defeat has left Ivybridge rock bottom and 14 points from safety.

PLYMPTON skipper Craig Donohue had no complaints about the 182-run defeat by promotion-chasing Torquay.

Torquay hurtled along to 326 for five – Mitch Pugh rattling off an unbeaten ton in a hurry.

Pugh then took two early wickets as Plympton dipped to eight for three in reply and, despite a bright and breezy 52 for Justin Wubbeling they were all out for 144.

Said Donohue: “We were beaten by the better team.”

He added: “The last few weeks we have really struggled with availability as three of our young guys have had to play school cricket.

Torquay were a level above yesterday and, looking at them, they appear to be the best all-round team we have played.

“The wicket was good and the outfield like glass but we bowled to many lose deliveries.

“Chuck in five of what I would call regulation drops and we didn't help ourselves.

“Chasing 325 was always going to be tough, but we lost three very quick wickets which killed the game.”

Donohue made an early breakthrough to dismiss Torquay opener Josh Hunt for a duck, but any elation was soon snuffed out as Tim Western (70) and George Allen (66) compiled a stand of 139 for the second wicket.

Allen fell to Ryan Skinner, which brought Pugh out to bat and put the Plympton bowlers in the firing line.

Pugh hit 12 fours and a six making 105 not out off 85 balls. He shared in stands of 61 with Western and 68 unbroken with Neal Osborne.

Matt Draper (3-61) had the best combination of figures for Plympton.

Plympton’s woes began with losing their top three to Pugh (2-25) with a little help from Ben Passenger (1-25).

Wubbeling saw Plympton through to 100 for five, before he departed to left-armer Jack Richardson.

Richardson went on to take five Plympton wickets for 47 runs as the bottom half of the order faded away.

SKIPPER Trevor Anning picked up three wickets and brother Phil had two more as Budleigh Salterton won a tough battle with Abbotskerswell.

Budleigh made 191 for seven their 50 overs – opener Marc Troman top scoring with 65.

Abbots appeared down and out at 118 for eight then 128 for nine, but appearances can be deceptive.

Last pair Elliott Adams and Noah Tobias got the target down to eight to win with a stand of 56 and Budleigh were relieved when Troman snared last man Tobias lbw.

Budleigh’s first win in three league starts lifts them to sixth in the table. Abbots are still fourth, but the gap to Paignton in third is now 40 points.

Troman played the anchorman for Budleigh. Only four of their runs were scored after he was dismissed.

Joel Muprhy (38) kept Troman company in a stand of 86 for the seventh wicket.

Abbots ran into early trouble against Adam Jones, who is reveling in his chance of 1st XI cricket, and lost wickets steadily after opener James Westlake was run-out for 23.

The Annings – Trevor (3-31) and Phil (2-36) – worked through the middle order until they got to Adams and Tobias.

Adams was unbeaten on 54 when Tobias went for 24.