Lewis ton not enough to save Pens from defeat against Barton
PROMOTION-chasers Barton made light work of chasing 209 to win at Ipplepen.
Jack Lewis went in when Ipplepen were one for one in the first over and batted on and on for an unbeaten 107.
Lewis hit 16 fours during a 128-ball stay and was still there when time ran out at 208 for eight.
Only two other batters made double figures: Mawgan Penrice (21) and Steve Bowden (15). Lewis and Bowden put on 74 unbroken.
Left-armers Stuart Bowker (2-34) and Matt Crampton (3-25) did the bowling damage for Barton.
Crampton (51) and Shaun Needham (62) opened up for Barton and put on 124.
Tom Durman (2-42) removed Needham then Crampton five runs apart, but there was no more drama for a while.
Alex Hunt (37no) and Mark Gilmour (22) got the target down to 29, which Greg Shelton (13no) got a slice of on the way to victory.
PLYMSTOCK ran out of puff on the chase against Seaton, who held on to win by seven runs.
Rob Cunningham (4-32) had Seaton reeling at 30 for three before Ollie Pinnock (42) and Joel Seward (42) got the middle order going with a stand of 66.
A min-collapse to 108 for six meant Seaton needed rescuing and their man of the moment with 38 off 41 balls was Chris Aplin.
George Barnicott, James Nicholls and Jason Williams all took two wickets in Seaton’s total of 185 all out.
Plymstock had early issues at 11 for two with Teddy Richards and Charles Martin in and out.
Scott Mansfield (39) was involved in stands worth 85 as the target came down. He was fifth out.
Mike Blackmore (31) took on responsibility for the chase and looked like seeing Plymstock over the line.
Joe Berry (4-29) got Blackmore out with 18 needed to win and that proved too many for the last two pairs.
Seaton skipper Morgan was always confident his side would see the game out.
He said: “Once again the bowlers all chipped in and, for the second week running the middle over work that came from Kersley [Sutton] and Joe [Berry] were pivotal to our success.”
He continued: “Our fielding was top drawer too and I would best describe the performance as ‘perfect’.
CULLOMPTON seem to be on the up in the B Division after a challenging first half of the season.
The divisional new boys beat Babbacombe by 103 runs in the basement battle at Landspeed Meadow to move out of the bottom two for the first time.
Todd Scrace and last man James Vincent were the only batsmen who didn’t make a double-figure score in Cullompton’s total of 264 for nine.
Cully were 97 for four with Brendon Parr (20) and Kenny Vos (24) in and out when Darren Paul joined skipper James Blackmore.
Blackmore (37) and Paul (75no) put on 56 and the runs kept coming from then on.
Dean Peal (2-46) and Paul Bates (2-36) were Babbacombe’s cost-effective bowlers. Tim Goodwin bowled nine overs for 30 runs.
Babbacombe opener Steve Lewis made 42 but when lacked support. He was fifth out at 96.
Andy McVeigh with 40 stayed long enough to earn Babbacombe two batting points before they were all out in the 33rdover.
The Parr brothers had two wickets each and Scrace had two more.
Cullompton go to Seaton on Saturday.
SHOBROOKE Park didn’t have the bowling to stop B Division leaders Filleigh beating them by five wickets.
Shobrooke’s batting was solid rather than spectacular as they totalled 209 for nine in their 45 overs.
Opener Chris Ford made a patient 34 – he was fourth out on 98 – and there were top ups after him from Andy Codling (31), Craig James (48) and Jon James, who made a bright and breezy 28 off 22 balls.
Justin Saker (4-45) was Filleigh’s prime wicket taker. Jon Hickman (2-28) and Ryan Bowden (2-37) supported.
Shobrooke had it all to do after Filleigh openers Saker (59) and Jas Kalsi (49no) put on 95.
Jon James (1-34) and Tom Youngman (3-32) briefly slowed Filleigh to 106 for three.
Skipper Simon Prideaux (43) and Bowden (22no) supported Kalsi knocking off the rest with more than seven overs to bowl.
Shobrooke, who have now lost three on the spin, drop down to fifth. They host Plymstock this Saturday.
THORVERTON defeated promotion hopefuls Tavistock by 31 runs to stay clear of the bottom two.
Thorverton made 245 for seven in their 45 overs – skipper Andy Pitt and David Baldock both making half-centuries.
Tavistock were a long way behind the clock at 132 for six and not even a battling half-century from skipper Shaun Daymond could save the day.
Tavistock drop down from third to fourth as Seaton went past them by winning at Plymstock.
Pitt (77) and Baldock (60) put on 102 for the third wicket as Thors reached 163 for three.
Both departed to Billy Barriball whose four for 45 was Tavvy’s best bowling return.
James White (48) and Dom Snyman (28) got Tavvy up and running, only for Nick Barton (2-23) and Jake Choules (2-33) to peg them back.
Daymond (53) and Richard Edlmann (21) put on 69 to keep Tavvy in the game. Thors brought back Ben Slaverio (3-31) and he put the game to bed once and for all.
It’s next stop Babbacombe this Saturday as the season reaches halfway.