D Division West: Allen breaks South Devon record en route to 165

Remarkable - Dave Burke. Nine overs, two runs!
Remarkable - Dave Burke. Nine overs, two runs!

SOUTH Devon skipper James Allen showed the form that has impressed the county hierarchy with a maiden league century in his side’s 302-run win over Plymouth CS&R

Allen – selected for the Devon League XI playing against the Free Foresters next Monday at Seaton - flogged the bowling for 165.

Allen faced 131 balls and hit 23 fours and a six and shared stands of 164 with Rob Stephens (64) and 165 with Dinesh Raheja (96).

It was Allen’s best score for the club and broke Mark Andrews’ long-standing South Devon league high of 151, made back in 1998 against Hatherleigh.

South Devon's James Allen“They hadn’t got enough players to get a second team out and while you feel sorry for any club having problems you can only play what is in front of you,” said Allen.

Nathan Bulley (4-90) took all but one of the South Devon wickets to fall.

Civil only had 10 men to start with and had cancelled their second-team game due to a shortage of players.

The gallant 10 were all out for 86, no one making more than Bulley (20). There were three wickets each for Aaron Hammett (3-32) and Joe Kitto (3-42).

South Devon are at home to Stoke Gabriel this Saturday, gunning for revenge after losing there by 36 runs on day one.

South Devon go into the rematch strengthened by the arrival of a new player.

New Zealander Alan Kerr is over in this country for a month on holiday and has hooked up with South Devon for the duration of his stay.

“Alan bats and bowls seam up and looks like a useful acquisition for us at this stage of the season,” said Allen.

Stoke Gabriel plough on at the top of the table thanks to a 168-run win over visiting Kenn.

Andy Kingdon belted 10 fours and a six on his way to 98 not out in Stoke’s total of 293 for seven. He shared a stand of 89 with Seb Ansley (59) and another of 88 with Angus Lee.  Jack Tolley made 40.

James Mason (3-51) and Ben Chaloner (2-29) shared the bowling honours for Kenn, who were all out for 125 in reply.

Martin Swannell (29), the former Paignton and South Devon batter, top scored for Kenn, who ran into trouble against George Yates (3-17), Ansley (2-33) and Angus Lee (2-11)

Yelverton defeated Barton by 160 runs after knocking up 315 for seven in their 45 overs.

The top five all made runs with opener Dan Cooper (78) and Richard Townsend (76) setting the tone. Barton tried nine bowlers with little success in search of breakthroughs.

Sam Crompton (3-28) got into Barton early before Jack Bell (40) and Nathan Snape (39) fought back. Ben Grove (3-4) took the last three wickets, which all fell on 155.

Dave Burke produced a remarkable spell of bowling to help Plymouth 2nd XI to a 29-run win over visiting Torquay.

Ollie Parsons (92) and Steve Luffman (36) were Plymouth’s leading scorers in a total of 253 all out. Ian Baker and Anthony Nadar shared six wickets.

Ben Passenger led the Torquay chase with 102, aided by Nadar (26) and Baker (20). Burke’s nine overs for two runs and two wickets taken helped keep Torquay behind the clock and they were all out for 224.Torquauy didn't score a run off the bat against Burke. The two were extras!