Bovey II remain promotion favourites despite rare defeat

Dan Coles - unbeaten for Ashburton in the win over Plympton II
Dan Coles - unbeaten for Ashburton in the win over Plympton II

BOVEY Tracey 2nd XI will clinch the C Division West title and the lone promotion place out of the division if they win the derby clash at Ashburton this Saturday.

Bovey could have done the business last time out by winning at second-placed Shaldon, but lost a low-scoring match by one wicket.

Shaldon are still 21 points behind the leaders with two games to go. The last one will become academic if Bovey triumph this Saturday.

Bovey’s run scoring was shared round between Will Christophers (30), Dan Green (30), Bradley Causey (26) and George Yabsley (24). Pick of the bowlers for Shaldon was Will Moore (3-20).

Shaldon took the scenic route to victory, going via 58 for four and 108 for eight to get there.

Dan McKenna (25) got them up to 62 for five, then Joe Hanna made a slow 22 not out down the order to seal the win.

Shaldon are away to third-placed Bridestowe this Saturday.

ASHBURTON effectively secured their C Division West survival with a win over relegated Plympton 2nd XI.

The game went to the recent form book with Ashburton dismissing Plympton for 132 then knocking off the runs with eight wickets in hand and more than 18 overs to go.

Plympton subsided to 34 for five under pressure from Chris Yeo (2-6 off 9) and others. 

Oliver Goulder (21) and Jake Campbell-Beattie (23no) staved off total collapse.

Yeo, veteran Robin Lambert and Jake Pascoe all had two wickets each.

Pascoe and Lloyd White (49) gave Ashes a 42-run start. Ashley Berry (32no) and Dan Coles (21no) took them the rest of the way.

DARTINGTON & Totnes skipper Harold Stephenson will probably feel happier with another 13 points in the bin after a two-wicket defeat at Kingsbridge left his side hovering over the drop zone.

Cornwood 2nd XI are 28 points behind in the third relegation place and could still catch D&T if they win their last two games, which are against relegated Chagford and Shaldon.

Darts are away to Lewdown this Saturday, which would be a good one to win as the sides are level in the table.

Matt Sevior (33), aided and abetted by James Howrihane (31) and Ian Bransdon and Harry Baxendale with a brace of 29s, got D&T up to 205 for eight.

Kingsbridge, who played a man short owing to a late cry-off, had their last pair at the crease when they won the game with an over to go.

Bhanu DeSilva (57), Ashley Treeby (36) and Chiraq Appa (24) laid the foundations, leaving Richard Carr (29no) and Neal Peach (11no) to finish things off.

CORNWOOD 2nd XI are staring relegation from C Division West in the face despite claiming a four-wicket win over Lewdown.

The Corns are 29 points away from safety with 40 points to play for in their last two games. 

Even if Cornwood win both their games – doomed Chagford and promotion chasers Shaldon – they need Dartington & Totnes and Lewdown to lose as well.

Adam Creasey (49) and Jack Williams (22) made the only double-figure scores for Lewdown in a total of 112 all out.

Creasey and Williams put on 81 for the fourth wicket to get the score up to 105. Andy Bees tore through the lower order, taking six for 13 as Lewdown collapsed.

Cornwood were glad of a steady knock of 68 from Shahzad Ahmad for seeing them home.

Opener Dan Piddock (24) was the supporting act.

BRIDESTOWE secured a comfortable victory at home against struggling Chagford.

Openers Roger Whittingham (11) Jacob Griffiths (20) got off to a solid start, putting on 31 for the first wicket.

Ryan Dennis (2-18) and Chris Lavis (2-20) both bowled accurate opening spells, and once Lavis got the breakthrough, wickets started to tumble.

After the openers, only Jim Mawle (16) reached double figures as Bridestowe picked up regular wickets.

Jack Barkwell (3-8) blew away the lower order with an accurate spell to dismiss Chagford for 78.

Openers James Ewen (14) and Gary Sizmur (27 no.) wasted no time and looked to get the game won by tea.

Oliver Herrington (2-30) dismissed Ewen and Jack Hatton (11), but the hosts continued to play their shots.

Sizmur and Phil Hatton (10 no.) saw Bridestowe home inside just 14 overs.