Barton have one foot in A Division after win over Ipplepen

Joel Seward - key innings for Seaton in the win over Plymstock
Joel Seward - key innings for Seaton in the win over Plymstock

BARTON can start planning for A Division cricket again next season after beating Ipplepen by four-wickets in the derby clash at Cricketfield Road.

Skipper Adam Parker had four Pens’ wickets for 31 runs and with two each for Jon Martin (2-23) and Morgan Harford (2-18) the visitors were all out for 140.

Ash Harvey top scored with 31 with Jack Lewis (22) and Tom Durman (21) next in line.

Barton had the runs knocked off in 32 overs, although it wasn’t plain sailing all along.

Having got to 59 for two when South African Matt Crampton was dismissed for 33, Barton wobbled to 66 for four then 83 for six as Pens’ Keith Wakeham (2-34) spun away.

Surviving opener Simon Edwards (45no) was still there and his stand of 54 unbroken with Matt Lipton (29no) ensured there were no slips ups.

Three points at ailing Filleigh this Saturday will send Barton up – a win will do it as champions.

TAVISTOCK eased to a nine-wicket win over Thorverton that keeps the three-horse B Division promotion race going down to the wire.

Thorverton were rescued from an unimpressive 69 for six by Nick Barton, who went in at number eight and batted through for an unbeaten 50 to get the total up to 150 for eight.

Shaun Daymond (3-10 off nine overs) and Billy Barriball (2-37) took the wickets after Don Snyman (1-24) and James McGahey (0-17 off eight) had put Thors behind the clock.

Snyman (33) and Ian Gray (59no) put on 50 for Tavistock’s first wicket. Barriball (45no) was at the other end when the winning post was passed in the 36th over.

Tavistock remain third with one game left and seven points between them and promotion place behind champs elect Barton.

Tavistock have to get past Seaton to go up and have no room for error.

“We have to win at Ipplepen, who have nothing to play for, and hope Seaton slip up against Cullompton,” said Tavistock captain Daymond.

“Cullompton have their backs to the wall fighting to stay up so they could pull off a win over Seaton.

“We can’t do anything about that. What we have to do is give ourselves the best possible chance by winning out own game.

PLYMSTOCK have slipped into relegation danger after sliding to a 131-run defeat at Seaton.

Charles Martin’s side have lost six on the trot and been rained of once since they defeated Ipplepen by three wickets on July 7.

That run has dropped them down the table to third from bottom, just a point ahead of Cullompton in the second relegation slot.

Plymstock are at home to Shobrooke Park this Saturday under pressure to win, or if they lose to earn more points than Cullompton. Otherwise, the C Division West beckons.

Seaton’s in-form opener Matt Hewer – averaging 49 in the league – missed out as Billy Gibson (2-27) remove him in the second over.

The Canns – dad Brian (36) and lad Josh (26) put on 57 then Joel Seward (52) anchored the middle order while Ben Morgan (22) and Rob Prior (31) swished away at the other end to reach 207 for eight.

 Mitch, Ian Whalley and Tom Mitch took two wickets each.

Plymstock’s reply of 76 all out was a sorry affair to say the least.

Morgan (5-26) took out the top five, leaving Seward (3-14) and Prior (2-9) to account for the rest.

Said Morgan: “It was almost the ‘complete’ team performance.

“It was certainly one where everybody chipped in and the end result was no more than we deserved.”

He continued: “We got put in and when we lost Matt [Hewer] to the seventh ball of the game I was, momentarily, concerned. 

“However, Josh and Brian [Cann] batted so well – that was as good as we have seen from Brian all season and they gave us a platform from which we were able to see the job through to maximum batting points.”

SHOBROOKE Park are not out of relegation danger in the B Division yet despite a seven-wicket win over visiting Filleigh.

Cullompton’s win at Babbacombe may have left them in the bottom two, but they can get past Shobrooke Park on the last day of the season if they beat second-placed Seaton

Sandwiched between Cullompton (183pts) and Shobrook Park (191) are Plymstock (184). In a classic end-of-the-season cruncher, Shobrooke have to visit Plymstock this Saturday in the final round of games.

Filleigh, whose form in the second half of the season has bordered on the dismal, were all out for 114 with seven overs un-bowled.

Justin Saker made 28, three others just made it into double figures and Shobrooke dished up 34 extras.

Andrew Codling (2-25) and Ben Trenaman (2-34) accounted for the top four, which left Craig James (4-21) and the unrelated Jon James (2-16) to polish off the rest.

Chris Ford (17) and Jon James (20) got Shobrooke to 46 for three in reply. Craig James lashed 61 not out from 25 balls – seven fours, five sixes – to see things through.

CULLOMPTON’S four-wicket win over relegated Babbacombe gave them a fighting chance of avoiding the same fate.

Victory moved Cully within two points of safety with one game to go.

If Cullompton can upset the form book by beating second-placed Seaton this Saturday, they will go past either Plymstock or fellow strugglers Shobrooke Park, who play each other.

Yanrick Viljoen top scored for Babbacombe with 78 in their tally of 197 for nine. Cully’s Kenny Vos, a South African countryman of Viljoen’s, took five for 55 and Jason Parr picked up three for 45.

Parr (60no), backed up by captain and brother Brendon (30) and Adrian Pullin (25), wrapped up a much-needed win.