Exmouth installed as new leaders in D Division East
EXMOUTH defeated Upottery by 81 runs to take over from Heathcoat at the top of the D East table.
An opening stand of 96 between James Horler (40) and Harrison Folland (94) pointed Emxouth in the right direction. Luke Davies added 36 in a partnership of 75 with Folland towards the total of 225 for six.
Upottery, who were already out of the promotion running, were bowled out for 144. James Mitcham (34) had the only score above 20.
Alex Craib, Exmouth’s young XX, took four Upottery wickets for 19 runs.
Exmouth took top spot of Heathcoat, who lost by 36 runs to lowly Sandford.
Both sides are already assured of promotion with one game to go.
RYAN Glass sent Heathcoat 2nd XI spinning to a defeat that might be the lifeline win that keeps Sandford 2nd XI in the D Division East.
On paper the most likely result at Knightshayes in the top-against-nearly bottom clash was a Heathcoat win.
Sandford were bowled out for 173 in the last over, the sort of total table-topping Heathcoat have taken in their stride all season. Not this time.
Glass exploited conditions that suited spinners to take five Heathcoat wickets for 30 runs to earn a win that lifted his side out of the bottom three.
“Ryan was turning the ball square and there was not much we could do about it,” said Heathcoat captain Jake Stoneman.
Sandford are not out of danger yet as they need to stay ahead of North Devon 2nd XI to dodge the drop.
Sandford need three more points from their game against Barnstaple & Pilton than North Devon earn off Clyst St George to be safe.
Defeat cost Heathcoat the leadership – Exmouth beat Upottery to go past them – but they were already assured of promotion before the game.
Jim Shepherd (39), Glass (33) and Simon Saunders (32) were Sandford’s leading run getters. Will Thompson (5-33) did the bulk of the damage with the ball.
Heathcoat stammered along to 102 for five – Stoneman (23), Mat Parkes (33) – then subsided to 137 all out as Glass got going.
BARNSTAPLE & Pilton go into the final round of games in the D Division East still chasing promotion.
Top two Exmouth and Heathcoat 2nd XIs are already up, which leaves a straight fight between Chardstock and B&P for the third promotion place.
Chardstock are 10 points clear of Steve Moore’s side, but have Exmouth to play in the last round of games.
Exmouth’s motivation is to pick-up the win they need to ensure promotion as champions.
Barnstaple & Pilton are away to Sandford 2nd XI, a side with a different agenda but just as much motivation.
Sandford are locked in fight with North Devon 2nd XI to stay up and need three more points on the last day than their Instow rivals to be sure of staying up.
No easy points anywhere then, unlike last Saturday when B&P collected 20 points for a walkover when bottom side Uplyme & Lyme Regis cried off a trip to Raleigh Meadow.
NORTH Devon 2nd XI dropped into the D East bottom two after losing by 46 runs to Chardstock.
Steve Allsopp (50) and Gary Larcombe (77) were the primary run getters for Chardstock in their total of 206 for six. Larcombe was involved in stands that put on 149 runs.
Rob Ayre and Tim Cooke had two wickets each for North Devon.
North Devon had trouble keeping up with the asking rate and at 100 for six were behind the clock a long way out.
Three batters got into the 20s – James Tyson (23) the best of them – and Ross Clayton top scored on 36.
Pick of the bowlers with three for 27 was James Pyman.
CLYST St George sent Countess Wear tumbling to a 17-run defeat in the derby clash at Winslade Park.
Saints raced along to 268 for five in 45 overs – opener Chris Ferro batting most of the way through for 87.
Ferro put on 127 with Dan Kendall (46) and 98 with Andy Donovan (85) as the runs piled up.
The Wear only had two scores in double figures in their total of 91 all out: Jame Bogue (32) and Kam Singh (28). Five batters did not get a run between them.
Bertie Creer (5-27) and Steve Bourke (4-17) were Clyst’s wicket takers.
Clyst entertain relegation worriers North Devon this Saturday. Wear are at Uplyme.