Barton add B Division title to their collection - now for the clean sweep
BARTON are going for a clean sweep on Saturday when they attempt to add the Corinthian Cup to their collection of 1stXI silverware this season.
The league season may be over, but there is unfinished business in the 20-over Corinthian Cup, which should have been settled on August Bank Holiday Sunday.
Rain prevented any play at North Devon CC, which meant switching two semis and the final to the reserve day.
Barton, who already have the Aaron Printers Cup, the Dick Lear Cup and the Tolchards Devon League title in the bag, play Seaton in the second semi-final.
Upottery and Cullompton are due to contest the morning semi.
The Sunday XI has also won the South Devon League, another achievement worth celebrating, according to skipper Adam Parker.
“It is not every year you come away with a league championship, two cups and the Sunday league championship – with one more to get,” said Parker.
“All of the success is testament to the hard work of the players sticking together and winning some games that we didn't have the right to win.”
Barton were already up from the B Division before running into Filleigh last Saturday.
Nine points were needed to clinch the title and a 36-run win settled it.
South African left-hander Matt Crampton, who is on his way to New Zealand any day now for a domestic season there, top scored for Barton with 71 not out in their 236 for three.
Openers Alex Hunt (35) and Simon Edwards (24) put on 62, Crampton and Shaun Needham (36) added 70 and there was an unbroken stand of 80 between skipper Adam Parker and Crampton.
Filleigh got to 181 for four in reply then the chase tailed off dramatically once Jack Brazier (34) departed.
The spin of Crampton (3-41) and Stuart Bowker (3-47) went through the middle order, leaving Parker (3-17) to mop-up at the end.
“Fantastic to get promotion and even better to get it as champions,” said Parker.
“It was great to see us fighting for the win rather then settle for the loss as we have been guilty of doing in past seasons.
“There is a great feeling around the club with everyone itching to put in the hard work over the winter and hit the ground running next season.”