Cornwood hurry to eight-wicket win over Barton in top-v-bottom clash

CORNWOOD defeated Barton by eight wickets as the top-against-bottom clash went true to form.

Barton’s batting problems surfaced again as they were bowled for 74 with nearly 15 overs un-bowled.

Run scoring has been Barton’s problem. The only time they scored more than 200, which was against Budleigh Salterton, they lost.

Last Saturday’s 84 all out against Tavistock, 91 against Bideford and 75 against Bradninch has now been joined by 74 all out on the list of dismal totals.

Matt Crampton went out to bat in the sixth over when Barton were seven for two and stuck around for 21 overs for a top score of 24. He was sixth out on 57 to Matt Tamsett (2-15).

Elliott Staddon did the damage at the other end and was on a hat-trick when he bowled Aaron Hearn and Stuart Bowker one after the other. Nathanial Beech survived the third delivery. Compensation for Staddon was finishing with a five-for-10 haul.

Morgan Harford (13no) was the only other Barton batter before or after Crampton to make it into double figures.

Cornwood lost two wickets on 53 – Ryan Rickard (35) and Aaron Richards (15) – knocking off the runs.

Ben Beaumont (14) and Staddon (9) were the not-out batters when Cornwood won the game in the 20th over.

Matt Skeemer, the Cornwood captain, said: “Bowling first was always going to be key to getting the full amount of points on a very difficult pitch. 

“Thankfully we did that and all our bowlers got the job done. 

“Elliott bowled exceptionally well for his five wickets and could have easily had more.”

Cornwood are 15 points clear at the top from second-placed Budleigh Salterton, who defeated Bideford by 58 runs.

Barton are now bottom of the table as Bideford earned enough points in their defeat by Budleigh to move two points ahead of them.