Vincent MoM for table-topping Feniton + Hydon win soured by four-game ban for Wood

Sean Butler - three wickets for Budleigh Salterton against Honiton

FENITON’S winning streak at the top of the D Division East continued with a 20-run victory in the top-of-the-table clash at Upottery.

Upottery ere second in the table going into the game but have dropped back to fourth.

Feniton were glad of a half-century from Sam Vincent batting at seven for getting as far as 161 all out. They were 70 for five when he went in.

In-form James Mitcham did the damage with the ball for Upottery, He took six wickets for 21 runs off nine overs.

Jonathan Pyle knocked over both Upottery openers, but Jack Larcombe (22) and Mitcham (61) rebuilt.

Mitcham batted on after Larcombe until he was last man out on 141.

Vincent wrapped up a productive match by dismissing Mitcham to finish with figures of three for 28.

CLYST Hydon are sitting in second place behind unbeaten leaders Feniton after a dominant display that produced an eight-wicket win over Sandford.

Chris Blake (52) and Robert Stoyle (43no) were Sandford’s main run getters in a total of 200 all out. Hydon generously dished up 23 wides.

Chris Holmes (2-19) and Clinton Lewis (2-31) bowled tidy nine-over spells. Opening bowler James Billington (3-42) returned at the end to knock over nine, ten, jack.

Hydon openers Ian Sutton (97no) and Sinthuran Thevaraj (76) wiped 160 off the target before Ryan Glass made a breakthrough for Sandford.

It was too late then and skipper Sutton did not hang about knocking off the final few runs.

Hydon had a torrid time in 2018 when relegation looked inevitable from the halfway stage onwards.

Two wins in three starts this term is a turnaround to savour.

“It is a decent start as it is always nice to get a couple of wins under the belt early on,” said Sutton.

Hydon are going to be without wicketkeeper Hefin Wood for the foreseeable future while he serves a four-match ban imposed by the league’s discipline panel.

Wood was reported for dissent and bad language after the game against Honiton on May 12. His suspension from all cricket expires on Friday, June 21. Hydon have also been hit with a four-point deduction.

KENTISBEARE are still searching for their first league win of the season following a third successive defeat, this time at Chardstock.

Chardstock were wobbling at eight for two having lost openers James Hayden and Gary Larcombe to Marcus Busch and Tom Martin, but that was as good as it got for Kents.

Centurion - Rob HutchingsSkipper Rob Hutchings and Tom Warren both made centuries – 107 and 101 respectively – as Chardstock rattled along to 286 for nine.

Matt Stewart (2-41) broke the stand after 183 runs when he bowled Hutchings. Warren kept going until he was ninth out on 268.

Kents’ skipper Tom Martin (5-46) went through the bottom half of the order in the later stages.

Kentisbeare were all out in reply for 154, no one making more than Steve Reed (31). They were 58 for four before Reed, Harvey Sanders (22) and Jed Findlay (26) put bat to ball, but by then their chance had one.

Wickets were shared with three each for Nick Taylor and James Pyman and one each for four more bowlers.

HALF-centuries from Lee Hooper and Guy Bucknell were not enough to give Sampford Peverell & Tiverton victory over Clyst St George.

Clyst posted 230 for nine in their 45 overs and SP&T were always up around the asking rate.

Had Bucknell hung around just a little bit longer, SP&T might have pulled off the win. The former Dorset batsman was eighth out for 64 with the score on 198 and after that St George were always favourites.

Earlier, Hooper had cracked 12 fours and two sixes making 66 off 60 balls to get the chase going. 

The St George total was anchored by openers Chris Ferro (51) and Sam Read (38) then taking on by Jayak Nallala (30), Freddie Creer (26) and Andrew Donovan (41).

Joe Parkinson (2-30) pipped Josh Kallaway (2-48) for SP&T’s bowling pat on the back.

HONITON skipper James Pickard said there was nowhere to hide among the wreckage of an eight-wicket defeat by Budleigh Salterton.

Kahir Ahmadzai (3-15) and Sean Butler (3-17) ran through the Honiton batting with Pickard (22) offering most resistance in a total of 78 all out.

Opener Lee Russell made 25 as Budleigh knocked off the runs inside 15 overs.

Said Pickard: “Our batting was dreadful, a real horror show.

“The wicket was an absolute road to bat on and we got out to a mixture of full-tosses and poor shots.

“Once Andrew Lapping and Dave Haysom got out, we pretty well crumbled.”