Matt Hewer- top scored for Seaton at Babbacombe

PLYMSTOCK are flying high at the top if the B Division after sweeping aside Cullompton by 83 runs to make it two wins on the spin.

Skipper Charles Martin was the early-order anchor man with 42 in a total of 187 all out.

After Martin departed to Adrian Pullin (2-17), there plenty of chip-ins down the order. Tom Mitch (28) and Syed Ali (27) led the way.

Cully skipper James Blackmore tried seven bowlers searching for breakthroughs. Tom Mortiboys (3-19) made a couple in the later overs.

Rob Cunningham (4-23) struck early for Plymstock, knocking over the first three Cully batters for 14 runs on the board.

In-form Ali got stuck into the middle order and at 51 for eight with Jason Parr (21) just out, Cully were dead and buried.

Ali finished with five for 23 from a full nine-over spell. Todd Scrace was the last man standing, undefeated on 20 in Cully’s all-out total of 104.

SHOBROOKE Park and Barton shared a cricketing oddity when their game ended in a tie.

After 89.4 overs at Cricketfield Road it ended all square with both sides all out for 217.

Barton’s top scorer with 78 was Shaun Needham, who went in after the early demise of Matt Crampton to Ben Trenaman.

Needham put on 111 with Will Grainger (38), hitting a six and six fours in a 75-ball stay.

Jon James (3-24) broke the stand and with Tom Youngman (2-29) in the wickets Barton slowed from 140 for three to 147 for six.

Greg Shelton (30) and Jonny Martin (18) put on 29 lower down before Dan Robbins (3-48) brought himself back to skittle the tailenders.

Barton probably felt they were favourites when Shobrooke were 78 for five after 22 overs with Robbins (23) and Youngman (29) already out.

Craig James (45) and Richard Pyle (32) added 70 for the sixth wicket and at 198 for seven with James still in and three overs to go it was game on.

Losing James to Martin (3-13) was probably pivotal to Shobrooke’s prospects of winning.

Shobrooke reached the final over from Crampton needing three to win with last pair Bruce Kerry (28) and Trenaman at the crease.

Two wides levelled the score, which was how it stayed until the fourth legitimate ball of the over. Crampton bowled, the batsmen tried to take a run but ended up at the same end, leaving Matt Lipton to take off the bails and dismiss Trenaman.

FILLEIGH didn’t miss skipper Simon Prideaux that much in their 58-run win over Tavistock

Rob Collier took the helm for the day as Prideaux was in the local maternity unit welcome a new son into the world.

Filleigh rattled along to 224 for seven in their 45 overs, Harley Ashdown top scoring on 53.

Openers Justin Saker (46) and Jas Kalsi (4) put on 51 then Rob Collier (29) and Ashdown added 52 for the third wicket.

The big stand was one of 69 between Ashdown and Mark Prideaux (32no).

Tavistock’s bowlers were mostly economical without taking piles of wickets, the exception being Domini Snyman (1-69 off 9).

Tavistock were all out for 166 with more than seven overs to go. They fell away in the middle overs after Will Barriball (26) and Snyman (42) got them to 71 for two.

Filleigh bowler Ryan Bowden’s nine-over spell for just five runs conceded put pressure on the Tavvy batters.

Sean Cleve went in at 109 or seven with the game almost lost and made a solid 40 which took Tavistock to two batting bonus points.

THORVERTON fell short on the chase against visiting Ipplepen, who took a 41-run win back to South Devon.

Pens made a modest 171 for seven in their 45 overs, constructed round two key partnerships.

Dave Harris (30) and Ben Forsey (30) put on 62 for the third wicket after Thors’ seamer Ben Slaverio (2-40) picked off openers Adam Peters and Tom Durman,

Callum King made a patient 29 not out going in at third wicket down and with Gareth Penrice (28) at the other end added 59 for the seventh wicket.

Thors’ Nick Barton spun his way to figures of three for 31.

Thorverton struggled for runs in the top five with skipper Andy Pitt (20) the only batter to last long. Jonny Norman (4-38) and Will Gornall (2-17) did the damage.

At 45 for five Thors were staring down the barrel and needed batters to use up time.

Jake Crouch (11) hung around then Slaverio (22) and Barton (33no) chipped in with a stand of 36.

Ash Harvey (2-48) broke the stand, leaving Norman to return and wrap things up with two more wickets.

Thorverton will be aiming to bounce back at Barton CC this Saturday.

BABBACOMBE took Seaton all the way to the final over before conceding a six-wicket defeat at Walls Hill.

Dean Peall top scored with 50 and Damon Calland not far behind on 49 in Babbacombe’s total of 202 for seven. They put on 71 for the fifth wicket.

Rob Redding, promoted from the 2nd XI having made a ton the week before, was next best on 24.

Ben Morgan (2-30) and Kersley Sutton (2-32) bowled miserly nine-over spells for Seaton.

Matt Hewer opened up with 70 for Seaton and his partnership of 136 with Joel Seward (59) broke the back of the chase.

Spinners Calland and Paul Bates slowed the scoring and when three wickets fell getting from 149 to 158 there was some alarm in the Seaton camp.

Captain Morgan, not for the first time, steered the side him with an unbeaten 36, He and Steve Pritchard put on 48 unbroken to win the game with five balls to go.

Skipper Morgan said Hewer and Seward laid the foundations of a win, but someone else had to top it out.

“When Steve joined me, we needed just six an over off the last eight, which was just about manageable,” said Morgan.

“The loss of the three wickets and the fact I knew they had their opening bowlers to come back, did worry me.

“It’s not my game to go out and smash it, but, on this occasion it was a case of needs must and Steve played a crucial role in getting me back on strike.”