Joel Seward - Seaton's star man

JAMES Nicholls blasted a century to help Plymstock to a three-wicket win over Ipplepen at Dean Cross.

The Pens made a respectable 251 for nine in their 50 overs, led by Mawgan Penrice with 83.

Opener David Harris his 56 and in tandem with Penrice put on 141 for the second wicket.

Sam Wakeham grabbed 34 in a hurry before wickets started to fall in the dash for runs at the end.

Rob Cunningham (3-31) took the Plymstock bowling honours ahead of Ian Whalley (2-23) and Jason Williams Jnr (2-41).

Nicholls dug in while chaos reigned around him early on in the reply. At 16 for three – Paul Thomas (3-12) doing the damage – Plymstock had plenty to do.

The key stand for Plymstock was one of 166 between Nicholls and Williams.

When Nicholls finally fell for 112 he had completed his fifth DCL ton and reached a career best for Plymstock.

The target was down to 30 to win by then, most of which Williams got on his way to an unbeaten 81.

BILLY Barriball joined the ton-up club with an unbeaten 110 in Tavistock’s eight-wicket win at Shobrooke Park.

Shobrooke made 259 for eight before their 45 overs expired, no one going further than the patient 45 scored by opener Chris Ford.

Ford saw Dan Robbins (30), Jon James (20) and Craig James (41) come and go before he was cleaned out by Matt Puttock (4-60).

Veteran left-hander Richard Pyle weighed in with bright and breezy 35 at the end.

Tavistock opener Aaron Churchill didn’t last long, but one Ian Gray (57) and Billy Barriball had added 131 for the second wicket the writing was on the wall.

Dave Manning (54) was unbeaten on 54 off 34 balls – three fours, four sixes – when Tavistock galloped past the post in the 39th over.

Barriball, who had not scored a Tavvy ton before, hit 14 fours and a six in a 112-ball stay.

Tavistock sit fourth in the table, a mere seven points behind second-placed Filleigh, who are the visitors to the Ring this Saturday.

BARTON were made to work every inch of the way for their three-wicket win over lowly Babbacombe.

Opener Rob Redding was Babbacombe’s anchorman in their tally of 160 all out.

Redding (39) put on 56 with Steve Broad and kept going until he was sixth out at 145.

Jack Porter, home for the weekend from London, where he has been playing for Richmond, was too slippery for the Barton lower order.

Having picked up a couple of wickets first spell, Porter took four more second go to finish with six for 28.

Barton’s chase looked on course at 118 for four with Matt Crampton (25), Simon Edwards (32) and Porter all chipping in.

Veteran spinner Paul Bates (4-20) put a different complexion on the game as Barton dipped to 139 for seven.

Porter (49no) and Jonny Martin (13no) ensured there were no more mishaps.

FILLEIGH lost a bit more ground behind leaders Barton when they suffered a two-wicket defeat by Seaton.

A four-point discipline penalty cost Filleigh top spot in the wake of their defeat at Barton last time out.

Filleigh are now 14 points distant from the leaders after a second successive setback.

Filleigh only had two significant run getters in their total of 141 all out.

Mark Prideaux had 37 when he was fifth out at 89. Simon Prideaux made 40 more in the bottom half of the order.

Ben Morgan (3-20) nicked the bowling plaudits from Joel Seward (2-26) and tom Mitchell (2-31).

Matt Hewer (44) and Seward (59) took Seaton to 102 for two and on to 129 for four.

Ollie Squire (4-26) and James Hill (3-38) bowled Filleigh back into the game and Seaton were glad Ed Hunt held on for 10 not out to win the game.

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