Ashburton's Arun Karthick on his way to a three-wicket haul against Babbacombe<br>credit: Julian Preston

DARTINGTON & Totnes clinched a sixth successive win at the top of the C West when they chased 178 to win at Shaldon.

Opener Karl Blackburn hit a top score of 51 and Richard Fisher made 37 in Shaldon’s total of 177 all out.

Jacobus Snyman (nine overs, 13 runs) and Jono Colegate (9-1-19-1) made life hard for Shaldon’s batters then veteran spinner Chris Cook twirled through the bottom half of the order on his way to figures of six for 27.

Snyman and Harry Baxendale missed out on the chase, but Cook (34) and Colegate (54no) made sedate progress to 107 for three.

Josh Orrall (24) was with Colegate most of the rest of the way.

Darts are 15 points clear at the top.

ASHBURTON consolidated second place in the C Division West with a six-wicket win at home against Babbacombe.

Miserly bowling from Matt Churchill (3-21) and Will Coon (3-24), plus wicket-taking bursts by Arun Karthick (3-40) helped limit Babbacombe to 170 for nine.

Tom Wood (31), Andy McVeigh (40) and Rob Redding (26) got Babbacombe up to 90 for three, then Steve Bowman (44) kept the board ticking over.

Ashes did not get the best of starts as openers Jake Pascoe and Lloyd White both went cheaply.

Ash Berry (48) and Dan Coles knocked off 78 then Karthick saw it through.

Karthick (34no) and Chris Pascoe (16no) ensured there were no further scares as the target was passed with 18 balls remaining.

Skipper Berry said "Another solid, all-round performance against a competitive side.

“We managed to restrict them with some periods of good bowling and fielding.

“We've still got a few areas to work on, but if we continue like this we won't go far wrong."

Ashburton are 15 points behind leaders Dartington & Totnes at the top. That could change this Saturday as the two sides meet at Foxhole this Saturday.

Babbacombe, who are fourth, are away to lowly Kingsbridge.

PLYMOUTH 2nd XI remain third in the C West table following a 34-run win over Kingsbridge.

Sam Knapman led the way with 66 and shared a stand worth 103 with Dave Burke (44) in Plymouth’s total of 224 for six. Adam Talbott (31) chipped in.

Bhanu de Silva (4-58) was Kingsbridge’s leading wicket taker. Veteran seamer Neal Peach (9-2-26-0) gave little away.

Kingsbridge got to 143 for four in reply with De Silva (40), Richard Carr (24) and Andy Sutton (35) all chipping in.

John Kerridge (5-33) did the damage with the ball to the middle order and with Dan Farnham (2-32) joining in Kingsbridge slowed to 190 for nine.

STOKE Gabriel and Bridestowe tied on run rate in a ran-affected nail-biter at the Eastley Ground.

Jack Tolley (64) and Isaac Withington (36) put on 85 for Stoke’s first wicket then Calum Moses (34) and Andy Kingdon (23) kicked on towards 178 for six. Jake Robinson (22no) took the tally to 214 for eight in 43 overs.

Gary Sizmur (4-43) was Bridestowe’s leading wicket taker. Callum Mallett (0-23) was frugal for nine overs.

After a second break for rain the target came down to 199 to win in 40 overs.

Sizmur (52) and Eddy Jones (83no) got Bridestowe down to the last two overs needing six to win with three wickets intact.

In the space of six balls Bridestowe scored five runs and lost three wickets on 198, two of them run outs, to leave it scores level.

CORNWOOD 2nd XI beat Yelverton by 27 runs to send the Moorlanders tumbling to a six straight defeat.

Yelverton’s opening bowler Richard Townsend (6-27) had Cornwood in all sorts of trouble with five of the wickets to fall in a running total of 65 for six.

Nick Tracey (27) and Jamie Bailey (38) led a fightback to 161 for eight and with Sam Griffiths adding 38 the Corns got to 184 all out.

James Casey (3-35) supported Townsend in the bowling department.

Yelverton nosedived to 72 for seven in reply to a combination of James Richardson (4-29) and Lee Baker (2-16).

Matt Smith (39) and Casey (24) put on 50 but, once Smith went the tail crumbled to 157 all out.

Cornwood sit fourth in the table. Winless Yelverton are rock bottom.