JAMES Toms continued his comeback in league cricket with an unbeaten ton for Plymouth 2nd XI in their 10-wicket win at Kingsbridge.
Toms took the first steps back after a break from the game with 81 in the win over Babbacombe last time out.
This time Kingsbridge were on the receiving end as the former Devon batsman – notable for making a century on his Minor Counties debut – lashed an unbeaten 105.
Jack Hughes (5-35) and Tom Hughes (3-43) were largely responsible for dismissing Kingsbridge for 170. Ricky Carr top scored with 74.
Toms and Ollie Parsons (48no) knocked of the required runs without mishap to leave Kingbridge one more defeat from relegation.
CORNWOOD skipper Ben Griffiths blew away Yelverton’s middle order as the 2nd XI eased to an 86-run win over the relegated Moorlanders.
Openers Ciaran Gray (70) and Nathaniel Bell (81) were the Corns’ primary run getters in a 37-over total of 194 for seven.
Steve Colmer and Richard Townsend had three wickets each for Yelverton, who were already relegated before arriving at Oak Park.
Yelverton were all out for 108 with more than five overs to go – and 39 of those were extras. No one made more than 15.
After Lee Baker softened up the top order, Griffiths (4-31) went through the middle men.
ASHBURTON won by 75 runs at Babbacombe to push the Torquay side closer to a second successive relegation.
Arun Karthick, Ashes’ Aussie overseas player, made a to score of 50 in their tally of 150 all out. A stand of 57 with Ashley Berry (29) underpinned the innings. Steve Edmonds chipped in with 20.
Tim Goodwin (3-24) edge the bowling stats for Babbacombe from Andy McVeigh (2-30).
Only two batsmen made it into double figures – McVeigh (26) and Goodwin (13) – as Babbacombe were hustled out for 75. The damage was done during the time it took to slide from 38 for one to 48 for six.
Two bowlers stood out for Ashburton: Matt Coon (5-6) and brother Will, who had three for 27.
Winning captain Berry said: “We played some very good cricket, firstly to bat patiently and get a total on a wet track, and then to bowl some very good areas.”
STOKE Gabriel bounced straight back from their defeat by Cornwood 2nd XI with a win on the chase in a rain-affected game at Bridestowe.
Bridestowe made 164 for seven in a 41-over game, which Stoke knocked off with exactly 11 overs to spare.
Stoke (224pts) won’t be going up this season, but remain in contention with Ashburton (236) and Cornwood (230) for second place.
Opener Gary Sizmur hit a top score of 53 for Bridestowe and took them to 100 for three. Matt Dennis (31) and Tim Shaw (34) supplied the middle-order runs.
Isaac Withington (4-28) had the stand-out bowling figures for Stoke Gabriel. Jake Robinson – eight overs bowled, 15 runs conceded, one wicket taken – bowled an impressive spell.
Stoke skipper Jack Tolley scored 43 of the first 48 on the board to get the chase up and running.
Withington (32) maintained the pace set by his skipper then Robinson (24no) and Kai Horsborough (21no) wrapped things up.
Darts are in a strong position at the top of the table where they have a 47-point lead over second-placed Ashburton.