SAMPFORD Peverell & Tiverton defeated Yelverton Bohemians by 64 runs to reach the Tier Four champions’ play-off final.
Lee Hooper (46) and Tom Lock (40) got SP&T away to a 90-run start then Lewis Hough had the best of the bits-and-pieces scores that made up a final tally of 195 for eight. Mike Lemmings (4-22) took the bowling pat on the back for Yelverton.
The game was won and lost in the time it took Yelverton to slump from 88 for one to 98 for six then 102 for seven.
Ben Grove (53) and Richard Townsend (35) prospered at first but once Tom Hatton pinged them both only Robert Grove (21) made more than two on the way to 131 all out. Six batters did not manage a run between them.
Hatton (3-36) was backed up by Robbie Broomhead (2-23) and Robert Venn (3-12) in the business of dismissing Yelverton.
Joe Parkinson, the SP&T captain, said although Hooper and Lock laid the foundations there was more to winning the game than their partnership.
"A good opening partnership put us in a good place, but I did feel at the halfway stage we could be a few runs light,” said Parkinson.
“Then Tom Hatton and Rob Venn bowled well in the middle and put us back into the game.
“Now we are looking forward to what the final against Bridestowe brings this weekend.”
SOUTH DEVON’S hopes of reaching the Tier Four final were shattered by a 139-run defeat at the hands of Bridestowe.
Dillip Salinda accounted for Bridestowe dangerman Gary Sizmur early in proceedings, followed by Tom Pengelly and James Ewen going cheaply in a running total of 45 for three.
A stand of 96 for the fourth wicket between Leon Horn (52) and Jack Hatton (71) got Bridestowe up and running towards a total of 237 for five.
Skipper Eddie Jones (21no) and Brandon Horn with a rapid 33 not out put on 49 unbroken as the bowling flagged a bit in the last five overs.
South Devon openers Jonty Tupman and Dax Oliver were in then out in hurry, but Matt Beasant and James Allen took few risks against Sizmur and Jones while ball dominated bat.
Two wickets in two balls for Jones (3-27) had South Devon back in trouble at 29 for four and left Beasant and Paul Hooper to salvage the situation.
Once Hooper was stumped for 25, the first of three wickets for Callum Mallett (3-24) it was only a question of how much longer South Devon could last.
Beasant went next and with him out of the way Mallett and Tom Pengelly (3-28) consigned South Devon to 98 all out.
CLYST St George batted Sidmouth 2ndXI out of the game to reach the Tier Four runners-up final.
Dan Kendall (79) notched his third league half-century in six hits in Clyst’s tally of 244 for eight. Freddie Creer (39), Andy Donovan (54) and veteran Tim Read (46) all joined in. Miles Dalton (3-50) and Ben Fisher (3-71) were Sidmouth’s main wicket takers.
Dalton then top scored with 50 in the Sidmouth reply of 159 for nine. By the time he went in at six wickets down Inder Singh (4-31) and Kendall (2-15) had already scuppered the chase.
Clyst’s 85-run win has earned them a home game against Bovey Tracey 3rdXI in their play off game.