South Devon League Cup winners Lustleigh after their win over South Plymouth: Back (left to right): Marcus Manners-Chapman, Matthew Pearce, Darren Hopkins, James Fullner, Steve Wright, Ben Mitson; front: Liam Gardner, Paul Foot, Mike Wright, Duncan Manners-Chapman, Ed Griffin

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LUSTLEIGH beat South Plymouth by seven wickets to lift the South Devon League Cup.

The teams were only separated by a point in the final table, which irritated Lustleigh.

South Plymouth claimed the league title almost by default from Lustleigh, courtesy of a walkover in their last game against Ipplepen, who could not raise a side.

The 12 points garnered for not playing gave South Plymouth the Division One title by a point from Lustleigh.

Kenton Vos, the South African who had stared for Lustleigh in their semi-final win over Bovey Tracey, had returned home by the day of the final which put the onus on Duncan Manners Chapman and Liam Gardner to open the bowling and get them going.

Gardner took a wicket in the first over – just the start Lustleigh wanted. Wickets fell quickly as South Plymouth were reduced to 18 for five.

Sadiq made 60 as South Plymouth rallied briefly. The resistance didn’t last long as Matthew Pearce, Paul Foot and Edd Griffin chipped away at the middle order.

Gardiner finished with four wickets as South Plymouth were bowled out for 105.

Lustleigh got off to a good start with James Fulner (30) and Darren Hopkins scoring freely.

Griffin won the game with a brisk 51 not out – clinching victory with a six.

It was a fine finish to the season for Lustleigh and one that made up for missing out on winning the league.

Cup semi-finals

Kingsbridge v South Plymouth waterlogged pitch, Match decided by a bowl out. South Plymouth 2wkts from 5 deliveries bt Kingsbridge 1wkt from 15 deliveries.

Lustleigh 155 (Sh Wright 25, K Vos 21, M Wright 21; W Christophers 5-20, C Yabsley 2-15), Bovey Tracey 139 (H Senior 34, T Codd 22; K Vos 5-16, P Foot 2-30, M Pearce 2-32). Lustleigh bt Bovey by 16 runs.

Cup final

South Plymouth 106 (S Hasan 62no; L Gardner 4-29, D Manners-Chapman 3-14, M Pearce 2-8), Lustleigh 110-3 (E Griffin 51no, J Fulner 29, D Manners-Chapman 39no; U Tariq 2-22). Lustleigh won by 7 wkts.