Six of the best! Ashburton's Chris Yeo, whose six-wicket haul decimated South Devon's batting<br>credit: Conrad Sutcliffe - no re-use without copyright owner's consent

ASHBURTON bowler Chris Yeo had six of the best in a 118-run spanking administered to near neighbours South Devon.

South Devon, chasing 255 to win, were well placed at 90 for two thanks to Danny Duke (30) and Mali Marshall (32) getting them there.

South Devon’s problems started when Yeo dismissed Jonny Martin for 13 and deteriorated further as Toby Goodman then Duke fell in quick succession.

Joe Kitto (27) was the only one of the remaining batters to make much headway as South Devon veered from 90 for two to 96 for five then 115 for eight on the way to 136 all out.

Off-spinner Yeo (6-16) was backed-up in the wicket-taking business by Ryan May with three for 39.

Ashburton’s total of 254 for seven was constructed around an opening stand of 146 between Steve Edmonds (78) and George Yabsley (57).

Ash Berry (38) and Matt Churchill (26) added 56 for the fifth wicket. Duke (3-36) was South Devon’s most successful bowler.

IVYBRIDGE made light work of a seven-wicket win over Plymouth 2nd XI that kept them out in front of the rest at the top of the C Division West.

Plymouth were all out for 141 with more than three of their 45 overs unused. Arthur Johnson (3-31) had two of the Plymouth wickets to fall in a running total of 41 for four.

Jack Hughes (27) and captain Dan Rogers (30) staged their own fightback, but wickets for Lewis Clarke (2-12) and Adam Huxtable (2-17) left Plymouth little wriggle room.

Ivybridge lost wickets at 18, 52 and 106 on the way to preserving their unbeaten start to the season.

Harvey Johnson (54) was third out on 106, which left Zack Dunn (26no) and  Cebo Tshiki (19no) to tie-up the loose ends early in the 24th over.

Ivybridge are three points clear of chasers Paignton 2nd XI at the top of the table. That will change this Saturday as the two sides meet at Queen’s Park in a first-against-second tussle.

YELVERTON won for only the second time this season when they defeated Cornwood 2nd XI by just one run.

Winning margins don’t come much closer than one run, although Cornwood are probably still wondering how they failed to make 200 to win? 

The target was 18 to win from the last five overs with three wickets intact, including Andy Bees on 19 not out.

Losing Matt Puttock then Bees (20) in successive balls, left Cornwood’s last pair of Alex Shutt and Joe Davies to find 13 to win. They got down to the last over needing three more when Shutt was run-out looking for a second run to level the scores.

Opener Mike Lemmings top scored for Yelverton with 54. When he went Joe Trimmer (23) and Ben Grove (37) topped-up the tally.

Forty-three extras helped Yelverton reach 199 all out in the 42nd over. Best of the bowling for Cornwood came from Shutt, who bagged five for 27 against his former team-mates. Puttock bagged a brace.

Skipper Robin Dart (54) gave Cornwood’s chase a suitable start. Finn Torley (40) kept it going before he was seventh out on 150.

Bees and Puttock appeared to have the pursuit under control while knocking-off 36. A wicket each for Toby Julian and Joe Trimmer changed all that and led to a nail-gnawing finish.

Dart, the disappointed losing captain, said there were a number of reasons the game got away from the Wood.

“We lost wickets at key stages in the chase with some poor cricketing decisions,” said Dart.

“I felt we bowled ok – too many extras though – but got very little luck.”

In a division with only one promotion place, there is little room for error among sides aiming for promotion, as Dart learned last season.

“Losses in this division are tough to take,” he said. “As we've seen in recent years, you have to be nearly perfect to go up. 

“We'll look to bounce back this week against Sandford.”

PAIGNTON 2nd XI remain hard on the heels of Ivybridge at the top of the C Division West after a hard-earned 20-run win over Kingsbridge on the Butts.

Opener Sam Simcox top scored on 53 for Paignton, who were bowled out for 195 in the last of their 45 overs.

Simcox was second out on 124 having put on 93 with Neil Hancock, who made a watchful 32 off 79 balls.

Mark Orchard (23) and 32 extras were the only other scores of note on Paignton’s side of the scorebook.

Freddie Weir’s three-wicket haul for Kingsbridge included Simcox. Farzad Safi and James Westlake took two wickets each.

Kingsbridge developed an unhappy habit of losing wickets in bunches, which probably cost them the game. 

Having slipped from 62 for one to 72 for four, Alex Browne and Rakesh Gheravada (17) put on 53 to stop the slide.

Kingsbridge and Browne had to do it all over again when they dipped from 126 for four to 132 for seven.

Browne got as far as 59 before opening bowler Sean Kirk returned to pry him out. From 163 for nine it was a short stumble to 175 all out.

Tom Blundell (2-17) and Mark Orchard (2-22) had two wickets each in the top half of the Kingsbridge batting. Max Pedley (4-24) dealt with the stragglers.

BRIXHAM stayed calm during a tense finale to defeat winless Sandford 2nd XI by seven runs.

Brixham posted a healthy 241 for eight in a 45-over game, which looked just about in Sandford’s reach when they were 208 for five in reply with Praison Alias approaching a half-century with five overs to go and five wickets in hand.

Pete Steer had previously made 54 and Shaun Hawkins 77 during a stand of 111 that had given Sandford hope of that elusive first league win.

Scoreboard pressure seemed to get to Sandford, who got down to the final over from Ravina Silva needing 10 to win.

Two wickets went at the start of the over – Alias the second of them for 52 – and Sandford ran out of time eight runs short of victory on 234 for eight.

Bradley McKee (3-43) was Brixham’s leading wicket-taker, but the containing contributions from Rhys Dallow (0-30 off 9) and Lee Upham (0-33) should not be overlooked.

Brixham got to 179 for two with runs from Richard Ward (41), Tom Hopper (36) and Mike Barron (67).

Losing four wickets for no runs scored at all – Hawkins (2-30) and Alias (2-50) doing the damage – threatened to scupper Brixham.

Holly Perkin (21) and Upham (23no) regrouped and, ultimately, put the game beyond Sandford.