Ashburton beat Bideford to put Pens top of the pile
IPPLEPEN will be aiming for a third straight win when they go to Ottery St Mary.
The newly-promoted Pens took over at the top of the table last time out when they overcame Kingsbridge by four wickets.
Runs were a struggle for Kingsbridge, who were glad of an unbeaten 61 from Chris Bowles for holding it together.
With Bowles and Chris Clarke (21) getting their heads down, Kingsbridge limped from 78 for six to 163 for eight.
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Keith Wakeham (2-54) and Paul Thomas (2-43) provided the bowling back up to Steve Bowden (3-29).
Pens had victory in the bag with nearly four overs to spare – and once again they were led home by Jonny Ranjit (36no).
Neil Peace (3-31) and Bhanuka DaSilva (2-30) caused a problem or two, but after Sam Wakeham (25no) made a hole in the deficit, Ranjit and Joe Abbott (25no) saw it through.
ASHBURTON go into their meeting with Chagford flying high following a remarkable 167-run win over early pacesetters Bideford.
The North Devon side got off to a cracking start by winning their first two matches and were expected to be Ashes' toughest test yet.
It didn't work out that way though as Bideford were knocked off the top by Ashburton, who have eased into second place themselves.
Chris Pascoe featured in stands of 85 with Ashley Harvey (27) and 50 with Tom Durman (22) as Ashes got to 220 for seven. Thirty-six extras helped.
There were two wickets each for spinners Chris Luxton and James Ford.
Bideford's batters ran into Ashes' Tom Durman at his finest. Durman took seven for 18 and there were three wickets for Kris Connabeer as the visitors were dismissed for 54.
Bideford had been 11 for four and after a partial recovery was snuffed out they lost three wickets on 36 then collapsed in a heap.
CHAGFORD were 71-run winners when they travelled to Clyst Hydon.
Billy Searle top scored with 59 and Dave Chadwick had 36 in Chagford's total of 199 for seven. Clinton Lewis (4-38) led the bowling effort for Hydon, well supported by Chris Jelly (3-35).
Searle (3-24) and Derek Lammonby (3-26) then put the skids under Hydon, who were packed off for 128. There were more extras – 39 – than any individual scored off the bat.