Bovey beaten at Plymouth – but still top Premier Division table
Bovey Tracey skipper Peter Bradley claimed he was not too worried about losing by four wickets at Plymouth in the only Francis Clark Devon League Premier Division game played on Saturday.
Table-toppers Bovey were held to 110 for nine in the 30-overs-each game – a better score than it looked in the conditions.
The Plymouth side had a bit of a wobble when they fell to 22 for three in reply – and had Chris Barr been caught in the gully third ball instead of being dropped the pressure would have been on.
Barr went on to make 25 of the next 30 runs scored, and after he went John Bryant (36 not out) and George Stephenson (22 not out) steered Plymouth home.
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Bovey Tracey remain at the top of the table, but their lead has been trimmed to two points.
Bradley said Bovey had enough opportunities to win the game that they didn't take, but had not suffered too badly by losing.
"If we hadn't played we would have got four points more than we did. No-one else played, we are still top, and in the grand scheme of things losing hasn't cost us that much," Bradley insisted afterwards.
Barr (three for 18) was Plymouth's leading wicket-taker, and among them was the third-ball dismissal of big-hitter and former Devon captain Neil Hancock.
Lewis Hammett made a top score of 40 – Andy Birkett (two for 14) got him out at 74 for five – and the only other player in double figures was Aren de Young (16).
With Rob Bennett, James Toms and Andy Birkett all in and out cheaply, Plymouth had some work to do. Barr and Bryant put on 30, leaving Stephenson and Bryant to knock off the rest.
Plymouth captain Callum Whittaker accepted that luck had favoured his side – but added that this was only part of the story.
"We still needed to do the job with the ball and all of the lads bowled superbly," Whittaker declared.
"We batted with discipline and, despite a few scares, got home on a pitch which improved throughout the day."
Heathcoat stormed into the last four of the Devon Senior Cup yesterday – and a date with holders Sidmouth – when they trounced Budleigh Salterton by 128 runs.
The Smith brothers were Heathcoat's primary run scorers – with Sam making 115 and Joe 74 as their stand of 162 formed the bulk of Heathcoat's tally.
Budleigh were all out for 94 in reply – and acting captain Lloyd White put 50 of them on the board.
Holders Sidmouth recovered from a patchy start – they were seven for two – to beat Cornwood by 103 runs in the same competition.
Josh Bess cracked a top score of 79 in Sidmouth's total of 190 for six, and then Sam Anderson finished with four for 11 as Cornwood were skittled for 87.
Neil Hancock lashed 77 off 67 balls against his old club as Bovey Tracey beat Paignton by 68 runs to set up a semi-final date with Exeter.
Paignton slowed after losing Chris Kelmere (36) and Brady Barends, bowing out for 131 with four overs to go.
Mike Wilkinson (59 not out) steered Exeter to a four-wicket win over Plymouth – but it was a close-run thing with just four balls remaining in the match.