Brother helps Bovey Tracey skipper shine in front of parents with first century
Bovey Tracey skipper Peter Bradley blazed away to his maiden Francis Clark Premier Division century as his side beat Budleigh Salterton by 74 runs to snatch top spot.
Bradley hit 119 off 142 balls, caning Budleigh for a dozen fours and two sixes, in Bovey's tally of 255 for five.
Support came from brother Chris and former Devon captain Neil Hancock with a brace of 26s, before the centurion was dismissed at 220 for four.
Budleigh were well adrift on 181 for nine when the overs ran out. James Burke top-scored with 50 and skipper Joel Murphy constructed a patient 34 after coming in at 111 for six.
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The bowling star of the show was Matt Kidd, with five for 38.
Bradley said he was proud to have scored his first ton while his parents were watching – and the icing on the cake was batting with brother Chris at the time.
"Everyone else seemed more excited about it than I was," said skipper Bradley. "I was conscious that I had to stay focused on captaining the side as making a hundred would not mean a lot if we went on to lose the game."
Captain Murphy said Budleigh failed to reach the standard needed to be competitive. "It is all very well saying we have a young side, but if players aspire to premier cricket we have to cut down the mistakes," he said.
Exmouth skipper Richard Baggs breathed a huge sigh of relief after his side overwhelmed defending champions North Devon by 83 runs.
It was Exmouth's first league win of the season and was built around a century from David Lye.
Glenn Querl's three for 36 was as good as it got with the ball for North Devon, who were all out for 198 with more than four overs to bowl. A stand of 66 for the eighth wicket between former captain Rob Ayre (53) and Jason Hayes (35) came too late.
The Anning brothers – Trevor (two for 28) and Phil (two for 20) knocked over the stragglers. Pride of place in the bowling figures went to Max Curtis with three for 35, including Ayre to wrap it up.
Said Baggs: "It was a great performance all-round and earned a win we really needed. David Lye batted superbly with good support from the others."
Sandford got off the mark in the Premier Division at the third time of asking thanks to a six-wicket derby win over Heathcoat.
Bradninch beat Torquay by eight runs in a see-saw encounter between two previously unbeaten teams.
Plymouth won a high-scoring game at Sidmouth by 34 runs – James Toms smashing 129 in a total of 316 for six.