Chudleigh climb up to second
CHUDLEIGH head for Thorverton this Saturday back in the promotion race after winning by six wickets at Tavistock.
Chudleigh needed a win after going two games without one and got there after a struggle.
The hard bit appeared to have been done by Mark Heather (4-33) and Jon Martin (3-29), who skittled Tavvy out for 112.
Jamie Stephens (3-24) then had Chudleigh rocking at 52 for four, but Divan Maritz (58no) and Gus Solway (12no) saw them home.
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However, it could easily have been a different story had Tavistock not dropped Maritz on 20.
Victory puts Chudleigh in second place behind leaders Hatherleigh, who overcame Dartington & Totnes by two wickets in a real nail-biter.
Super-veteran Nick Rogers (5-19) – his call-up for Devon O60s can't be far away – and Hatherleigh skipper Mark Lake (4-33) combined to shoot D&T out for 96.
Take out Ian Bransdon's 33 and there wasn't much from the rest of the D&T batting.
Hatherleigh were 52 for none on the chase, Richard Lake making 22, then lost the plot against Ryan Stevenson (4-33) and found their backs to the wall.
Ryan Davies (20no) aided by Andy Collier (18) and Simon Gillespie (10) got Hatherleigh there in the end.
Dartington entertain Barton this Saturday.
Barton are only five points off second place in a crowded mid-table thanks to their six- wicket win over Thorverton.
Ex-Paignton player James Hope made 37 and there were 30 extras in Thors' 105 all out. Dave Baldock's nine was next best.
Stuart Bowker and Adam Parker with four wickets each did the damage as Thors collapsed from 85 for three.
Barton didn't hang about knocking off the runs with Sean Needham (17) and Adam Parker (27) getting on with it.
Janin Rashmi (29no) applied the finishing touches after Barton had negotiated Ben Slaverio (3-31).
Barton have had a patchy start to the season, but skipper Adam Parker thinks a corner has been turned.
"It was a good, all-round team performance which shows we are moving in the right direction," said Parker.
"We are back in the mix at the top of the table. The key thing now is to string some positive results together."