South Devon still looking for first win of the season
SOUTH Devon host Brixham in the next round of fixtures still looking for that elusive first league win of the season.
Arch rivals Abbotskerswell turned them over by 77 runs last time out, a result which leaves South Devon one off the bottom of the table.
Abbots were all out for 185 having recovered from 80 for four thanks to a stand of 59 between skipper Richard Lake (41) and Marcus Green (27) for the fifth wicket.
Richard Ashworth had made 21 at the top of the order in an effective, new opening partnership with Alex Birt that put 42 on for the first wicket.
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South Devon new boy Sam Davies (5-50) and spinner Matt Coult (2-46) appeared to have bowled the Newton Abbot team into a winning position.
Abbots then reduced South Devon to 54 for six in reply – Phil Allen (3-15) and Rob Shergold (5-31) doing the damage – and despite a battling 39 by Paul Hooper against his former club they were shot out for 108 with 16 overs to go.
Looking back at the game, South Devon skipper Adrian Hewings said: "Although we bowled well, unfortunately we couldn't hold key catches which would have changed the chase.
"Positives to take away from the game were five wickets on debut for Sam Davies and a good bowling performance all round."
Abbots skipper Lake was pleased his ploy of pairing Birt with Ashworth, but feels the batting still isn't right.
"We still aren't building good enough parternships," said Lake, who takes Abbots to Paignton on Saturday.
BRIXHAM go to South Devon this Saturday looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season.
Matt Renwick was the top scorer with 42 as Brixham were bowled out for 182 with more than three overs to go.
Braunton knocked off the target with three wickets in hand and were into the second of their extra overs when they hit the winning runs.
Brixham went in fits and starts when they batted. Renwick and Craig Eaves (25) got them up to 124 for three – then the next three wickets fell for just one run added.
Tim Robinson (25) and Mark Gilmour got the score going a second time.
Pick of the Braunton bowlers was Andy Paddison (5-29).
Jas Kalsi smacked 69 to get Braunton iup and running and when he left at 127 they were well on their way.
Lee Upham (4-24) made it interesting for a while and at 167 for seven Brixham had a chance. Darren Hawkings (18no) and Braunton captain Jon Baglow (11no) settled it