While Hatherleigh were losing for the fourth time in five weeks, Budleigh banked 18 points from a 90-run win at Lewdown to close the gap between the Ottermouth men and a coveted promotion spot (currently held by Hatherleigh) to 23 points.
Jack Purchall took a career-best 6 for 18, having already made the second highest score for the side on the day, but alas it was all in vain as Topsham St James 2nds were edged out in a close encounter with Countess Wear II, writes Mike Tracey.
Exmouth Under-15 skipper Luke Davies led from the front with first bat and then ball to guide his side to the national finals of the ECB Under-15 Club T20 cup after they defeated Welsh champions Lisvane by 44 runs.
Budleigh Salterton went down to a fifth defeat of the Tolchards Devon League A Division season when beaten by a margin of five wickets by Ivybridge in another of those games where the team batting second have a distinct advantage when the target is ‘re-assessed’ after a rain interruption.
The penultimate Saturday of July – also match 12 and the arrival of the two-thirds mark of the Tolchards Drinks Devon League season, was a washout across the league, with the one exception of table-topping Bovey Tracey.
Any outside hopes of forcing their way into the Tolchards Devon League A Division title race look to have gone for Budleigh after they went down by 62 runs on their visit to a Sandford side that are now 46 points above them with just seven games remaining in the campaign.