Cricket

Topsham St James Cricket Club held a two well-attended Presentation Evenings, writes Sheila Harding.

Budleigh's Tolchards Devon League A Division season ended in disappointment as they were beaten by Bradninch at Ottermouth.

The 2019 Tolchards Devon Cricket League is now over and that means the final count of wides bowled across the Premier, A, B and C to H Division's East can be revealed.

Exmouth finished the 2019 Tolchards Devon League season sitting sixth in the Premier Division which all means they will line up once again in the top flight when league cricket returns in May 2020.

One of the longest innings in Tolchards Devon Cricket League history is about to come to an end with the retirement of Exmouth's David Lye, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Clyst St George rounded off a wonderful season with a 15th win in 18 D Division East outings to leave them finishing as champions and a whopping 52 points better off than divisional runners-up Upottery who will join the Bohea Field men in the C Division East next season.

Exmouth completed their 2019 Tolchards Devon League campaign with a home defeat at the hands of a Sanford side that secured their top flight status for another season after their eight wicket win at the Maer ground.

Saturday (August 31) is the final day of the 2019 Tolchards Devon Cricket League season and there's not to much for our local sides to play for.

Woodbury & Newton St Cyres head into Saturday's final game of the league season in danger of slipping down a division after they were beaten by 56 runs at Countess Wear.

Topsham St James eased to a ninth wicket win over Upottery II in what was both teams' penultimate fixture of the 2019 Tolchards League E Division East season.

Clyst St George won their 14th game out of 17 Tolchards League D Division East matches as they beat hosts Honiton by 238 runs.

Budleigh Salterton's hopes of lining up in the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division in 2020 came to an end when they were beaten by four wickets at Abbotskerswell.

Exmouth were five wicket winners on their visit to Torquay and that result, combined with results elsewhere on the penultimate matchday of the 2019 Tolchards Devon League top flight season, means Torquay will play in the A Division in 2020.

Another highly successful Budleigh Cricket Club Community League competition came to a conclusion over the weekend.

Budleigh Salterton suffered a 95-run defeat in their Tolchards Devon League A Division clash with Hatherleigh and the result probably ends the Ottermouth men's hopes of bagging one of the two coveted promotion berths that would see the club back playing in the Premier Division next season.

Clyst St George will be crowned Tolchards D Division East champions on Saturday (August 24) when they bank a third point in their final away game of the season, their visit to Honiton.

Exmouth's three wicket win at Exeter took the Maer men to a lofty fifth in the Premier Division table and, with four teams and 32 points between them and the second relegation spot, with just four matches and a maximum of 40 points up for grabs, Exmouth are guaranteed of avoiding a bottom two finish.

Exmouth secured a seventh success of the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division season as they won by three wickets at Exeter.

Friday's heavy rain across the region may well resulting some of the local cricket matches being cancelled. That would be a shame for, with just three match days remaining, things are bubbling up nicely in a number of the divisions.

Somerset's Peter Trego returns to the Devon side after a three-match absence for the crunch game against Oxfordshire starting at Sidmouth on Sunday (11am), writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Speaking after his side's narrow defeat in a low scoring game at home to champions-in-waiting Heathcoat, Exmouth skipper Andrew Buzza said spoke of his delight - and frustration!

Woodbury & Newton St Cyres all-rounder Becca Silk had a day to remember, albeit in a losing cause as she hit her side's second top score and the took four wickets in a three wicket defeat at home to Ottery St Mary 2nds.

Topsham St James won the Tidball Insurance Cup after seeing off first Honiton and then got the better of Uplyme & Lyme Regis in a rain hit final on Finals Day at Shaldon in South Devon.

Exmouth went down by 17 runs in a thrilling Maer ground meeting with champions-elect Heathcoat.

Clyst St George are just 23 points away from sealing the Tolchards Devon League D Division East title after a 12th success in 15 outings, this one a 52-run win at Feniton.

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