CLYST Hydon came unstuck against Sidmouth II, who raced away to an eight-wicket win on the Fortfield.
Hydon openers Ian Sutton (42) and Gwllym Davies (25) looked comfortable enough, but no one else scored more than 12 in a total of 110 all out.
Sidmouth’s Charlie Dibble went for 10 in his first over – Sutton planting him for six – then bowled eight more overs for just 10 more runs in total.
Dibble broke the opening stand of 68 when he had Sutton caught on the boundary. Davies went without addition.
It was downhill all the way after that with Dibble taking five for 20, Daley Holmes three for 18 and Byron Knowles two for 12.
Sidmouth got to 70 without loss thanks to Issac Thomas (46) and Nick Mansfield (29).
It was job done after 176 overs with Sidmouth skipper Anthony Griffiths not out on 15.
Hydon are at home to Kilmington this Saturday.
FOUR wickets each for Matt Brown and Devon Nightingale sped Whimple to a 107-run win at Alphington.
Cameron Kidd top scored for Whimple with 54 in their tally of 194 all out.
Openers Nathan Kidd (30) and Henry Gordon-Lennox (27) put on exactly 50 then Cameron Kidd kept the board ticking over into the 140s.
Mark Halse and Tom Ballett had three wickets each for the Alphas.
Will Pring (25) was the only Alphington batter in the top six to make a significant score as they slumped to 68 for five. Brown (4-17) and Neil Maud (2-22) did the damage.
Alphington got to 80 for five then lost Tom Baxter to Nightingale and collapsed in a heap.
Five wickets went for seven runs scored as Nightingale (4-20) and Brown (4-17) dismissed Alphington for 87.
It doesn’t get any easier for Alphington this Saturday as they are up against early front-runners Sidmouth II.
Whimple are at home to Budleigh Salterton.
Winning skipper Ben Silk said to keep winning Whimple have to show the same ruthlessness that did for Alphington.
“We had all felt a little disappointment with the opening game against Sidmouth, where we felt we did not do ourselves justice,” said Silk.
“Here we are, two games in, with no side – apart from Sidmouth – having won two from two.
“That tells me everyone else in the division is going to be capable of beating the other. It also means that, when we get on top of games, we need to make it count.”
BUDLEIGH Salterton defeated Feniton by two wickets in a low-scoring affair at Ottermouth
Feniton, who were put in, were skittled out for 55 in 20 overs, but then hit back to claim eight Budleigh wickets before the home side limped over the line.
Matt Murphy was the destroyer in chief for Budleigh with a five-for-22 haul. Chris Battin had three for 22.
Graham Tucker made 19 for Feniton. No one else got past six!
Budleigh lost a wicket without a run on the board with Steve Booth caught at point by Matt Kingdom off the bowling of Jack Tucker.
John Pyle took the Feniton bowling honours with four for 11 from nine overs and Matthew Davies had figures of 3-18 from nine overs.
The game was even closer than it looked as Budleigh were 42 for eight when the rule book came to their aid.
Under league rules when the clock reached 4.30pm, Budleigh were entitled to take tea.
The extra half hour of drying time in the sun helped the home cause and, when Adam Jones (14no) and Matt Murphy emerged after tea, they managed to see their side to victory without mishap.
Losing captain Mark Salter said: “It was one of those games that was won before a ball was bowled in anger.
“Whoever won the toss was clearly going to have an advantage. The pitch was like a bog in places and the wicket was both green and wet.
“Aa point in the match when we were on top, we had to leave the pitch for tea and that certainly gave them the advantage.
“Had tea not come I’d like to think we’d have finished the job off.”
KILMINGTON had too many runs on the board for Ottery St Mary – a hundred too many to be precise.
After Tom Gooding (21) and Billy Read (34) opened up with a stand of 51, Kilmington skpper Brett Garner helped himself to 82.
Garner went in a 80 for two and was sixth out at 225 to Zac Johns (2-52).
Josh Short (20) helped Kilmington reach 272 for nine.
Sam Brook (4-38) was the leading Ottery wicket taker.
Ottery, faced with scoring at six an over from the start, soon slipped behind the rate.
Oliver West opened and was last man out for 84 in Ottery’s total of 172. The only sizeable stand was one of 58 with Jack Malden (35). Matt Pile and Rob Crabb took three wickets each.
Said Garner: “We did say at tea that it was half a job done well and that if we could not defend that sort of score then we’d not deserve to win it!”
BRAUNTON gave Exeter II a scare on the County Ground before slipping to a three-wicket defeat with one ball to go.
Bobby Patterson top scored for Braunton with 61 and chip-ins from Jon Baglow (39) and Alec Hodges (32) got the score up to 183 for six. Only one bowler mattered for Exeter: Fin O’Brien (4-25).
Naz Choudhary (37) top scored for Exeter with Glenn Lammonby (35) close behind.
Thirteen-year-old left-armer Jack Whittaker (3-28) led the bowling effort for Braunton, aided and abetted by Mark Russell (2-33)
Finn O’Brien (23no) and Ben Hayes (23no) had to score five from the final over bowled by Brunton’s Mike Brown to win the game.