HEATHCOAT II were soon back to winning ways with a 124-run victory over Sandford.
The long-time D East leaders had a wobble seven days earlier when they lost to North Devon, but it was back to business against the Villagers.
Simon Sobczak rattled off 82 not out as Heathcoat surged to 252 for six.
Best of Sobczak’s stands were 59 with Jake Stoneman (24), 66 with Dan Elliott (25) and 44 unbroken with Matt Hague (30).
Sandford found wickets hard to take, although Greg Lewis and Simon Saunders did pick up a couple each.
Sandford got to 56 for two – Saunders (24) and Tom Williams (25) the scorers – then went into a steady decline to 128 all out. Jack Prescott was 19 not out when the last wicket fell.
Heathcoat bowler Louis Stephenson pressed his case for a 1stXI recall with three for 14 and there were three more wickets for Finn Stoneman (3-25).
THERE was a nail-biting finish at the Bohea Field where vising Countess Wear held on to win by two runs against Clyst St George.
The Wear were solid all the way down the order on their way to 228 all out in 37 overs.
Kav Dias (21), Neil Pateman (20), Nathan Bright (22) and Harsha Sinnappu Liyanage (25) got the score up to 144 for six. Jon Heaver’s 36 not out at no.8 proved a more than useful knock too.
Oli Chatterjee (3-20) shaded Dan Kendall (3-39) for the bowling laurels.
Clyst went off in hot pursuit, led by Chris Ferro (25), Freddie Creer (40) and Dan Kendall (51) in a running total of 163 for six.
Adam Ykhlef (22) and Chatterjee (18) kept going and with an over to go from Par Singh (5-56) the target was eight to win with last pair Harry Attwater (18) and Bertie Creer at the crease. They managed five before Attwater was run-out off the penultimate ball.
LAWRENCE Greenway took four wickets and there were three more for Alex Craib in Exmouth II’s 17-run win at Upottery.
James Horler (73) and George Greenway (46) put on 75 for Exmouth’s second wicket and with Lawrence Greenway (62) and Louis Morison (31) adding 105 for the third a total of 242 for four was reached.
Upottery had a real go at knocking off the runs, Rob Tasker (66), James Mitcham (34) and Ryan Pullman (32) leading the way, but a slump from 178 for three to 188 for seven derailed the chase.
Lawrence Greenway (4-75) took the final wicket as Upottery were dismissed for 225.
BARNSTAPLE & Pilton were three-wicket winners in a low-scoring affair at Uplyme.
Uplyme were all out for 80 in the 28thof their 45 overs – Steve Batey making a top score of 38.
James Lake (4-22) and Steve Moore (4-4) did the bowling damage for B&P at either end of the order.
Barnstaple & Pilton lost opener Rob Wilkins first ball to James Whetlor (4-27) and things went from bad to worse as they plunged to 41 for our then 62 for seven.
Rob Norton (21no) got B&P home in partnership with Moore.
Sandford 2ndXI are the visitors this Saturday afternoon.
NORTH Devon 2ndXI had a day to forget at Chardstock, where the home side made 262 for seven then bowled out their visitors for a meagre 101.
Chardstock’s frontline batters all made 40 or more as they raced to 232 for four.
Openers Tom Warren (46) and Steve Allsopp (48) put on 110 then Ed Brown (43) and Alex Watson (49) kept the board moving.
Matt Dart (4-43) and David Hartley (4-72) were North Devon’s wicket takers, although Carl Murphy (9-1-33-0) warrants a mention in dispatches.
North Devon were an unimpressive 14 for three when Rob Ayre fell to Watson (5-40),
Nathan Copp (4-40) helped Watson polish off the rest, despite resistance from Joe Kelly (23) and tail-ender Jedd Foster (14).
North Devon will want to bounce back in the Sandhill this Saturday against lowly Clyst St George.