Alphington's Mark Halse - loads to celebrate after scoring a ton and taking three wickets against Clyst Hydon<br>credit:

ALPHINGTON hit Clyst Hydon with a two-ton battering in a one sided affair at the Chronicles.

Alphas totted up 338 for four in their 45 overs.

Relegated Hydon were bowled out for 91 in reply, condemning them to a 247-run defeat.

The Halse brothers  - Mark (121) and Nick (62) – gave Alphington a hefty 168-run start. Clinton Lewis (3-42) broke them up.

D J van Vuuren missed out – as did Will Pring – but Phillips filled his line in the scorebook quickly with 101 not out off just 47 balls. He hit nine fours and four sixes, putting on 73 with Mark Halse and 85 unbroken with Mark Porter (23).

When Hydon batted they slumped to 19 for two then 34 for three, Al Davey (3-40) did the damage.

Lewis (27) hung around for a while before Mark Halse (3-11) and van Vuuren (2-21) mopped-up.

Alphington host Ottery on Saturday, Hydon welcome Exeter 2ndXI to Merrifield.

BRAUNTON have lodged a report with Devon League officials over the outcome of their game away to Budleigh Salterton 2ndXI.

Budleigh won the game by just eight runs, however a league regulation was broken when they were bowling in the second innings.

Competition rules for the C Division East are now bowler can bowl more than nine overs. Budleigh off-spinner Joe Marley bowled 10.

Dan Brierley, the Braunton captain, said the umpire at the bowler’s end was not interested when he attempted to point out Marley had bowled his allocation.

He added: “I don’t want anyone to think we are sore losers, but the rules are clear and this bowler was allowed to break them.

“In the context of a very close game which could have gone either way and could have a bearing on which division we are in next season, we felt it right to tell the league what happened.”

Ben Carter hit nine fours and three sixes on his way to exactly 100 in Budleigh’s total of 223 for nine.

Carter and Donovan Robinson (41) shared a stand of 53 for the fourth wicket. Nick Boult (44) joined Carter in another partnership worth 131.

Joe Barnes had Robinson, Carter and Boult in his haul of four for 35. Martin Smith took three for 61.

Braunton, in a battle with Feniton and Whimple to avoid going down with Budleigh and Clyst Hydon, went off in hot pursuit.

Callum Mitchell opened with 47 and in a running total of 143 for three there were knocks of 41 from Rob Paterson and 35 by Gary Brookes.

Losing three wickets for six runs – James Leat (3-45) doing the damage - altered the tone of the game. Smith (26), Brierley (18) and Mark Johnson (16) gave it their best but it wasn’t enough.

EXETER 2ndXI became the latest team to fall by the wayside as Kilmington march on towards the B Division.

Killy opener Tom Gooding – 919 league runs at an average of 83.55 – had a rare failure, when Andy Mead (3-32) bowled him for four.

Ian Gooding (30), Brett Garner (30), Josh Short (26) and Billy Reed (28) all chipped in to take Kilmington to 192 all out.

Exeter’s Luke Unsworth (2-36) got into the middle order then Harry Conway (3-40) mopped up the tail.

Exeter’s chance of winning the game got away in the time it took to slip from 66 for four to 69 for seven – Rob Crabb (4-16) the destroyer.

Bits and pieces lower down limped Exeter to 128 all out with six overs to go.

Exeter's Harry Conway - he had a three-wicket haulKilmington remain 11 points clear of Sidmouth 2ndXI at the top of a division with one promotion place. They make the short trip to relegation worriers Whimple this Saturday.

Kilmington skipper Garner said: “Whimple need the points every bit as much as we do so we cannot afford to step down from the high levels of performance we have produced over the past couple of weeks. 

“They [Whimple] have some very good players and, if they click on the day, could easily end our dreams of being crowned champions. 

“We need to stay focussed and keep doing what we are good at.”

FENITON improved their chances of dodging the drop when they defeated Whimple by 25 runs.

Alex Frankpitt blazed away for 102 off just 79 balls – ten fours, six sixes – and his stand of 134 with Graham Tucker (57) set the tone. Jack Tucker (58)  topped-up the tally to 277 for six.

Whimple had a good go at knocking off the runs, but lacked the one big score that would have won it for them.

Dave Culshaw was 48 not out when time was called at 252 for seven. Nathan Kidd (35), Mike Searle (35) and Devon Nightingale (37) all featured in the scorebook.

Kevin Brandom (4-42) took the bowling plaudits for Feniton (182pts), who have a chance to climb out of the bottom three when fellow strugglers Braunton (189) visit this Saturday.

The result pulled Whimple back into relegation difficulties too. They are 13 points clear but have a rough finish of Kilmington then Ottery.

“Successive poor performances have now left us with work to do,” said Whimple captain Ben Silk,

“It would just like us to raise our game against a side such as Kilmington and, who is to say we cannot turn in the sort of performance I know this team has in its locker.”

OPENER Elliot Rice thumped a ton to put Sidmouth 2ndXI on course for a 51-run win over Ottery St Mary.

Rice – 135 not out off 134 balls – and Anthony Griffiths (48) were he main run makers in a total of 241 for six. Joe Birch took three for 29.

Rob Johns made a top score of 47 for Ottery and here were chip ins from Alex Clements (32) and Joe Henkus (26).

When Jody Clements (25) was seventh out at 171, the slide started to 190 all out.