ALEX Barrow’s run-filled season continued with 142 in Sidmouth’s 151-run win over Bovey Tracey.
Devon captain Barrow has hit two tons and five half-centuries accumulating more than 600 league runs in 10 trips to the middle.
Matt Cooke was in and out for 24 in a 56-run stand with Barrow that got Sidmouth up and running.
A pivotal stand of 168 with Josh Bess (70) took Sidmouth to 224 for two. By the time Brian Chari had Barrow caught behind, the score was 280 for five.
Sidmouth’s 50-over total of 314 for six always looked a steep one to chase and so it proved. Bovey were all-out for 163.
Josh Mailling (39) and Ashley Treeby, who made a patient 36 batting down the order, had the only scores above 25 for Bovey.
Man of the moment with the ball for Sidmouth was left-arm spinner Max Hancock, who was on a hat-trick twice on his way to figures of six for 29.
Sidmouth (146pts) remain third in the table and have moved closer to top two Heathcoat (166) and Paignton (161), both of whom lost.
Defeats for top two Heathcoat and Paignton have revived third-placed Sidmouth’s title hopes, although they have to find 21 points somehow to get past Heathcoat.
Bovey have now lost three in a row and have slipped below halfway in the table.
Toby Codd, the Bovey captain, it’s time to turn results around.
“Winning is a habit and We look forward to a huge game next week against North Devon to hopefully get our season going again,” said Codd.
Codd said the difference between his side and Sidmouth’s was the innings played by Barrow.
“Alex’s innings was chanceless and of the highest quality,” said Codd.
“We didn't let ourselves down in the field and our bowlers pulled it back nicely after Sidmouth got a good start.”