HONITON 2ndXI and Uplyme & Lyme Regis are the last two teams to qualify for finals day in the new Tidball Insurance Services Cup.
Honiton booked their passage to finals day at Shaldon on August 11 by thrashing Cheriton Fitzpaine by 93 runs in the 20-over match.
Uplyme & Lyme Regis went through courtesy of a 72-run victory over Exeter 3rdXI, who made the long trip to KGV on Wednesday night.
Honiton’s man for all seasons George Meadows – he plays level five rugby with Exmouth in the winter – clubbed 10 fours and four sixes on his way to 92 off 48 balls against the Cherries.
Meadows and Richard Potter (59) put on 154 for the second wicket in Honiton’s total of 224 for three. Fifty extras – including 46 wides and two 10-ball overs – helped the score along.
Matt Horn made a top score of 41 for Cheriton, who were held to 131 for nine in reply. James Matravers (4-0-15-1) helped keep the lid on Cheriton’s batters.
Uplyme made 174 for seven in their 20 overs – skipper Steve Batey leading from the top with 46 of the first 70- runs on the board.
Tyler Wellman made 39 – he was second out on 111 – and Harvey Brimacombe chipped in 20 lower down.
Mark Jones (2-22) and Jesper Pedersen (1-24) were Exeter’s meanest bowlers.
Exeter’s reply did not get going until it was too late to catch up. Wellman (2-15), Charlie Moss (2-20) and Batey (2-11) all bowled maidens during their four-over allocations to keep the brake on.
Max Cockram was unbeaten on 23 in Exeter’s reply of 102 for eight.
Already through to finals day were Ivybridge – nine-wicket winners at Chagford – and Topsham St James 2ndXI.
Jake Griffiths (51) and Roger Whittingham (24) were Chagford’s main run scorers in their total of 140 for nine.
Tom Bendall (3-28) took the bowling honours for Ivybridge and was well supported by Jacob Kopparambil (2-25).
Ivybridge lost wickets at 63, 88 and 131 as Andy Johnson (36), Zach Dunn (30) and Simon Kidd (41) made light work of the target.
Topsham St James overcame Sidbury by 24 runs in the derby clash at Bonfire Field.
Bobby East (54) and Howard Smalley (41) shared a stand of 73 for the fourth wicket in St James’ total of 152 for eight.
Alex Paget (2-22) and Stephen Howe (2-30) stood out among the Sidbury bowlers.
Ollie Pyne (73) and Mark Bishop (35) took Sidbury to 87 without loss after 14 overs and that could have been a platform to go on and win the game. It wasn’t.
Sidbury got bogged down against Tom Russell (0-28), East (0-24), Treleaven (0-20) and Kirby (1-22) and closed on 128 for two.
The semi-final draw is Uplyme & Lyme Regis against Ivybridge (10am) and Honiton versus Topsham St James (1pm). The final is scheduled for 4pm.