By CONRAD SUTCLIFFE
ROB North is latest player to join Bideford 2ndXI’s ton-up club in a 34-run win over North Devon 3rdXI.
North smashed 17 fours and two sixes on his way to 102 off 62-balls in a total of 258 for four against North Devon.
Along the way there was a stand of 183 for the second wicket with 15-year-old batter Julian Hayter, who made 89. Hayter already has a ton to his name this season.
Only Dom Carter (3-40) took any wickets for North Devon, although Will Popham (15) impressed with his control and economy.
North Devon got into a strong position halfway into their reply with 121 on the board and only two wickets down. Richard Clarke (72) and Phil Pennington (39) led the way.
The scoring rate slowed against Hayter (2-28) and John Weeks (1-42). Even though Steve Carrick (44no) and Jeremy Thompson (27) tried to get North Devon closer to the target, Ben Gifford, 1-18, did his bit with the ball to limit North Devon to 224 for five in reply.