Hard work pays dividends as Cornwood close in on leaders
CORNWOOD are up to second in the A Division table after beating Braunton by six-wickets in a 28-over game at soggy Oak Park.
Braunton laboured to 108 for seven with Lawrence May (28) and Ian Roberts (20) the only batters to pass 20.
Matt Butterworth (3-43) and Eliot Staddon (2-28) were Cornwood's most successful bowlers, although Mohammed Salman, Mike Wood and Adam Goodliffe all bowled miserly spells.
Cornwood won with more than two overs to spare, led home by acting captain Jason Hall with an unbeaten 48. Debutant Mark Horwell made 29.
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Cornwood players worked tirelessly before the game to get conditions fit enough for play and got their reward.
Hall, filling in for Craig Harris, said the hard graft was done in the field to keep Braunton's total manageable.
Looking back at the run chase, Hall added: "The side went about collectively chasing down the target with contributions throughout."
PLYMSTOCK dropped into the A Division bottom two after losing a rain-ruined game at Paignton by six wickets.
Matt Smith top scored for Plymstock with 22 in a 21-over total of 89 for seven.
Stephen George (3-18) was the pick of the Paignton bowlers.
Paignton needed 19 of their 21 overs to polish off the runs. They were seen home by Andy Kingdon (29no) and Brady Barends.
Hallam Kerton took two for 21 for Plymstock.
Shobrooke Park picked up eight points from their drawn game with Brixham to go ahead of Plymstock, who replace them in the drop zone.
PLYMPTON lost for the first time this season when they went down by four wickets away to Abbotskerswell.
Skipper Andy Walter top scored with 69 and Josh Mailling made 41 – they put on 80 for the first wicket – in a total of 192 for seven.
Jeremy Williams smashed it around at the end to make 26 as Plympton posted what they felt was a more than sufficient total.
Chris Kelmere (3-48) and Josh Dowling (2-28) were Abbots' most effective bowlers.
Abbots knocked off the runs with more than six overs to go, led there by skipper Richard Lake (69) and Josh Dowling (37), whose 62-run stand got them ahead of the clock early.
Kelmere (30no) and Dick Acton (16) applied the finishing touches despite Plympton's best efforts to rein them in before it was too late.
"Considering we made an above-par score for the pitch and conditions – 160-175 would have been about right – it was a shocking result," said vice-captain Dave Wrench.
"Although it was a good score, yet again not enough batsmen have made a contribution.
"We were 120 for one when Andy got out, then the wickets tumbled.
"The pitch dried out and flattened when Abbots batted – and we didn't help ourselves by a poor bowling and fielding display."
YESTERDAY'S Devon Cup programme was hard hit by bad weather with a clutch of games called off.
Among the casualties were Plymouth's trip to Brixham and Plympton's visit to the County Ground to play Exeter.