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Matt Allin keeps Bideford storming along in Devon Cricket League

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: May 30, 2013

IN THE RUNS: Matt Allin struck another half century for Bideford.

IN THE RUNS: Matt Allin struck another half century for Bideford.

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MATT ALLIN scored his third half century in four innings as Bideford's storming start to the season continued.

Allin struck 78 not out on the way to a nine-wicket win over Kingsbridge at Westward Ho!

Combined with victories against Ottery St Mary (by 201 runs), Ipplepen (nine wickets) and Plymouth Civil Service (54 runs), Saturday's result keeps Bideford at the top of the Francis Clark Devon League C division.

After Bideford lost the toss, Paul Shepherd took three wickets and there were two each for Fred King and James Ford in Kingsbridge's 192 all out.

Bideford then reached the target with almost ten overs to spare after Allin, who struck 14 fours, shared in stands of 105 with Ford (42) and 88 with Jordi Gilmore (32no).

Filleigh inflicted a first defeat of the season on Seaton in the D division, winning by 21 runs at home.

Rob Collier's 77, his second fifty of the season, was the foundation for Filleigh's 222 for eight.

John Hickman and James Hill then took three wickets each as Seaton were bowled out for 201.

While the visitors were knocked off the top, Filleigh's second win of the summer took them up to fourth place.

An unbeaten century from Tom Mitcham took Braunton agonisingly close to their first win in the A division.

Despite Mitcham's 101 not out, Braunton fell six runs short of Plymstock's 231 for six as they closed on 225 for eight.

James Nicholls scored 105 not out for Plymstock, with his century coming off just 81 balls.

Mark Mitchell was the best of the Braunton bowlers, taking three for 60.

Having been well beaten in their opening three matches, Braunton showed great spirit to keep the chase going after being reduced to 100 for five, with Mark Abbott taking three for 33.

Mitcham and Alex Hodges (36) steadied the ship and they got to the final over needing 17 to win – which proved just out of reach.

Mitcham's century was Braunton's first in the Devon League since Stewart Rhodes struck 107 against Shobrooke Park in 2011.

While Braunton are adrift at the bottom of the table, Hatherleigh are only one place above them following a four-wicket defeat to Paignton.

Gareth Tidball top scored with 30 as Hatherleigh could only post 113 on their home ground, losing eight wickets for 53 runs.

Charlie Neilson (3-24) and Mark Lake (2-20) troubled the unbeaten visitors, who were 70 for six at one point, but they secured the win with Chris Kelmere (45no) and George Benton (9no) seeing them home.

Jack Popham took four for 32 as Thorverton made 222 for nine against Barnstaple and Pilton who were dismissed for 108 to lose the B division match by 114 runs.

Paul Fielder top scored with 60 for Thorverton, while George McEndoo was the only Barnstaple batsman able to put up much resistance with 38.

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