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Tom's ton is not bad for a little 'un

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: July 18, 2013

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THE DAY after he turned 14, Tom Brend scored 108 not out for Bideford II in the Stay indevon.co.uk North Devon League.

It was Tom's first century in any cricket, let alone for an adults' team.

But it came in a losing cause as North Devon II, with a centurion of their own in Joe Witheridge (112no), chased down Bideford's 238 for four with eight wickets to spare.

Tom, who lives in Bideford and attends Bideford College, said: "My previous best score was 73 about three years ago. I equalled that last week.

"It was really fun and the other players said it was exceptional batting. I think they were quite surprised, they don't expect little 'uns to get so many runs."

Also in Division Three, Bratton Fleming were celebrating on Sunday night after completing a sixth win in their unbeaten season.

James Tapp (62no) and Murray Sharpe (50no) saw them to a ten-wicket win after Scott Bryant (4-14) had helped bowl Ilfracombe out for 128.

Simon Prosser took three wickets for one run in 5.2 overs but his Filleigh II side, replying to Sandford II's 169 all out, were edged out by four runs.

Jordi Gilmore (72no) and Alex Savage (56no) carried Bideford to a seven-wicket win in a high-scoring Division One match at Newton Tracey.

Replying to the home side's 303 for four, in which Simon Gear made 102, Bideford set off at pace with Dan Barratt scoring 60 off 56 balls and fellow opener Matt Shepherd 82 from the same number of deliveries with eight fours and five sixes.

Gilmore and Savage kept up the pace with an unbroken stand of 125 that took Bideford to their target with eight and a half overs to spare.

Tom Ansell carried his bat for 156 in leaders North Devon's latest victory.

The Instow side posted 299 for six against Hatherleigh before bowling the visitors out for 232 to win by 67 runs, with Rikki Kelly taking four for 38.

Laurence May scored 92 and David Proctor 62 as Lynton and Lynmouth earned their first win of the season in Division Two – chasing 216 to beat Shobrooke Park by five wickets.

Ian Brown, with 76, was the star of Victoria Park's three-wicket win over Holsworthy.

Tom Robotham (98no) and Taylor Latham (57no) earned Kelseymen a nine-wicket win against Barnstaple and Pilton in Division Four.

Lee Cockwill (68) and Liam Brend (41no) put on 109 for the third wicket before Petrockstowe clinched a five-wicket win in a tight finish against Newton Tracey II.

Harley Ashdown scored 93 and Kevin Toze 79 as a Filleigh III side featuring nine players aged under 15, held second place in the Division Five table with a 32-run win over Nomansland.

Westleigh remain unbeaten at the top of Division Five after Peter Bowes scored 104 in a five-wicket victory against Bratton Fleming.

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