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Braunton is knocking on the top door in his title chase

Braunton beat Exeter 2nd XI by 34 runs to move into second place in Tolchards DCL C Division East.

Rob Collier (77) and skipper Callum Mitchell (49) were Braunton’s main run makers in their 40 over 209 for nine.

Mitchell was third on 142, sharing 98 points with Collier, who slumped to 172 for five.

Tommy Stewart (3-54) removed Mitchell and Collier but was beaten by Exeter’s new England international Mark Gribble (3-30).

Gribble made his England Over-50 debut against India at Loughborough University on Tuesday.

A half-century from opener Oliver Gribble, who shared an opening stand of 86 with Freddie Cockram (31), seemed to point Exeter in the right direction.

Double strikes from Steve Moore and Mitchell, plus a run out, saw Exeter reeling at 107 for five as the game went Braunton’s way.

Stewart (18) and caretaker captain Mark Gribble (29) started the rescue act that took Exeter to 169 for seven.

Braunton had newfound death bowler Dan Brierley up his sleeve following his promotion from the 2nd XI and his spell of three for 28 helped dismiss Exeter for 175 with two overs to spare.

Richard Tidball picked up five wickets to pace Hatherleigh 2nd XI to a 55-run win over their Barton counterparts.

Tidball has been taking Devon League wickets longer than some of his team-mates have been alive – and in the 1990 season he had 19 for Hatherleigh 1st XI.

Tidball’s five-for-15 haul, which included former Devon and England Amateurs batsman Andy Pugh, helped send Barton to 150 all out. Two goals for Cameron Rowlands and Carl Downes helped.

Barton made a promising start in their chase of 206 to win with opener Adam Last (51) and Lewis Crocker (26) accounting for a running total of 92 for two.

As soon as Pugh fell on the second ball that Tidball threw at him, Barton got on the nose and couldn’t get out of it.

Hatherleigh’s total of 205 for seven was thanks to a patient knock of 69 by Adam Quick for the first wicket.

Other major contributors were Harry Arden (33) and captain Danny Forrester (43).

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