THERE was a nail-biting finish at Instow where Exeter failed by two runs to beat defending champions North Devon. North Devon were all out for 132 with an over to go - a target that looked well within reach of Exeter's batsman. Exeter got down to the fina

THERE was a nail-biting finish at Instow where Exeter failed by two runs to beat defending champions North Devon.North Devon were all out for 132 with an over to go - a target that looked well within reach of Exeter's batsman.Exeter got down to the final over from Tom Allin requiring seven to win, they needed three off the last ball and only made one so had to settle for the draw at 131 for nine. Stuart Rhodes top scored for North Devon with 66. Next best with 19 was Mark Hedden.Simon Bird (3-31) took the bowling honours for Exeter. Dan Poulson had two for 33 and Jon Tipper two more for 20.Although Exeter were disappointed not to win, they could easily have lost, which seemed the most likely outcome when they were 93 for seven, with Alex Brown out for a top score of 21.Martin Gear (3-19) had early wickets for North Devon with Allin (2-42) and Matt Westaway (3-31) keeping the pressure on. A stand of 22 between Legodi (16) and Adam Gribble (14no) put the game back in the melting pot, leading to that edge-of-the-seat finish.l NORTH Devon 2nd XI were unlucky to run into former Devon League player of the year Glenn Lammonby when they travelled to Exeter.Lammonby wasn't able to travel with the first team to North Devon due to work commitments, but stayed behind to help his new team-mates to a 94-run win.Brother Derek Lammonby, a former pro with Exeter who retired at the end of the 2006 season, was lured out to play and also contributed to the win.Exeter totalled 220 for seven declared in 46 of their 50 overs with Glen Lammonby top scoring on 57. Shane Langford (46) and Rob Wass (24) gave Exeter a 67-run start then Lammonby joined Langford to rack up another 52.Derek Lammonby chipped in with 32 before the declaration.Pick of the North Devon bowlers by a distance was Tim Cross with six for 65.North Devon needed a decent start if they were going to make the runs - and 50 for three didn't really fit the bill.Jamie Woolaway (30) and Mark Overton (22) pushed the total up to 111 for five, then it all went wrong.Glen Lammonby's spin claimed three for 11, Derek's seamers picked up two for 43 and with Alvin Pollard weighing in with three for 16 North Devon crashed to 126 all out.North Devon were bowled out three balls into the first of the extra overs earned by Exeter skipper Pat Steward for his early declaration.l BRAUNTON got off to the best possible start in the A Division when they won by five wickets at Alphington.Life was made tough when the home side lost the toss and, in difficult conditions, only managed 101 off 42 overs. Jon Baglow had four for 24 and youngster Barney Huxtable bagged three for 12.Principal scorers were Fred Quirk (25) and Richard Coe (23) who steadied the ship after Alphas had slipped to 27 for threeA lack of lower-order resistance meant Alphington could not set Braunton a challenging total - and left the visitors 58 overs to get the runs.Alphington's Matt Bamber bowled a Herculean 17 overs taking four for 19 which saw Braunton fall to 44 for four at one stage.Ian Roberts (31) and Baglow (23) bided their time and when Bamber had finished they kicked on to win with 15 overs to spare.l SATURDAY FIXTURES: Plympton v North Devon; Braunton v Bradninch; Bideford v Plymstock; Shobrooke Park v Barnstaple. 2nd XI: North Devon v Plympton; Barnstaple v Chudleigh; Bideford v Plymstock; Kingsbridge v Braunton.