NORTH Devon slipped-up badly when they made the short trip to bottom of the table Heathcoat in the Premier Division.
They were set 240 to win at Knightshayes after Small smashed an unbeaten century for the home team, but with Paul Elliot taking five for 25, North Devon were bowled out for just 69 to lose by 160 runs.
Heathcoat lost Hugh McDowell and Sam Smith to Glenn Querl (2-29) reaching 18, then kicked on to reach 166 for three thanks to a stand of 148 between Small and Joe Smith.
Smith made 84 off 131 balls with 10 fours. Small got to his hundred in the last over. He faced 111 deliveries and put away nine fours and two sixes.
North Devon’s cause wasn’t helped by losing opener Dan Bowser for 25 when he was rapped on the hand by Elliot. But that was the least of their worries.
After Bowser went off and Jason Hayes was bowled by Elliot for 28, the wickets tumbled. Two fell on 53 – both to Elliot who was on a hat-trick – and four more on 54 as North Devon slumped to 54 for seven.
Paul Heard (11) held Bovey up for a while, but once Jack Menheneott (2-9) accounted for him, the end wasn’t far away.
North Devon skipper Dart didn’t mince his words after the game.
“No excuses, it was our worst performance of the year,” said Dart. “They simply outplayed us and full credit to them. “We have to forget it and look towards Plymouth this Saturday.”
Century loss for Braunton, too
l BRAUNTON lost by 101 runs at Shobrooke Park, which pretty well signalled the end of their A Division promotion hopes.
Skipper Justin Dollow biffed a top score of 68 in Shobrooke’s total of 179 for nine, which was helped at the end by 23 from Ben Trenaman.
Skipper Jon Baglow was the pick of the Braunton bowlers, taking four for 33.
Braunton were in trouble at 25 for five after suffering a going over from Trenaman (3-19) and Eric Parmakellis (2-25).
Thanks to Andy Paddison’s 27 they recovered to reach 65 for six, but then the wheels fell off. Four wickets went to Dollow (2-27) and Pete Steer (2-6) as Braunton collapsed to 78 all out.
l HATHERLEIGH surrendered second place in the B Division when they lost by six wickets to leaders Barton.
Hatherleigh slumped from 72 for three to 79 for seven and on to 109 all out as Stuart Bowker (4-27) and Adam Parker (2-27) ripped into them – Rob Chapman (25) the exception.
Damon Calland (2-4) and Rashmi Jinan (2-26) picked off the rest.
Barton raced to 87 for the first wicket through Shaun Needham (48) and Harry Moores (35). Rob Cockwell (3-11) made it interesting for a while, but Parker and Jinan saw it through.
l BARNSTAPLE and Pilton were surprise 52-run losers to Tavistock which leaves them 28 points adrift from the promotion places.
Tavvy’s batters found Jack Popham (4-53) and Steve Moore (2-39) hard to get away, but managed to cobble together 183 all out.
Aaron Churchill (40) and Ian Grey (27) put on 52 at the top of the order, then Shaun Cleeve chipped in with 21 lower down.
Cleeve (4-53), Jamie Stephens (3-22) and Shaun Daymond (2-22) then shot Barnstaple and Pilton out for 121.
Once Moore (28) and Popham (22) were dismissed, B&P lost their last four wickets for 25 runs.
l BIDEFORD’S C Division promotion hopes are as good as over following a six-wicket loss to relegation worriers Clyst St George.
Will Barratt (34) and Josh King (35) helped Bideford to reach a promising 133 for five with 14 overs to go, so an all out total of 165 was a disappointment.
The men who did the damage were Mike Johnson (3-63) and Julian Welland.
St George were always in the driving seat after cruising to 82 for one thanks to Chris Ferro (20) and Sam Cooper (46).
There was a brief hiatus as four wickets went for two runs added - two falling to Alex Crisp - but skipper Steve Bourke (45no) and Chris Cook (26no) put on 82 unbroken to win the match.