Barnstaple and Pilton remain on course for a top-three promotion slot in the D Division East after beating visiting Upottery by 20 runs.

Opener George McEndoo top scored for Barnstaple with 82 in their 45-over total of 229 for eight.

McEndoo put on 128 for the first wicket with Brady Saunders (38), Steve Moore (39no) chipped in below halfway.

There were two wickets each for Shane Kennard and Rob Tasker, who also ran out McEndoo.

Upottery plodded to 111 for six in reply – Moore (2-12) and James Lake (3-17) among the wickets - with James Mitcham (31) the only batter to make much headway.

Tasker with a lively 67 got Upottery back in the game. Henry McEndoo (3-50) got Tasker out with an over to go as the visitors pulled up on 209 for nine.

Victory keeps Barnstaple third in the table, 11 points clear of Chardstock, whom they visit this Saturday, and 24 behind joint leaders Exmouth II and Heathcoat II.

North Devon second XI defeated Countess Wear by 53 runs to keep some distance between themselves and the relegation places.

Had North Devon lost to relegation worriers Countess Wear they would have dropped into the bottom three as Clyst and Sandford II below them both won as well.

Joe Kelly top scored for North Devon with 62 in their total of 212 for nine.

He shared a stand of 75 for the third wicket with Alfie Huxtable (28).

Jay Rothery (25) and skipper Simon Wright (23no) weighed in.

The Singhs – Parminder (4-36) and Kam (2-17) – were Wear’s most effective bowlers.

The Wear had it all to do after slumping to 113 for eight in reply – Jack Hockin (3-21) and Archie Popham (2-49) largely responsible. James Bogue (21), Jon Heaver (22) and Kav Dias (23) had all been in and out by then.

Kam Singh (34no) and Phil Irish (18) delayed the inevitable with a stand of 43 before Rothery (2-4) wrapped things up.

North Devon 2nd XI make the long trek to Exmouth 2nd XI this Saturday.