Jamie Lathwell was Bideford’s man of the match in a 39-run win over fellow strugglers Ivybridge.

Bideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford, winless going into round three, were in all sorts of trouble at 19 for four after Josh Coker (3-39) and James Sharp (3-33) got among the top order.

When Bideford were 98 for eight the end appeared to be in sight, but Jamie Lathwell and Alex Hannam were up for the scrap.

Lathwell kept one end going for 26 while Hannam made 41 not out at the other to help Bideford to 157 all out in the last of their 50 overs. A last-wicket stand of 45 between Hannam and tail-ender Martin Stewart proved decisive.

Ivybridge got to 56 without loss thanks to openers Adam Huxtable (37) and Harvey Johnson (27). Then the wheels fell off.

Bideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt Smart

Lathwell (4-24) got into the middle order, Paul Heard (2-34) and Stewart (2-7) chipped away too and Coker (13) had the only other double-figure score for the Bridge on the way to 118 all out.

A first league win was a relief for skipper Paul Heard, who knew where to place the credit.

"The middle and lower order were superb and rebuilt after another poor start at the top," said Heard.

"Alex Hannam's 40 was well timed and proved the difference.

Bideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt Smart

"Pace off the ball was key for our bowlers after a strong start with the bat for them.

"Jack Ford built quality pressure whilst Jamie Lathwell picked up four with a seriously good spell.

"There is plenty to work on as it was by no means a complete performance, but a gritty team effort that showed the character we had been lacking."

Bideford face a tough one this Saturday as they are away to leaders Budleigh Salterton.

Bideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Ivybridge in the Tolchards Devon A Division. Picture: Matt Smart