Bideford hosted Tavistock at Westward Ho! on Saturday in the Tolchards Devon League B.
Bideford skipper Paul Heard was glad to get the season up and running with a seven-wicket win over Tavistock.
It wasn’t just the result, but who they beat and how that pleased the new Bideford captain.
“We have struggled for the past couple of years to beat Tavistock, so very happy,” said Heard.
“Starting on the front foot is a positive sign that we’ve learnt from last year.”
Bideford lost 10 on the bounce at the start of last season, which inevitably ended in relegation.
Tavistock were all out for 120 at Westward Ho! with Aaron Churchill top scoring with 24.
Wickets fell steadily with the first five all out with 79 on the board.
Among the casualties was overseas player Dalton Kannemeyer, who was helped off with what looked like a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Bideford shared the wicket-taking with two each for Fred King, Paul Heard and Mike Lemming at the end.
“If we cut down on extras it could have been under 100, but, for a first league game, the bowlers did what was required,” said Heard.
Bideford got an 86-run start through James Ford (59) and Tom Brend (22) and never looked back.
Home skipper Heard clouted James McGahey for six to win it in his unbeaten 29.
“The opening partnership did a fantastic job,” said Heard.
“Tom Brend played the anchoring role and for a 17-year-old opening for the first time, he looked unfazed.”
Bideford and Tavistock paid their respects to Tom Allin before the match at Westward Ho! with a minute’s silence.