Bideford’s situation in the A Division basement wasn’t improved by a two-wicket defeat at home to Ivybridge.

Bideford v Ivybridge. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Ivybridge. Picture: Matt Smart

With all four teams at the bottom playing among themselves, it was a decisive day in the fight to stay up.

Ivybridge’s win at Westward Ho! was only their third of the season, and it moved them off the bottom of the table ahead of Bideford and within two points of safety. Next come Chudleigh.

Ivybridge skipper Harry Solomon was the star man with the ball, taking seven wickets for 12 runs as Bideford were skittled for 92. James Sharp’s two for 21 supported the skipper.

Tom Brend made 22 for Bideford. The next best was Fred King’s 13.

James Ford batting for Bideford against Ivybridge. Picture: Matt SmartJames Ford batting for Bideford against Ivybridge. Picture: Matt Smart

Ivybridge found run scoring no easier and were glad of opener Kelvin Trent hanging around for a patient 44.

The chase took a turn for the worse during a slump from 83 for five to 83 for eight – Martin Stewart (3-17) doing the damage.

Sharpe (10no) and veteran keeper Derek Solomon nursed the Bridge over the line.

Bideford are at home to Budleih Salterton this Saturday.