Tom Brend hit a half-century that helped steer Bideford to a four-wicket win at Chudleigh that secured their A Division status for another year.

Bideford could have been in trouble had they lost badly and Ivybridge below them pulled off a shock win over champs-in-waiting Paignton.

Ivybridge lost, Bideford won and the worrying was over at long last for Bideford skipper Paul Heard.

“In the end we showed some character and earned our place in the A Division again next year,” said Heard.

“Probably not far off our expectations position-wise but performances were frustrating at times.

“We didn’t do ourselves justice 100 per cent of the time but, overall, fairly happy with our achievement.”

Chudleigh, already down before the game, were all out for 133 in the 48th over,

Ed Foreman opened with 32, Alex Haywood (20) and skipper Matt Heather (20) chipped in to a running total of 91 for three, but after that it went downhill fast.

Only Guy Harrison-Roberts (19) lingered as the last five wickets fell for 21 runs.

Jack Ford (2-25) and Martin Stewart (3-16) were the bowlers who did the damage.

Bideford were in the driving seat as Brend (53) and Heard (26) got them to 101 for two.

Chudleigh could sniff a way back after Saqib Hasan (3-27) sparked a slump that saw four wickets fall for seven runs, but James Ford (22no) saw the chase through.