Dan Bowser and Kyle Verreyenne both smacked centuries in North Devon’s 71-run win over Premier stragglers Brixham.

Tim Robinson made 93 – Brixham’s top individual effort this summer – and acting captain Corné Dry made 74 in the visitors’ total of 255 for seven.

North Devon had already totted up 328 for seven thanks to Bowser and Verreyenne.

Corné Dry, skippering Brixham in the absence of work-tied skipper Andy Pugh – who stayed at home to play for the 2nd XI – asked North Devon to bat, which looked a good decision when Craig Eaves nipped out openers Tom Ansell and Max Curtis for 29.

The next wicket was a long time coming though as Bowser and Verreyenne compiled a stand of 139 of the third wicket.

Matt Edwards bowled Verreyenne for 106 off just 76 balls, which included 18 fours and two sixes.

Bowser kept going to reach 124 a little more sedately off 123 deliveries with 17 fours and a six.

By the time Mark Orchard (4-79) removed Bowser he had put on another 124 with Barney Huxtable (55).

Geoff Brittain didn’t last long at the top of the Brixham order, but Dry and Eaves (19) fashioned a stand of 72 in 12 overs to make a game of it.

Dry went at 116 for three, having hit seven fours and five sixes in his 53-ball knock of 72.

Robinson was just getting settled and batted through to the final over for his 93, which included 19 boundary hits.

Along the way there were stands of 40 with Joel Ashworth, 44 with Orchard and 35 with Simon Caunter, who made just three.

North Devon used seven bowlers with Verreynne and Josh King both operating at below three an over.

Winning captain Huxtable said it was the sort of performance the players needed following their defeat by leaders Sidmouth seven days earlier.

“Dan and Kyle showed pure class making their hundreds,” said Huxtable.

“Dan Bowser batted superbly and timed his innings well. Kyle came in and was a league above on a batter- friendly wicket.

“It was nice to get some confidence back and see our batters have time in the middle.”

Huxtable said opposite number Dry looked a ‘seriously good player’ but added: “However, 330 was a massive ask and Brixham were always slightly behind the rate.”

North Devon are away to Heathcoat this Saturday.