Braunton defeated Kilmington by 81 runs in the first game of the season at Kelsey.

Braunton batted first and were denied maximum batting points when they were bowled out for 197.

Kilmington had Braunton reeling at 89 for eight after a going over from new boys Matt Pile and Ollie Reed. Jon Baglow’s 26 at the top had been as good as it got for Braunton up to then.

Ninth-wicket pair Mark Mitchell (42) and skipper Dan Brierley stopped the rot with a stand of 51.

Then last man Mark Johnson hung around for two at one end while Brietly made it 44 not out at the other in a final stand of 57.

Pile took the bowling honours with figures of 4-20 and there was a combined haul of five wickets for the two former Ottery St Mary men with Read taking 3-34 and Rob Crabbe, 2-35.

The Kilmington run chase was led Crabbe who marked a fine all-round league debut for his new club with a half century. His offering of 54 was almost half the Kilmington total though as they were bundled out for 116.

Martin Smith took three Kilmington wickets for 26 runs. Left-armer Baglow rolled out the rest on his way to five for 12.