Braunton have lodged a report with Devon League officials over the outcome of their game away to Budleigh Salterton II.

Budleigh won the game by just eight runs, however a league regulation was broken when they were bowling in the second innings.

Competition rules for the C Division East are now bowler can bowl more than nine overs. Budleigh off-spinner Joe Marley bowled 10.

Dan Brierley, the Braunton captain, said the umpire at the bowler’s end was not interested when he attempted to point out Marley had bowled his allocation.

He added: “I don’t want anyone to think we are sore losers, but the rules are clear and this bowler was allowed to break them.

“In the context of a very close game which could have gone either way and could have a bearing on which division we are in next season, we felt it right to tell the league what happened.”

Ben Carter hit nine fours and three sixes on his way to exactly 100 in Budleigh’s total of 223 for nine.

Carter and Donovan Robinson (41) shared a stand of 53 for the fourth wicket. Nick Boult (44) joined Carter in another partnership worth 131.

Joe Barnes had Robinson, Carter and Boult in his haul of four for 35. Martin Smith took three for 61.

Braunton, in a battle with Feniton and Whimple to avoid going down with Budleigh and Clyst Hydon, went off in hot pursuit.

Callum Mitchell opened with 47 and in a running total of 143 for three there were knocks of 41 from Rob Paterson and 35 by Gary Brookes.

Losing three wickets for six runs – James Leat (3-45) doing the damage - altered the tone of the game. Smith (26), Brierley (18) and Mark Johnson (16) gave it their best but it wasn’t enough.