NORTH Devon still haven't won in the Premier Division this season after losing to Paignton by 50 runs at Instow. Paignton opener Seb Benton helped himself to 96 in a total of 199 all out. James Hudson, who followed up his 45 with the bat by taking four fo
NORTH Devon still haven't won in the Premier Division this season after losing to Paignton by 50 runs at Instow.Paignton opener Seb Benton helped himself to 96 in a total of 199 all out. James Hudson, who followed up his 45 with the bat by taking four for 51 with the ball as North Devon were hustled out for 149.North Devon might be defending champions, but they have had a terrible start to the new season and look to be facing a fight to stay up this term.Benton was within touching distance of what would have been his second Premier ton - he took one off Chudleigh last season - when North Devon spinner Rob Gear won an lbw shout.Gear (4-38) did most of the damage to the lower half of the order, but Hudson refused to yield until opening bowler Stuart Rhodes (3-38) sent him back caught and bowled.North Devon started disastrously with Rob Gear and Neil Bettis both getting out to Mike Pedley.Gear got yorker he couldn't dig out then Bettis chopped the ball on to his stumps and was gone for 11.Rhodes (55) and Mike Hedden (15) rebuilt in a stand of 32 that ended in a run-out.Dan Bowser was in and out for two and at 64 for four the game was Paignton's for the taking, or so it seemed.Martin Gear joined Rhodes in a fifth-wicket stand of 52 that gave North Devon fresh hope of pulling the game out of the fire.Gear went on to reach 32 in no time at all, then spooned Hudson in the air and was caught.Hudson had Rhodes lbw for 55 and from then on it was downhill all the way to 149 all out as the last four wickets went for just 12 runs.On a miserable day all round for North Devon, the 2nd XI lost by six wickets at South Devon, where they were bowled out for 141.Bob Heaman (43) and Mark Overton (45) helped North Devon recover from 32 for three to 103 for four.Adrian Hewings (47) and Paul Hooper (42) got the score up to 103, then Brian Allen (23no) and Neil Matthews (12no) wrapped up victory with time to spare.