NORTH Devon are starting to pull away at the top of the Premier Division after beating Plymouth by seven wickets at blustery Instow to go 25 points clear of the field.

Although chasers Exmouth and Sidmouth won their games, both dropped points in the process.

Plymouth were blown away with time to spare after positing 177 for eight in a rain-reduced 49 overs – Doug Hewitt top scoring on 40.

Craig Overton made a run-a-ball 72 to see North Devon to victory with more than 10 overs to spare.

With the halfway stage fast approaching, North Devon are well placed to win their first title since 2007. Cricket manager Gwynne Jones isn’t looking that far ahead yet though.

“Before we get to halfway we play Exmouth (3rd) and Budleigh (4th) – two difficult games, which could change things if the results aren’t favourable,” he said.

Plymouth were two for seven after losing openers Ben Stein and James Toms cheaply.

While Doug Hewitt and Whittaker (21) batted together Plymouth moved the score along to 62 for three.

Whittaker went caught behind to Jamie Overton (3-43), then Hewitt was unluckily run out taking a single to third man. He would have beaten Craig Overton’s thrown in had he not tripped.

Jake Luffman (16), Steve Luffman and Nick Read (15) all chipped in, although the end product was always a little on the light side.

The Overton twins – Craig (3-36) and Jamie (3-44) – were North Devon’s leading wicket takers.

North Devon suffered a minor setback on the chase at 16 when Rob Gear went lbw to Dave Burke (3-56).

Dan Bowser (28) and Overton got the score up to 77 when Matt Hooper had Bowser caught behind.

As the target came down Overton opened his shoulders, pulling Mike Heddon (20) along with him.

Hooper bowled Craig Overton for 72 at run-a-ball-rate , but the target was 21 to win by then.

Glenn Quirl (21no) wrapped things up for North Devon, who are away to Exmouth this Saturday.

BIDEFORD crushed lowly Seaton by nine wickets, with Mike Young and Matt Allin both hitting unbeaten half-centuries.

Skipper Ben Morgan top scored with 36 and Matt Hancock (22), Ian Hunt (17) and Mark Bray (15), chipped in as Seaton closed on 148 for seven in a 40-over game. There were three wickets each for James Ford (3-20) and Chris Luxton (3-24).

Seaton did not have enough to test a powerful Bideford batting line up.

Ford (10) was the man out at 32, leaving Allin (58no) and South African Young (63no) to knock off the rest.

Bideford entertain Hatherleigh at Westward Ho! this Saturday. Hatherleigh had no game last Saturday as their game at Ivybridge was a weather victim.

FILLEIGH moved up into second spot in the E Division after they cruised to a seven-wicket win over under-strength Kentisbeare.

Kents were decimated by a wedding and did well with the bat to muster 150-9 led there by Rob Tinley (55no) as Gary Henry (4-22) and Ryan Bowden (3-55) claimed wickets. Mark Prideaux (44no) and Simon Prideaux (28no) then saw the visitors to victory.

Kenn were bowled out for just 132 at Woodbury but that proved sufficient to land them a 76 run victory!

James Dowd (60) provided the bulk of the Kenn total as Martin Cook claimed 6-44 in 13 overs and Ian Hughes weighed in with 3-26.

Then Stuart Wonnacott put the ball consistently on the spot to claimed 7-18 in ten overs as Woodbury were bowled out for 56 with only Tim Greenslade (12) and Martin Cook (11no) into double figures.

Filleigh entertain Tiverton & Bickleigh on Saturday.

BRAUNTON’S A Division game away to Shobrooke Park was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. Kelsey’s finest are at home to Abbotskerswell this Saturday.

BARNSTAPLE & Pilton, rained off at Tavistock in the B Division, will be hoping for better luck this Saturday against Plymstock at Taw Meadow.