North Devon lost to Exmouth by 15 runs at Budleigh Salterton on Sunday in the final of the Servicemaster Clean Devon T20 Cup.

Exmouth made 174 for five – Lenygon (55) and Callum French (76) hoisting 120 for the second wicket – and North Devon had a real go knocking off the runs.

Dan Bowser hit 51 off 44 balls and Ben Howe made 60 off 37 and North Devon went off in pursuit.

North Devon went along at 10-12 an over from halfway onwards and had Exmouth on the back foot.

The turning points was an over from Exmouth’s Alvin Pollard, that went for no runs at all and included the wicket of dangerman Rob Gear, who had hammered Cullompton around in the morning semi-final.

Matt Westaway, the North Devon captain, said his side made a great attempt to chase a ‘competitive’ total.

He added: “All our bowlers did OK, but Jay Rothery was the stand-out, bowling two outstanding overs at the end that kept a lid on it and gave us a chance.

“Dave Lye’s three overs in the power play were very miserly as our top order struggled to get him away.

“We were always a little behind the clock, but Dan Bowser and Ben Howe showed their class and with 35 required off three we were still in it.

“Alvin Pollard’s 18th (wicket maiden) over put the game to bed.

“We’re disappointed but it was a good day out. Congratulations to Exmouth and we now wish them the best in the regionals.”

North Devon had recovered from a nightmare start to beat Cullompton by 23 runs in the morning semi-final.

North Devon were 22 for five after a battering from Jason Parr (4-19) and one wicket away from total collapse.

Tom Ansell (27) and Gear put on 52 for the fifth wicket and with Gear going on to make 47 off 36 balls North Devon reached 135 for nine.

Cully really needed someone in the top five to make an anchorman score, but didn’t have anyone.

Parr made 30 off 21 balls and James Shere chipped in with 18. The clock was always against Cully from halfway onwards and they closed on 112 for nine.