Filleigh’s final outing in the B Division this season ended in a 36-run defeat at home to champions Barton.

Seven wins in nine starts before halfway had Filleigh second in the table at the turnaround.

Two wins since meant a mid-table finish, not a promotion bid that looked likely for so long.

Simon Prideaux, the Filleigh captain, knew where it went wrong.

“We always knew our availability would be poor second half of the season, but had hoped to do a bit better than we did,” he said.

“With wins in the bank from the first half of the season, at least there were no relegation dramas to worry about.”

South African left-hander Matt Crampton, who is on his way to New Zealand any day now for a domestic season there, top scored for Barton with 71 not out in their 236 for three.

Openers Alex Hunt (35) and Simon Edwards (24) put on 62, Crampton and Shaun Needham (36) added 70 and there was an unbroken stand of 80 between skipper Adam Parker and Crampton.

Ollie Squire (0-21) and John Hickman (0-31) kept an end quiet while they bowled for Filleigh.

Filleigh got to 181 for four in reply – Rob Collier (46) and Justin Saker (35) leading the way – then the chase tailed off dramatically once Jack Brazier (34) departed.

The spin of Crampton (3-41) and Stuart Bowker (3-47) went through the middle order, leaving Parker (3-17) to mop-up at the end.