Filleigh beat Axminster by four wickets to edge away from the relegation danger area.

Max Felgate made a top score of 52 as Axminster slowed up to finish on 178 for seven.

Filleigh didn’t hang about, knocking off the runs and with Justin Saker making 56 – 46 coming in boundaries – they won with 15 overs to spare.

It remains close at the bottom of the table where Filleigh are 15 points clear of Axminster, who are second from bottom ahead of Barnstaple, who were rained off against second-placed Uplyme.

Axminster picked up the tempo in mid-innings with Felgate and skipper Paul Miller (27) putting on 62.

In-form Mike Wakley had gone early and there were times when Axminster slowed right up against Ryan Bowden (0-16) and Connor Nash (2-24).

Dave Field hit 21 not out at the end to earn a fourth batting bonus point.

After a double strike by Matt Pile (2-44) removed both Filleigh openers, McAuley Harrison-Hooton (37) and Saker took the score to 103 for three.

Saker carried on briefly then Ieuan Davies and captain Simon Prideaux (31) wrapped things up.

Skipper Prideaux said the key to winning was limiting Axminster and praised his side’s efforts in the field.

“We bowled and fielded really well, especially since the outfield was lighting quick,” said Prideaux.

“I thought we were looking down the barrel of 250-plus when they won the toss and were 23 for none after two overs.

“Jon Hickman nipped one back through Wakely’s defence and then we kept it really tight.”

Filleigh entertain leaders Seaton on Saturday.

Barnstaple & Pilton’s home game against Uplme was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

B&P are away to fellow strugglers Axminster Town this Saturday afternoon.