NORTH Devon went back to the top of the Devon Cricket League Premier Division after trouncing Paignton by 139 runs. North Devon exploited Paignton s deficiencies in the field - the dropped-catch count was well into double figures - to rack up 312 for six

NORTH Devon went back to the top of the Devon Cricket League Premier Division after trouncing Paignton by 139 runs.

North Devon exploited Paignton's deficiencies in the field - the dropped-catch count was well into double figures - to rack up 312 for six in 50 overs.

When Paignton batted they reached 143 for one - openers Richard Cooper and Seb Benton both making half centuries - the lost nine wickets for 20 runs on their way to 163 all out.

There was no sign of the carnage to come when North Devon were 13 for two after losing openers Neil Bettis and Rob Gear cheaply.

Dan Bowser went caught behind at 64 for three when swishing outside the off-stump.

Matt Nobes (67) and Mike Hedden then embarked on a stand of 89 for the fourth wicket, during which Paignton's fumbling fingers first came to attention.

Nobes, who got to 67 off 57 balls with some lusty blows through the off-side, scored exactly 50 in boundaries. He perished making room to work the ball off his pads and was caught at short fine-leg.

Overton and Hedden, who clattered four fours and two sixes during a 43-ball stay for 46, added another 96 of the sixth wicket.

Getting Hedden out - lbw to George - didn't bring any respite as Overton and Jas Kalsi kept on motoring.

A clearly tiring Overton finally departed on 273 for six when he was caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary by Benton for a top score of 86 off 95 balls.

Just when Paignton thought it could not get any worse, it did. Youngster Jas Kalsi came in and flogged the flagging bowlers for 34 off 16 balls, only one of which he failed to score off.

Paignton started positively with Cooper (54) and Benton (58) reaching 106 without loss. Spinner Matt Dart (4-50) broke the stand by trapping Benton lbw.

Rasool fell to Rob Gear at 143 and after that it was downhill all the way.

Gear spun his way to figures of six for 61 in 12 overs as he and Dart prised Paignton out to take the win that puts them on top of the table.

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FILLEIGH seem to have got over their early season blip for they have powered into the top half of the table following a nine wicket home win over Upottery.

The East Devon side batted first and were bowled out of the penultimate delivery of their innings for just 120.

Gary Henry took 4-21 in 10.5 overs.

James Marsh (3-15) in six overs and Ryan Bowden (2-30), assisted with wicket-taking duties.

Simon Prideaux helped the hosts race to victory with an unbeaten 64 from just 60 balls faced. Prideaux and Godfrey Tucker (27) put on 102 for the first wicket before Tucker fell. Rob Collier (10no) joined Prideaux to see Filleigh to a second win of the season.

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HATHERLEIGH amassed a hefty 328 for four at Kingsbridge, then shot the home side out for 141 to win by 178 runs.

There were runs almost all the way down the order for Hatherleigh, starting with openers Rob Chapman (33) and Sean Forrester (88) putting on 71.

Forrester and veteran Richard Tidball (73no) knocked up 111 for the third wicket, then Simon Gillespie (49no) and Tidball added 81 unbroken at the end.

Gillespie rounded off a good game by taking five for 36 and Mark Lake took two for 35 as Kings were all out with 12 overs to go.

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BOTTOM side Bideford did well to hold promotion-chasing Chagford to a draw.

Andy Paterson (45) opened up with Gary Sizmur (74) and the pair put on 84 for the first Chagford wicket.

Andy Astley joined Sizmur to make 49 himself in another stand worth 90.

With the Bideford bowlers toiling largely in vain, Chagford batters Colin Mortimore 37) and Del Lammonby (40) knocked up another 76. Former Exeter all-rounder Lammonby only faced 26 balls.

Bideford found batting almost as easy to start with as Matt Allin (73) and James Ford (41) racked up 116 for the first wicket.

Astley (4-46) slowed Bideford's progress and with Mike Wigley making 20 not out the relegation worriers reached 215 for seven before their overs expired.

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BARNSTAPLE & Pilton slowed up in the latter stages of the game at Shobrooke Park and had to settle for a losing draw.

Chasing 219 to win, Barnsatple were well placed needing 60 to win from the last 10 overs with wickets in hand. Andy Barton's 72 had put the visitors in a strong position.

The brake was applied just in time and when the overs ran out B&P were 202 for eight with Henry McEndoo 44 out out. Ross Knoll (4-47) was Park's successful bowler.

Earlier, Knoll has been 32 not out at the end of Shobrooke's 46 overs.

Jon James and Justin Dollow (39) gave Shobrooke an 82-run start that Knoll and Ben Trenaman (24no) built on.

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SECOND ELEVEN SCORES

PREMIER DIVISION

Paignton 211-5 (S Mantell 49, M Smith 42, T W Ward 51; P Heard 2-67), North Devon 212-4 (D Pickard 58, M Gear 65no, P Blyth 47, R Hearne 18no; G Benton 2-54). North Devon (17pts) bt Paignton (7) by 6 wkts.

A DIVISION

Abbotskerswell 130 (A Rose 35, A Birt 23, G Day 19; Josh Stacey 2-20, R Cherrington 2-32, M Brock 4-44), Hatherleigh 134-2 (A Collier 77, M Jones 25). Hatherleigh (20pts) bt Abbots (3) by 8 wkts.

B DIVISION

Braunton II 180-8 (J Higgs 51, D Cresswell 26, E Holmes 22, J Spicer 19no; M Goodman 5-43, M Canning 2-49), Shobrooke Park II 88 (M Canning 45, R Jones 15; J Spicer 5-22, T Latham 2-0, H Booker 2-18). Braunton (19pts) bt Shobrooke Park (4) by 92 runs.

Yelverton II 225-6 (J Degg 100, G Keen 24; J Weeks 4-55, D Smale 2-40), Bideford II 231-2 (A Webbe 96no, M Barrett 63). Bideford (18pts) bt Yelverton (6) by 8 wkts.

C DIVISION

Kingskerswell II 217-7 (C Appah 49, J Ellis 40, J Massey 40; S Cole 4-48), Barnstaple II 171-6 (D Loader 39, R Bowden 37no; S Taylor 2-32). Kingskerswell (14pts) drew with Barnstaple (8).

E DIVISION EAST

North Devon 3rd XI 237-6 (T Stanton 94no, B Heaman 54; C Gamwell 3-37), Seaton 158-8 (D Turner 49; F O'Donnell 4-13). North Devon 3rd XI (15pts) drew with Seaton (8).