Hatherleigh’s 85-run defeat at Exmouth has left them living dangerously at the wrong end of the Premier table.

Hatherleigh’s safety margin between them and the relegation places is down to a point.

If Hatherleigh lose to second-placed Sidmouth this Saturday, Bradninch could go past them out of the bottom two.

Exmouth made 212 for nine against Hatherleigh, which both skippers agreed was a better total than it looked on a challenging batting track.

The bulk of Exmouth’s runs came from the top three of Callum French (37), David Lye (26) and Dan Pyle (21).

Dan Fogerty took three Exmouth wickets and there were two each for Eddie Jones and Rob Fishleigh.

Hatherleigh were all out for 127 in reply with more than 18 overs to go.

They were tied down early by Exmouth’s George Greenway and Davie Lye (2-24) and soon behind the clock.

Ryan Davies (29) and Rob Cockwill (30) made some progress, but the next bests were Gareth Tidball (10) and Mark Lake (17no), which was never going to be enough.

Pollard (3-23) got into the middle order, leaving French (3-17) to deal with the stragglers.

Hatherleigh captain Lake agreed it was a difficult track to bat on, but there were other factors in his side’s defeat.

“Letting Exmouth get to many runs on a 175 pitch was the first issue,” said Lake.

“And as the wicket got more difficult to bat on, it was always going to be a tough chase.

“Yet again getting nowhere near batting out our overs is becoming a problem.”