Hatherleigh are the new tenants in the Premier Division cellar following their two-wicket defeat in a Duckworth-Lewis determined basement battle by Bradninch.

The Ninch (157pts) are not out of danger yet as the bottom two – Sandford (137) and Hatherleigh (128) - can still get past them.

The pressure is on the bottom two now, in particular Hatherleigh, who hit rock bottom as Sandford defeated North Devon to go past them.

Opener Ryan Davies made 63 – he was fifth out at 90 – and Simon Gillespie had 54 off 34 balls in Hatherleigh’s 32-over total of 175 for eight. No one else made more than nine.

Bradninch had to make 137 to win in 22 overs thanks to the DLS and stumbled over the line with just two balls to spare.

Rory Thomas (38) and Charlie Walker (44) negotiated a difficult spell from Dan Fogerty (4-23) to get Bradninch within 25 runs. Bits and pieces from the lower order won it.

Hatherleigh skipper Mark Lake, who was unable to play due to an injury, said it was a tough defeat to take.

“I was very proud of the lads as it was a brilliant effort in the worst of the conditions,” said Lake.

“We had to bat first in bowler-friendly conditions then bowl with a wet ball when Duckworth-Lewis was always in favour of the batsmen

“Credit to Bradninch though for wanting to get the game on as much as we did.”

Hatherleigh go to Plymouth this Saturday.