Hatherleigh skipper Mark Lake isn’t about to panic despite a second successive Premier Division defeat.
The Premier new boys lost by four wickets at Exmouth, who chased down 199 to win with more than 15 overs to spare.
Miles Lenygon hammered 128 off 92 balls for Exmouth, a knock which made all the difference to the outcome in more ways than one.
Lake does not feel his side are that far behind the level needed to start winning regularly in the top flight.
“We batted solidly but perhaps were 30 runs short,” said Lake.
“A missed chance when Miles was on zero turned up to be crucial once he was in.
“Miles was brutal and very destructive.
“There were lots of positives to take from a positive performance game.
“We definitely aren’t being out-played, which is a big positive, so on to the coming weeks.
Hatherleigh were glad of a patient 53 from Zipo Zondo for reaching 198 for nine in their 50 overs.
Openers Danny Forrester and Rob Fishleigh went cheaply and when Gareth Tidball fell lbw to Bob Dawson Hatherleigh were 73 for three with halfway just around the corner.
Zondo and Ryan Davies (23) put on 41 for the fourth wicket but were finding run scoring hard against Billy Rudolph (2-37), and Dawson (2-44), Andy Buzza (2-40) and David Lye (1-41).
After Zondo also fell to Dawson, Rob Cockwill (30) and Charlie Neilson (24) upped the scoring rate in the last 10 overs.
Exmouth started badly with openers Sandy Allen and Lye both being dismissed by Sean Letheren for five on the board.
Lenygon and Dan Pyle (22) made a 93-run dent in the deficit. By the time Miles Lenygon went the target was 25 to win in 20 overs with six wickets in hand. Buzza (25) got the bulk of them.