HATHERLEIGH are stuck fast in the A Division bottom two after a surprise 22-run defat at Plympton.

The surprise was that 82 was a winning total for Plympton, who shot Hatherleigh out for 60 in reply.

Defeat would have dropped Plympton into the bottom two, but victory keeps them ahead of Hatherleigh, who occupy the second drop spot.

Plympton cruised to 53 for one with Christian Bunny the only casualty.

Then the wheel fell off as Hatherleigh captain Mark Lake (5-10) and Nick Rogers (4-27) scythed through the batting.

Hatherleigh had to bat before tea and promptly slumped from 23 for none to 36 for seven in reply.

Ryan Skinner ripped out Ian Cockwill after the break and from then on it was downhill all the way to 60 all out.

Lake said his side were on the wrong end of three decisions which could have gone their way, but that couldn’t be used as an excuse: “We should be able to chase such a small total, but, as I have said before, our batting is woeful at the moment.

“The pitch was slow and low, but not a wicket to be bowled out chasing 80.

“After fielding and bowling really well I’m still not sure how we managed to lose after being 23 for none and then 36 for seven.

“We need to change soon or we will find ourselves a long way adrift.”

Hatherleigh are at home to Abbotskerswell this Saturday.