It’s over and out for Hatherleigh following an eight-wicket defeat at Bovey Tracey that officially consigned them to relegation.

It would have needed a mathematical miracle courtesy of favourable results elsewhere to keep Hatherleigh up even had they won at Bovey Tracey.

That was never remotely likely once Bovey got to 103 for two chasing a modest 137 to win.

There were three wickets each for Ashley Causey and Toby Codd as Bovey dismissed Hatherleigh for 136 with 15 overs to go.

Hatherleigh slumped from 50 for one to 69 for seven and were grateful to Dan Fogerty (35) and Craig Penberthy (18) whose stand of 50 staved off total embarrassment.

Openers Sean Dalliston (42no) and Josh Mailling (29) gave Bovey a 57-run start. Abraham Kopparambil (25) and Min Jalill (27no) took them the rest of the way.

For Hatherleigh it is back to the A Division a season after coming up, a little older and a little wiser about the ways and means of the top flight.

Mark Lake, the Hatherleigh captain, said lessons had been learned for another crack at Premier cricket.

“We have found it a big step but it definitely has not put us off,” said Lake.

“It has been a good learning experience and we will be tying our upmost to get back up there as soon as possible.

“To do better we need to find some top-order batsmen as runs have always been the real issue this year.

“On a number of occasions we have not given our bowlers much of a chance.”

Hatherleigh are at home to title-chasers Exeter this Saturday.