Premier cricket beckons after a 27-year absence for Mark Lake’s side

Hatherleigh clinched the second promotion place out of the A Division when they beat doomed Plymstock by eight wickets.

Plymstock were all out for 145 – a better total than looked likely when they were 35 for five after a duffing up from Sean Letheren (4-20).

Josh Sumner made 83 off 50 balls – eight fours, five sixes – to stave off total collapse. Mark Lake (3-22) and Matt Thomas (2-51) spun out the lower order.

Hatherleigh made an inauspicious start – they were 14 for two – but Gareth Tidball (54) and Ryan Davies (62) saw the chase through with an unbroken stand of 134.

Sandford are up as champions after their win over Ivybridge. Hatherleigh, the runners-up, are heading back to Premier cricket after an absence of 27 summers.

Skipper Lake knows it is a big step, but forward planning will wait until the current season is over.

For now Lake and his team-mates want to celebrate what they have achieved, which included a four-match losing run that threatened to derail their promotion push.

“On the whole we have played good cricket most of the season and the Plymstock game was no different,” said Lake.

“We kept them to a small total on a decent track and after we lost a couple early we made the chase look very easy.

“I am proud of all the lads and the hard work they have put in all season.”

Hatherleigh make the short trip to Lewdown this Saturday.