Hatherleigh have the chance to regain top spot in the A Division if they beat leaders Sandford this Saturday.

After 10 weeks on the top and no defeats at all, Hatherleigh have lost three of the last four and slipped 14 points behind Sandford.

Last time out they were one-run losers in a last-ball finish at Plympton.

It is hard to see third-placed Budleigh catching either of the top two as they are 36 points behind Hatherleigh and 50 adrift of Sandford.

If Hatherleigh want to return to the Premier Division after 21 years as A Division champions, nothing less than a win will do.

Justin Wubbeling made a top score of 39 for Plympton, who totalled 167 for eight in their 50 overs.

Andy Walter hit 32 and put on 50 for the second wicket with James Degg (32).

The wickets were shared round with Matt Thomas taking three for 21 and Jack Cherrington two for 27.

All Hatherleigh’s top six got in and got started, but they lacked one anchorman to hang a successful chase.

David Wrench (3-34) and Alex Carr (2-24) kept chipping away at the order and the experience of former Devon all-rounder Keith Donohue on his first outing of the season – 10 overs for 29 runs – must have helped

Gareth Tidball made 30, Thomas 25 and Rob Fishleigh 23 to get Hatherleigh down to the last over needing 10 to win with skipper Craig Donohue to bowl and Mark lake just out for 23.

Jabez Wheale was run-out off the last ball trying to scamper a single to tie.

Disappointed Hatherleigh captain Mark Lake said: “It was a game that got away from us and a game we really should have won.

“Not reacting quickly enough to a game situation cost us dear.

“We are still in a very good position and I back the lads to take us there.

“There is a lot to play for still and we have plenty to prove in the last month of the season.”