Hatherleigh showed they are serious about an immediate return to the Premier Division by administering a 72-run beating on Barton.

Rob Fishleigh (24), Gareth Tidball (25) and Tino Mutombodzi (23) steered Hatherleigh to 82 for three then Simon Gillespie (42) anchored the lower order to reach a total of 218 for seven.

Jon Martin, Matt Lipton and Matt Crampton had two wickets each for Barton.

Barton made a reasonable start - they were 98 for three - but the turning ball proved their undoing.

Hatherleigh skipper Mark Lake (3-33) picked off a couple in quick succession including opener Shaun Needham (41).

Tino Mutombodzi (3-26) added to the damage as Barton succumbed to 146 all out. Their last four wickets fell for eight runs, leaving Lipton stranded on 28 not out.

Lake described it as 'a brilliant start to the season', adding: "We got more than enough on a wicket where we thought 180 was plenty.

Lake added: "We know there will be bigger tests to come, but to get 19 points away from home is a great way to start the season."

Opposite number Adam Parker said Hatherleigh were a good team, but his side did themselves no favours.

"We bowled too many extras, which obviously helped them get to a very defendable total.

"Hatherleigh bowled better then us, their bowlers bowled to a tight field which made it hard to score."

Parker insisted it was not all negative.

"We were in the game for a long period of time, but didn't have one or two batters who could push on and score freely," he said.

"We will go again next week and put things right."