Hatherleigh captain Mark Lake was bitterly disappointed by the manner of his side’s two-wicket defeat away to Premier leaders Heathcoat.

Heathcoat needed more than a hundred to win with seven batsmen back in the hut – and 99 times out of a hundred that would have been a losing position. This time it wasn’t.

“We had the game won after 35 overs of their innings and it was a game we fully deserved to win,” said Lake.

“Good sides win games from positions they shouldn’t and that is what Heathcoat did.

“It would have been a massive win for us, but it was one that got away.”

Hatherleigh totalled 183 all out with 14 balls to go of their 50 overs – Gareth Tidball (46) and Charlie Nielson (44) showing the way with the bat. Jackson Thompson (4-36) was Heathcoat’s leading bowler.

Tidball and Nielson rescued Hatherleigh from an unimpressive 76 for four with a stand of 86 that took the tally to 162 for five.

Thompson then wreaked havoc in the lower order as Hatherleigh lost six wickets for 21 runs. None of the incoming batters lasted longer than six balls!

After Heathcoat had subsided to 77 for seven in reply, Sean Letheren (3-39) and Simon Gillespie (2-33) taking wickets, a Hatherleigh win looked on the cards.

Eighth-wicket pair Jamie Drew (43no) and Malcolm Cloete (44) turned the game with a stand of 71 that took Heathcoat in sight of victory.

The returning Letheren broke the stand with 36 needed. Christian Cabburn (14no) helped Drew get Heathcoat over the line.