Braunton held their nerve to beat Heathcoat second XI by one wicket in a real nail-biter and Kelsey.

The obvious star of the show was Braunton opener Callum Mitchell, who batted from start to finish for an unbeaten 120. To put Mitchell's knock in perspective, no one else scored more than eight.

Dan Briereley, the Braunton captain, felt there was more to winning the match than Mitchell's knock.

Mike Brown bowls the rarely seen left-arm unorthodox spin that used to be called a chinaman – the ball turns like an off-break but more sharply – and his six-wicket haul caught Heathcoat on the hop.

“It was an unreal effort by two stand-out performers in Mike Brown, who took six for 22, and Callum Mitchell with one of the best knocks ever seen at Braunton,” said Brierley.

“Boom time is back and, hopefully, we can gain some momentum and continue on into Shobrooke Park this week.

“We will have a couple of changes from the team this week but the replacements have the X-Factor to win the game.”

Heathcoat will be disappointed they were bowled out for 171 after Toby Lochead (42) and Simon Sobczak (42) got them to 119 for three.

Wickets fell steadily once Brown came on with Henry Frankpitt (24) the only batter to linger. Finn Stoneman's 22 not out at the end earned Heathcoat a batting bonus point.

Mitchell was involved in partnership after partnership with batters who let him get on with it. James Kemp contributed just seven runs to a stand of 58.

Jaime Valadao (3-54) and Paul Elliott (3-26) chipped away at the batting and when Mark Mitchell was ninth out the target was 26 to win with last man Mark Johnson at the crease.

Johnson blocked out for nought not out as Mitchell wiped off the runs at the other end.