NORTH Devon held on for a valuable winning draw against fellow strugglers Exmouth that keeps them out of the relegation danger zone. North Devon set Exmouth 220 to win and the target was down to 12 off the last over, which proved too many so the game ende

NORTH Devon held on for a valuable winning draw against fellow strugglers Exmouth that keeps them out of the relegation danger zone.North Devon set Exmouth 220 to win and the target was down to 12 off the last over, which proved too many so the game ended drawn.Stuart Rhodes (83) and Mike Hedden (82) were North Devon's main run scorers in a tally of 219 for nine.After opener Rob Gear got out in the second over, Neil Bettis and Rhodes put up 101 for the North Devon second wicket.When Arul Suppiah (4-56) got Bettis out, Hedden came in and carved the ball about to make his 82 from just 55 deliveries.Rhodes faced 133 balls and hit 11 boundaries while Hedden was all action with four fours and plenty of running between the wickets.Exmouth started hesitantly - they were two for seven with Suppiah and Mike Paine both out - but pulled things round through Chris Travers (41).At 69 for four Richard Baggs came out to join Burke and their stand of 130 took Exmouth to the brink of victory.Baggs was caught on the boundary for 82 and two overs later Burke was dismissed for 43.Seventeen to win from the final two overs was too many and Exmouth fell short at 211 for eight, Rob Gear taking four wickets for North Devon.North Devon are on the road to Sandford this Saturday.l Plymstock joined the growing list of clubs who have found Barnstaple a tough nut to crack when the two sides met at Taw Meadow.Barum might be bottom of the B Division table, but they aren't allowing anyone to roll them over lightly.If Barnstaple can't win they don't want to lose and, yet again, they blocked it out for a draw.Lady opener Heather Knight (32) and Jack Nash (32) got Plymstock away to a 62-run start, then Dave Orchard made 47 as Plymstock moved to 142 for four.Barum had the better of it in the latter stages of the innings, Shaun Cole (4-18) and Henry McEndoo among the wickets as Plymstock slowed to 184 for eight.Barnstaple were soon in difficulties at 38 for four, but Plymstock couldn't kill them off despite the efforts of Mike Cherry (4-22) and Jack Thomas (3-38).Lee Cole (33) stopped the rot for Barnstaple, leaving Shaun Cole (14no) and George McEndoo (12no) to push back the final nine overs to save the game at 133 for eight.Bideford didn't get as far as tea time in their game at Cockington in Torquay.A delayed start meant only 42 overs a side and Cockington had faced 32 of them when the match stopped.The Needham brothers - Peter (32no), Matt (25) and Shaun (25) - were the major contributors to a total of 131 for five.James Ford and Mike Warne had two wickets each for the visitors. Bideford and Barnstaple clash at Westward Ho! this Saturday.