NORTH Devon’s Premier season is fizzling out after a fourth defeat in five starts, this time by two wickets at Sandford.

North Devon made 187 for eight in their 50 overs with Rob Gear holding the innings together with 73 not out .

After Dan Bowser (27) and Tom Ansell (29) had departed in a running total of 65 for three, Gear took over.

Ryan Glass (2-22) and Luke Wright (2-20) shared the bowling honours for Sandford.

Sandford got to 109 for three thanks largely to Russ Discombe (42) and George Gree (40) and seemed to be coasting to victory. Bowser (2-34) and Paul Heard (3-83) sparked a minor wobble and at 133 for five it was a different story.,

Matt Theedom (27) and Wright (20) got Sandford back on track. After a second stumble – 176 for five became 181 for eight – Filleigh’s former player Jamie Palmer settled the issue with a boundary.

North Devon are due to visit Bovey Tracey this Saturday.

l BRAUNTON were the gooseberries at the promotion party after losing by 52 runs to champs in waiting Exeter.

Victory puts Exeter back in the Premier next season after a break of two years

Braunton are looking in the other direction now as they have slipped a bit too close for comfort to the relegation danger zone.

The signs didn’t look good for Exeter after they had been held to 102 for nine in a 37-over game – Miles Lenygon scoring 23 and Will Steward 27.The city side needed a fightback after being 27 for three.

Jon Baglow picked up four for 21 for Braunton and there were two wickets each for Alex Hodges and Harry Booker.

Braunton collapsed from 43 for three to 50 all out – that’s seven wickets at a run each – as Callum Still (4-16), Andy Mead (3-3) and Adam Gribble (2-21) took them apart.

Tom Mitcham’s 20 was as good as it got for Braunton, who have dropped to just nine point off the relegation places.

Braunton’s next game is away to Plymstock.

l BARNSTAPLE & Pilton kept their flicking B Division promotion hopes alive with a 14-run win over Lewdown.

Andy Barton top scored for B&P with 44 in a total of 164 for seven, which was more challenging than it looked on a wet Moorland wicket.

Lewsdown were also without their overseas star Rob Mutch, who had been spirited away the day before to play for Somerset 1st XI against Scotland in a Clydesdale Bank Pro40 game.

Barton and Brady Saunders (26) put on 75 for B&P’s second wicket. Steve Moore was unbeaten on 25 at the end.

Lewdown got up and running through Matt Witcher (31) and Harry Geering (37) – they were 69 for none – but lost the initiative while sliding from 82 for one to 85 for five.

Moore (4-30), Brady Saunders (3-38) and Tom Popham (2-31) ran through the rest as Lewdown bowed out for 150.

B&&P go to Thorverton this Saturday.

l BIDEFORD condemened Clyst Hydon to the drop from the C Division by beating them by 122 runs.

Matt Allin took a ton of Hydon, which came off 132 balls and included 13 fours and two sixes, as Bideford racked up 264 for six. There were stands of 74 with Mike Young (35), 52 with Josh King (34), 77 with Peter Stevens and 35 with Alex Crisp (25) before Paul Milner (2-52) got Allin out.

Clyst Hydon were all out for 142 in reply – and didn’t look like making that many having been 88 for eight.

Patrick Harris, who went in at number nine, clubbed 53 off 32 balls with eight fours and two sixes to stave off complete collapse.

The wickets were shared around for Bideford with Chris Luxton taking three for 41 and two each for King and Jack Hockin.

Bideford have a home date with Kingsbridge coming up.

l FILLEIGH’S home game against Feniton in the D Division was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Filleigh are due to entertain Seaton in the next round of fixtures.