NORTH Devon 2nd XI look safe for another season in the top flight after thrashing bottom side South Devon by 174 runs. The gap between the two strugglers is 25 points, which doesn't seem much until it is put into context. South Devon have only won once al

NORTH Devon 2nd XI look safe for another season in the top flight after thrashing bottom side South Devon by 174 runs.The gap between the two strugglers is 25 points, which doesn't seem much until it is put into context.South Devon have only won once all season - since the start of the 2006 campaign they have only won 10 league matches from 45 starts - so getting enough points to scramble clear could be a problem.South Devon got a dream start when North Devon opener Bob Heaman took guard with his brand-new, unused bat and was yorked first ball by Pat Duke (3-64).That was as good as it got for South Devon as the home side then proceeded to 307 for six declared in the 46th of their 50 overs.Richard Screech top scored with 68 and James Starkey biffed 66. All three Overtons - dad Mark (60no) and twin sons Craig (38) and Jamie (26) all made runs. Mark and Jamie put on 90 for the sixth wicket.South Devon were all out for 133 in reply with skipper Neil Matthews (33) offering the most resistance. Ben Chadwick had 21.Tom Cook (3-33) led the North Devon bowling effort, aided and abetted by Jamie Overton, Starkey and Richard Kelly with two each.l ROB Holm cracked an unbeaten half-century as Barnstaple & Pilton 2nd XI overcame lowly Tavistock by five wickets.Tavistock 144 (D Chapple 49, R Davies 26, D Skaglioni 26; N Rowe 3-32, J Popham 3-2), Barnstaple 146-5 (R Holm 64, R Wilkins 32; W Downham 2-39) Barnstaple (19pts) bt Tavistock (4) by 5 wkts.