North Devon probably need one more win to be sure of Premier Division cricket next season after they were 106-run losers in a rain-affected game with Sandford in the Sandhills.
Sandford made 204 for eight in 33 rain-reduced overs, which was scaled up to 222 using the Duckworth-Lewis System.
An opening stand of 86 between Richard Foan (40) and Freddie Filor (31) was topped up by Adam Small (23), Chris Simpson (32 off 14 balls) and Chris Jelley (22).
Steffan James (3-39) took three wickets and there were two each for Matt Westaway and Adrian Isherwood.
North Devon finished a long way short on 116 for eight. Opener Dan Bowser made 22, which was the only score above 20 in the innings.
Jamie Palmer and Faisal Iqbal had identical figures of two for 23 from seven overs and skipper Foan (3-18) spun out most of the middle order.
North Devon (170pts) are 33 clear of Sandford in the second relegation place with 60 to play for. They have a tough game against title-chasers Heathcoat this Saturday.
North Devon skipper Matt Westaway said his side could have no complaints about the result.
“It was a sub-standard performance,” said Westaway.
“Sandford were really up for the challenge and showed great intent when they batted.
“After tea we struggled to get any momentum with Jamie Palmer in particular putting us under pressure and giving very few scoring opportunities.
“After 12 overs we were out of the contest. We can have no complaints as they deserved to win on the day.
“I am hoping for strong availability this Saturday as we look to bounce back.”