Adrian Isherwood starred with bat and ball for North Devon in their 132-run win at Bradninch.

North Devon batsman Adrian Isherwood during his splendid knock in the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division game at BradninchNorth Devon batsman Adrian Isherwood during his splendid knock in the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division game at Bradninch

Aussie all-rounder Isherwood slammed an unbeaten 112 for North Devon, sharing a stand of 119 for the third wicket with Dan Bowser.

Bowser had a bit of luck but was a perfect foil for his more aggressive partner.

Eliot Acton spun out Bowser on 176 for three, which brought Somerset’s Jamie Overton out to bat. He clubbed 27 off 11 balls – three fours, two sixes – then got out lbw to Burns.

Isherwood kept going, facing 122 balls and hitting 15 boundaries in his 112.

North Devon batsmen Adria Isherwood (left) and Dan Bowser who put on 129 for the third wicket in the Tolchards Devon League game.North Devon batsmen Adria Isherwood (left) and Dan Bowser who put on 129 for the third wicket in the Tolchards Devon League game.

Keeping the runs down was a challenge for the Bradninch bowlers, although skipper Gary Chappell (0-41) and Will Greig (1-33) suffered least in their 10-over spells.

Overton was using the game to test his fitness after an injury lay off, which meant he got to take the new ball.

Chappell went in the first over, followed by Tendai Maruma and Kian Burns in quick succession. Overton’s three for 19 in six overs ended any hopes of a Bradninch win.

Charlie Walker (24), hung round for a while, but Isherwood (4-12) and Steffan James (2-19) built on Overton’s early work to run through the middle order.

North Devon batsman Dan Bowser on his way to a knock of 75 in the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division game at Bradninch.North Devon batsman Dan Bowser on his way to a knock of 75 in the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division game at Bradninch.

Tail-enders Acton (16), Greig (17) and Tallan Burns (18) helped add 51 for the last three wickets to make the total of 137 all out a shade more respectable.

Winning captain Matt Westway said: “The batters delivered first up.

“Adrian’s 100 was well timed and his partnership with Dan Bowser allowed us to get to a very competitive total.

“Having Jamie Overton able to bowl is a massive plus and he duly delivered by removing the danger men in the top three.

“Jamie and Jack Popham delivered a hostile opening spell that proved to be the difference in the game.

“A J (Isherwood) then demonstrated his all-round ability by taking four wickets with his left-arm spin.”

After the defeat by Exmouth seven days earlier, Westaway said it was a ‘much-improved performance’ but he added a caveat.

“We must put it into context as we won’t have the luxury of 10 overs from Jamie to factor in as now his rehabilitation is nearing completion he will be back bowling for Somerset.”