North Devon captain Barney Huxtable said there remains room for improvement despite a comfortable seven-wicket win at Exeter.
Exeter were all out for 154 – Tom Allin and Josh King doing the damage – which was more than they looked like getting at 93 for nine.
Huxtable’s 54 and 40 from Quintin Dreyer made light work of the chase.
Huxtable was pleased with the batting side, but less so with the bowling and fielding performance.
“For the first ten overs we bowled tighter lines than we have done this season, although there is still room for improvement as they were again 50-1 off ten overs,” said Huxtable
“Zak Bess got Exeter off to a good start and then threw it away.
“Tom Allin came on first change and put the brakes on.
“Josh King bowled his best spell so far this summer. He got the ball swinging and put it in the right areas.
“We batted very well and finished the game off in a very professional manor, only losing three wickets giving us a full 20 points.
“Dreyer batted with great intent smashing 40 off not very many. Max played a great role in seeing us through.”
The County Ground outfit were 58 for one with Bess (27) going well and Rob Holman (18) looking assured.
Allin produced a peach of a delivery that caught Holman’s outside edge on its way through to the keeper.
Bess went in the next over – he guided a King long-hop to Callum French at slip – and the slide was on.
Allin took two for 28, King had four for 28 and Exeter plunged to 93 for nine.
Just when it seemed Exeter were going to be rolled for under a hundred, last pair Pete Hensor and Jon Tipper spared their blushes.
Tipper propped up one end while Hensor got on with it at the other on his way to 55.
Their stand of 61 for the last wicket – Tipper made 11 – at least made the scoreline respectable.
Matt Dart wound things up when he removed Tipper.
Exeter needed early wickets to pose any sort of threat – and seeing North Devon reach 60 for none was the last thing they wanted.
Tipper got French out for 23, but skipper Barney Huxtable (54) and Max Curtis (29no) added another 33 as the target came down.
A 50-run stand between Curtis and Quintin Dreyer (40) left 11 required, most of which Curtis got.