Barnstaple and Pilton lost their top-three place in the D Division East to Chardstock, who beat them by 82 runs to take the spot for themselves.

The significance of third place is it is a promotion spot and, after last season’s near miss, Barnstaple are keen to get up this time.

Chardstock were all out for 184 in the final over, no one making more than opener Steve Allsopp (44).

Steve Moore, the Barnstaple skipper, took four Chardstock wickets for 29 runs and there were three for James Lake and two for George McEndoo.

Rob Hutchings (2-5) and James Pyman (3-28) were largely responsible for reducing B&P’s reply to 39 for four

Jack Moore (24) stopped the rot for a while, but with no one else making more than 13 the chase was a non-starter.

Richard Pyman, the former Dorset seamer, had two for 24 and Gary Larcombe two for 11 to kill off Barnstaple in the 32nd over.

Clyst St George are the visitors to Barnstaple and Pilton this Saturday.

North Devon II gave promotion-chasing Exmouth a scare before dipping to a 19-run defeat on the Maer Ground.

Exmouth, who were joint top with Heathcoat before dropping a batting point before tea, made 190 all out. Sean Day (48) top scored and there were chip ins from Luke Davies (25) and Ryan Schaufler (22).

Rob Gear, playing his first league game for North Devon since 2014, took four wickets for 32 runs. And there were four more wickets for David Harley (4-27).

North Devon were behind the clock at 74 for five with Mark Ansell (23) and Jay Rothery (26) already in and out.

Gear (25) and Jonny Green (34) put on 59 to make a game of it and as long as Green survived it was game on.

Patrick Hall (4-22) got Green at 156 for eight and it was downhill to 171 all out pretty quickly.

North Devon host lowly Uplyme this Saturday.