The Instow side lost by 92 runs in their Devon Premier match on Saturday

North Devon need a win at Bradninch this Saturday to avoid falling any closer to the Premier drop spots.

Last Saturday’s 92-run defeat by Heathcoat left North Devon fifth from bottom – which sounds better than it is.

The gap between North Devon and Plymouth in the second relegation place is only 13 points – not much of a safety margin.

And as all four of the teams around North Devon are playing among themselves this Saturday, two of them can gain ground on Ed Yeo’s side.

Jack Dart showed a month in New Zealand watching rugby had done him no harm by hitting 114 on his return to the Heathcoat side in a hefty total of 295 for eight.

Along the way there were stands of 49 with Jackson Thompson (49), 103 with Sam Smith (47) and 51 with Toby Lochead.

Wicket-taking was hard work for North Devon. Matt Westaway (1-35) and Josh King (1-43) kept the runs down for 10 overs each.

North Devon had it all to do after they slumped to 45 for five.

The rot stopped with Ross Clayton (51) and Yeo (91) who struck up 118 for the sixth wicket.

“Ross Clayton batted superbly, showing great character and fight,” said Yeo.

“A few of our people could learn from his example.”

Yeo, who faced 63 balls, was the dominant partner and the one Heathcoat were glad to see the back of. His ability to score runs quickly is well known round the Premier Division.

The comeback was killed off completely by Matt Hodson, who pocketed Yeo and Clayton one after the other.

Hodson finished with four for 40 as North Devon subsided to 203 all out.