There was disappointment for North Devon in the Tolchards Devon Premier

North Devon lost for the second week running when they went down by three wickets at Plymouth in the Tolchards Devon Premier.

Opener Tom Ansell batted through for an unbeaten 117 in North Devon’s total of 277 for six.

Dan Bowser and Max Curtis, county players past and present, went cheaply to Joe Hagan-Burt (3-48).

Ansell just kept batting and kept putting together partnerships with successive batsmen.

There was a stand of 44 with Kyle Verreynne (25), one of 46 with Huxtable (16), one of 85 with Ben Mason (32) and an unbroken one of 76 with Josh King.

King clouted 58 not out off 18 balls with eight fours and three sixes, easily the briskest half-century in the Premier Division so far this season.

Anthony Atkinson’s 112 off 96 balls – 12 fours and four sixes – got Plymouth up to 197 for three in reply.

A stand of 136 with Joe Walsh (59) helped things along.

Hamish Gardiner then saw it through for the city side, making 59 not out at his end while the rest came in bits and pieces at the other from the middle order.

The loss means North Devon slip down to seventh in the league, but only 17 points separate the top eight teams.

They will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday, and will have every opportunity to do so away to a Cornwood side who have only won one game this season.