Max Curtis’s 79no steered North Devon to victory over Torquay on Saturday.

North Devon are the new leaders in the Premier Division following a six-wicket win over reigning champions Torquay at Instow.

Exeter’s reign at the top lasted a week as they went down by three wickets at Cornwood.

Torquay were pinned down early by North Devon seamers Josh King (2-33) and Matt Westaway (2-30), and found spinner Stefan James (0-33 off 10) no easier to get away.

Mitch Pugh (25) had the only score of note in a running total of 49 for three.

Sach Galhenage (42) and George Allen (50) hoisted 75 for the fourth wicket, but it took them nearly 20 overs to do it.

Allen and Joe Thompson (15) added another 28 before Jack Hockin spun Allen out with Torquay on 152.

Three wickets went for three runs added as Hockin (2-32) and left-armer Dan Bowser (2-40) prospered.

Tail-enders Nick Watkin (22no) and debutant Sam Carpenter (14) helped add 45 for Torquay in the last six overs to get 200 on the board.

North Devon made a 42-run start through Bowser (21) and Tom Ansell (20), only for Jack Richardson (2-28) to knock them both over in a total of 55 for two.

Max Curtis (79no) and Kyle Verreyenne (30) knocked up 65 to leave 81 to win in 28 overs.

Veryenne raced to 30, hitting a six along the way, but he and Barney Huxtable were spun out four runs apart by Galhenage (2-30). Curtis was still there and with Ben Mason (25no) for company knocked off the rest of the runs without mishap.

Barney Huxtable, the North Devon captain, said it was a ‘fantastic result’ for his side.

He said: “There are loads of positives to take and also a few areas we can improve.

“Jack Hockin, who broke into the side last week and kept his place, really impressed again, bowling very well at the end of the innings.

“Steff James, our slow left-armer, also bowled with great control allowing us to set fields to restrict Torquay.

“Max Curtis batted with fantastic maturity seeing us through. It was great to see him get some runs and show his class with the bat.

“There were still wickets thrown away at vital times and we need to learn to value our wicket more if we want to seriously compete this season.”

North Devon are at home again on Saturday, with Bovey Tracey the team to visit the Sandhills.