North Devon held off a determined run chase by Paignton to win by 19 runs and stay out in front at the top of the Premier table.

Faced with a target of 276 to win, Paignton looked down and out at 84 for five. Matt Westaway took three for 25 filling in for the unavailable Jack Popham in the attack.

A maiden Premier Division ton by Dan Wolf in a record-breaking sixth-wicket stand of 124 with Chris Kelmere put the game back in the balance.

The stand ended just after Wolf reached his ton. Kelmere fell for 44 to Witheridge.

Wolf was next out on 236 for seven, having hit 16 fours and two sixes in a 105-ball stay.

With 40 needed and five overs to go, the lower order went for it.

North Devon skipper Huxtable opted for the spin of French and it proved a sound move.

French took the last three wickets to fall as Paignton got to 256 all out in the penultimate over.

North Devon lost opener Callum French to George Benton in the first over – then assaulted the Paignton bowling with impunity for the next 18 overs.

Dan Bowser clouted nine fours and four sixes on his way to 81 off 67 balls in a second-wicket stand of 141 with Max Curtis.

Curtis made 46 off 55 balls with seven fours, which looked positively pedestrian in comparison.

Barney Huxtable (16) and Ed Yeo (32) upped the tempo a second time then Josh King slammed 55 not out off 35 balls in a seventh-wicket partnership of 64 with Yeo as North Devon got to 275 all out in the final over.

North Devon skipper Huxtable said it was a cracking game packed with highlights for both sides.

“George Benton got French caught behind in the first over to a top delivery which would have got a lot of players out.

“Max and Dan Bowser batted fantastically and put on 100 before Dan played on to a delivery that kept a little low.

“It was a massive shame and not good enough for us not to bat our full 50 as I think if we had done so 270 would have been 300 plus.

“On the wicket we were playing on I felt 275 was par score.”

Huxtable said Wolf batted ‘fantastically’ and he was glad to see the back of him.

On North Devon’s bowling and fielding display, Huxtable said: “Matt Westaway bowled brilliantly in his comeback game, taking three wickets and was unlucky not to take a couple more.”