North Devon are still flirting with relegation danger after a five-wicket defeat at Sidmouth.
The Instow side go into this Saturday’s game against Bovey Tracey on the back of five straight defeats, are only 13 points clear of the relegation places. They could be in trouble if Bradninch and Sandford below them both win.
Bradninch go to fourth-placed Plymouth on the final day of the season, while Sandford travel to league leaders Heathcoat, who know a win will see them crowned champions.
“The equation for us is simple,” said worried North Devon skipper Matt Westaway.
“Win the game on Saturday and we finish lower mid-table ensuring Premier cricket at Instow next year. Lose and we are trusting to luck that the teams below us also lose.
“It’s backs-against-the wall stuff, but, I am confident somebody will put their hand up and play the innings we have been lacking over the past few games.”
North Devon were held to 216 for six on the Fortfield.
The batting was solid rather than spectacular with Ed Yeo (43), Ben Howe (44), Josh King (31) and Adrian Isherwood (26) all contributing.
Max Hancock (2-26) and Will Murray (2-40) were Sidmouth’s leading bowlers.
There was never much doubt about the result after Sidmouth openers Josh Bess (64) and Dec Lines (40) hoisted 104 for the first wicket.
Luke Bess (36), Matt Cooke (20) and Henry Gater with 36 off 18 balls had victory assured in the 36th over.