North Devon skipper Barney Huxtable claimed the 84-run defeat at Torquay doesn’t mean his side aren’t title contenders.

Table-topping Torquay made it four wins on the trot at the expense of North Devon, who were tipped as potential champs themselves at the start of the season.

North Devon were bowled out for 143 chasing 238 to win - Ryan Stevenson and Sach Galhenage taking three wickets each.

"I feel the league is completely open and whoever ends up winning it will have lost four or five games," said Huxtable.

Aussie Mitch Pugh stroked 116 as Torquay totted up 237 all out.

Pugh was last man out to Jack Popham having batted the entire 182 minutes.

North Devon were never really allowed to get going in reply with Ryan Stevenson (3-12) ripping out the front three and Max Waller slowing down the middle order.

Quintin Dryer's 44 was as good as it got for North Devon, whose last four wickets went for 23 runs as Sach Galhenage (3-31) spun out the tail.

North Devon were 120 for seven when Thompson stumped Allin off Galhenage and the outcome of the game was no longer in question.

Huxtable said losing the toss didn't help, neither did some slipshod bowling.

"It was most definitely a bat-first wicket, so losing the toss was important," said Huxtable.

"We bowled two sides of the wicket from the start which made it impossible to set fields.

"Great spells of bowling from Matt Dart and Callum French in the middle got us back in the game."

Chasing more than they would have liked. Huxtable wanted to keep wickets in hand early on then mount a chase.

Being 64 for five with 20 overs gone wasn't what Huxtable had in mind.

Although Allin and Dreyer fought back, a piece of bad luck cut the comeback short.

"Quintin batted with real aggression and took it to the bowlers from ball one," said Huxtable.

"He was very unlucky to be run-out backing up. Had he and Tom gone on we would have got a lot closer.

"Our lower order had pressure to score from the first ball they faced."