North Devon maintained their winning start to the Tolchard’s Devon League Premier - but not without a scare.

North Devon were given a scare at Brixham before emerging four-wicket winners to preserve their unbeaten start to the Tolchard's Devon League Premier season.

The signs didn't look good for Brixham after they slumped from 101 for two to 116 all out – Max Curtis taking five for 17 having ditched leg-spin for medium pace at the request of his skipper.

North Devon captain Barney Huxtable said: “We have been one seamer light so Max had been working on his seamers.

“Max was given an opportunity to bowl and took it.

“He genuinely bowled well, beating the edge many times.”

North Devon then nosedived to 65 for five in reply – Corné Dry (2-27) and Stephen George (3-29) doing the damage – and at that point it was game on.

Opener Tom Ansell was still there, though, and his stand of 46 with Ed Yeo (29) stopped the rot.

When Yeo got out to George, the target was down to six to win and the game over as a contest.

“On a bowler-friendly wicket, 115 was actually a pretty decent score,” said Huxtable.

“Brixham bowled well at the start and we had a little wobble but Tom Ansell ground out a match-winning innings showing great character and grit.

“Ed Yeo played a very important role, coming in at a hard time.”

Brixham's batting performed a disappearing act after a promising start.

Tim Robinson (15) and Jake Lawrence (24) put on 34 for openers, then Pugh and Dry (20) moved things on to 101 for four. Seven wickets went for 15 runs as the rot set it.

North Devon are back at home this Saturday where they will face Heathcoat.