North Devon could have been in trouble has they lost to Bovey Tracey so a 35-run win was more than welcome.

Josh King is stumped by Sean Dalliston in North Devon's game against Bovey Tracey. Picture: Matt SmartJosh King is stumped by Sean Dalliston in North Devon's game against Bovey Tracey. Picture: Matt Smart

Opener Dan Bowser carried his bat for 113 in North Devon’s 50-over total of 212 for six.

Bowser – 14 fours, two sixes – put on 65 with Ben Howe (34) for the second wicket and 69 for the sixth with Steffan James (25).

Abraham Kopparambil (23) and Min Jalill (46) got Bovey up to 167 for six.

Spinner Jack Hockin then took four for 41 as Bovey collapsed to 177 all out. Pete Bradley (54) was among the four wickets to fall for 10 runs scored.

Tom Popham was bowled out after two balls in North Devon's game against Bovey Tracey. Picture: Matt SmartTom Popham was bowled out after two balls in North Devon's game against Bovey Tracey. Picture: Matt Smart

North Devon lost five on the trot before running into Bovey Tracey and could have gone down instead of Bradninch had they lost heavily.

Matt Westaway, the North Devon captain, said when the pressure was on two players came up with the goods.

“When you need to put in a performance you always look for players to put their hand up,” said Westaway.

“Dan Bowser and Jack Hockin certainly did that.

Dan Bowser struck an unbeaten 113 for North Devon against Bovey Tracey. Picture: Matt SmartDan Bowser struck an unbeaten 113 for North Devon against Bovey Tracey. Picture: Matt Smart

“Dan’s match winning knock was truly top drawer. He showed all his class and the way he assessed the wicket was excellent.

“In the field we always felt just in front but Bovey have some very dangerous players and it was crucial to keep the pressure on.

“All the bowlers bowled tight but it was Jack who put in the outstanding performance bowling with great control and his four wickets were crucial.”

Looking back on the campaign, Westaway said: “With the talent North Devon has in its ranks the assessment has to be the side under achieved,

Josh King bats for North Devon against Bovey Tracey. Picture: Matt SmartJosh King bats for North Devon against Bovey Tracey. Picture: Matt Smart

“It was important we remained in the Premier Division so the lads can go again next year.”

Dan Bowser struck an unbeaten 113 for North Devon against Bovey Tracey. Picture: Matt SmartDan Bowser struck an unbeaten 113 for North Devon against Bovey Tracey. Picture: Matt Smart