NORTH Devon 2nd XI were under the cosh at Budleigh Salterton, but deservedly hung on for a losing draw. Lloyd Murrin, back from first team duty, slammed 56 off 19 balls as Budleigh raised 254 for nine. Ian Taylor (47) and Neil Murrin (35) had already put

NORTH Devon 2nd XI were under the cosh at Budleigh Salterton, but deservedly hung on for a losing draw.Lloyd Murrin, back from first team duty, slammed 56 off 19 balls as Budleigh raised 254 for nine.Ian Taylor (47) and Neil Murrin (35) had already put on 65 for the third wicket when Murrin junior started slamming it about.James Starkey had four for 44 and Craig Overton two for 24.Lowly North Devon dipped to 120 for six in reply as Taylor (3-51) and Jamie Burton (2-43) spun them out.The rot stopped with James Overton (76) and Richard Kelly (35no), whose stand of 81 helped North Devon recover to 207 for seven.North Devon have a crunch relegation battle with South Devon at Instow this Saturday. The losing side will be favourites to fill the lone drop spot in the Premier 2nd XI this season.l CLYST St George eased up to third place in the B Division 2nd XI table,, leapfrogging Barnstaple along the way, on the strength of a 104-run win over Bideford.Clyst veteran Paul Laverick rolled back the years with a fine 49 and Allan Welsh chipped in with 40 as Clyst totted up 205 all out. Oz Besley had 27.Ian Hayter (3-42) was pipped by Darren Wilcocks (4-45) in the Bideford bowling parade.Bideford were skittled out for 101 by Doug Wibberley (6-46) and Nigel Hardy (4-46). Best of a sorry set of scores for Bideford were Josh King (33no) and Hayter (19).Bideford entertain Chudleigh this Saturday.l BARNSTAPLE had the best of a drawn game with visiting Plymouth Civil Service after putting 187 for five on the board.Dan Brierley (41) was aided an abetted by Dave Loder (32) and Danny Donovan (39) when Barum batted.Civil found themselves pinned down by Steve Moore (3-19), who was unable to travel with the 1st XI to Plymouth.Nathan Piddock (38) and Alan Smith (53) were Civil's prime run getters in a reply of 155 for six.Barnstaple make the relatively short trip to Tavistock this Saturday.OTHER SCORESAxminster III 172-8 (M Wynn 53no, C Leadbetter 42; C Brigden 6-22), Braunton 68 (J Spicer 18no; T Maxwell 6-23, D Hayball 3-20), Axminster III (18pts) bt Braunton (4) by 104 runs.Axminster 301-5 dec (M Wakeley 104, A Guppy 52, S Wakeley 39, P Hayball 23, R Walker 25; S Miles 2-57, J Stacey 2-84), Hatherleigh 305-5 (P Holland 43, R Chapman 64, M Cooper 74, D Payne 68no; P Spong 2-50). Hatherleigh (17pts) bt Axminster (7).Ipplepen 120 (S Bowden 23, J Heath 20, extras 19; R Fishleigh 3-29, M Lake 3-33, S Gillespie 2-29), Hatherleigh 122-5 (S Forrester 45, G Bryant 25; S Bowden 3-25). Hatherleigh (18pts) bt Ipplepen (3) by 5 wkts.