Somerset stars among four professionals in ND XI.

NORTH Devon skipper Matt Dart said he had no qualms about fielding four pro cricketers and South African U19 star in the eight-wicket win over Exeter.

Club pro Glenn Querl (Matabeleland Tuskers) and Warwickshire staffer Tom Allin were joined in the side by South African U19 batsman Jason Smith and the Overton twins, who are both on contracts with Somerset.

Paul Heard, who had played for Devon Lions the previous Sunday against Worcestershire at Wolverhampton, was dropped to the 2nd XI to make room one of the twins.

Querl, Jamie Overton and Allin had two wickets each as Exeter were bowled out for 182 - Rob Holman (58) and Tom Viljoen (35) making the only scores of note.

North Devon opened up with a stand of 87 between Barney Huxtable (34) and Smith (92).

Smith and Craig Overton (33no) nudge the chase up to 162 for two, then Querl (20no) finished it off in 14 balls.

Smith hit 12 fours and put Adam Gribble on the beach twice for sixes in his 82-ball stay

North Devon have now won seven on the trot and are up to joint fourth in the table.

Dart accepted the strength of his team against Exeter would be a talking point among rival clubs, but added he could live with it.

"It was probably the strongest side we could put out," said Dart.

"We had no idea until Friday night that Craig or Jamie could play, but they have been members of the club since they were toddlers and Somerset wanted them to have a game.

"It would have been wrong for us to say 'no' under those circumstances.

"Having Jason, Tom and Glenn gave us five first class cricketers. It is slightly unfair on opposing sides, but it is not going to happen that often.

"We did not expect to see Jamie at all this season as it seemed Somerset had him in mind. Craig was playing as part of his comeback from injury."

HEATHCOAT'S strength in depth proved too much for relegation worriers Hatherleigh as they eased to a 121-run win at Holsworthy Road.

Heathcoat didn't look much like a side at the top of the table as they slipped to 157 for nine with only Tom Frankpitt (41) making much headway.

Hatherleigh's bowlers had the brake on with Rob Fisheleigh (3-13) and Nick Rogers (2-37) particularly hard to get away.

A ninth-wicket stand of 60 between Jamie Drew (19) and Dylan Penberthy (59no) got Heathcoat past 200. A generous portion of 47 extras also helped.

Matt Hague marked his 1st XI elevation by taking all the Hathereigh wickets to fall in a running total of 10 for three.

Jack Menheneott had four for 13 as Heathcoat skittled Hatherleigh for 86. Only Charlie Neilson and Danny Forrester with a pair of 19 resisted long.

Hatherleigh are eight points clear of the relegation zone and the challenge for skipper Mark Lake is to stay there.

"Our next three games are Paignton (3rd), Sandford (2nd) and Barton (5th) - none of which are going to be easy..

"It is going to come down to the last three games of the season for us - Abbots (7th), Plymstock (9th) and Braunton (10th) - as they are the games we need to win.

"Against the top sides we need to pick up points where we can."

BRAUNTON'S problems in the A Division basement worsened when they lost by eight wickets at Brixham.

Braunton slumped from 20 for none to 32 for five and were all out for 93 in the 36th over. Alex Hodges made 19. No one got any more. The best stand of the innings was one of 22 for the last wicket between Hodges and Mike Cashmore.

There were three wickets each for Craig Eaves, Lee Upham and Joe Hyde.

Brixham only needed 22 overs to knock off the runs, seeing off the threat from Alfie Huxtable (2-28) first.

Hyde (21) and George Northcott (19) were the men out at 31 and 50, leaving Andrew Lewin (19no) and Kyke Schoeder (29no) to deal with the rest.

Braunton are 29 points adrift of safety in the division going into this Saturday's must-win encounter with Plymstock directly above them.

BARNSTAPLE chased to the end at Stoke Gabriel but were unable to avoid a 16-run defeat despite a century from Lee Cole.

Ian Coulton (42) and Jack Tolley (60) put on 120 for Stoke's second wicket towards a final tally of 256 for seven.

There were plenty of chip-ins down the order from Josh Dowling (29), Kris Davis (37) and Simon Phillips (23). Phillips, who was Stoke's overseas player in 2011, helped out while over here on holiday.

Barnstaple, one of the teams Stoke have moved in front of, took the chase all the way with Cole hitting 102 to keep them in it.

Tom Popham (75) and Cole put on 132 for the fourth wicket, but Stoke managed to keep the visitors behind the clock.

It came down to 35 to win from the last two overs - and it got interesting when James Thomas hit the first to balls for sixes!

Thomas holed out and with Nick Sandbrook (4-49) keeping the last over tidy B&P were dismissed for 240.

Barnstaple host Thorverton on Saturday.

BIDEFORD bounced back from their defeat by Ipplepen with a 124-run win over Plymouth CS&R.

The C Division leaders rattled along to 235 for nine in 45 overs with Dan Barratt (37) and James Ford getting off to a 91-run start.

Jordi Gilmore had a rare failure - in and out for one - but with Al Savage (47) and Ben Brend (21) chipping in a suitable total was posted.

Mike Trevorrow with four for 50 was the pick of the Civil bowlers.

Civil were all out for 111 in reply - no one making more than opener Brian Gaylard with 29.

The last five wickets went for just 21 runs as Josh King (4-22) and Matt Stewart (2-21) mopped up the victims missed by Josh Atkinson (2-28) and Fred King (2-30).

Bideford are away to Kingsbridge this Saturday afternoon.

FILLEIGH won on the chase against Uplyme & Lyme Regis, knocking off 190 to win with three overs to spare.

Dick Whittington and Mark Batey made 53 each for Uplyme in a total of 189 all out. There were four wickets for James Hill and two more for Ryan Bowden.

Simon Prideaux (37) and James Popplewell (24) were the leading batsmen for Filleigh, who were helped by a generous helping of 44 extras.

Filleigh are back at home this Saturday afternoon for the visit of Seaton.