NORTH Devon batted Paignton out of the game in their Premier Division game at Queens Park to claim a winning draw. North Devon rattled along to 274 for eight in 50 overs - Stuart Rhodes hitting as top score of 82 then held Paignton to 212 for seven in
NORTH Devon batted Paignton out of the game in their Premier Division game at Queens Park to claim a winning draw.North Devon rattled along to 274 for eight in 50 overs - Stuart Rhodes hitting as top score of 82 - then held Paignton to 212 for seven in reply. Only Tim Ward missed out with the bat completely for Paignton - he came and went for two while becoming one of Rob Gear's four victims - but no one made a half-century either.One big score like Rhodes' would have done the trick for Paignton. Instead they slipped further and further behind the clock.The asking rate was between nine and 10 over with 15 overs to go and that was the end of Paignton's chances. North Devon made a 70-run start thanks to Dan Bowser (40) and Neil Bettis (38). Getting Bettis out was a mixed blessing for Paignton as Rhodes came in to lash the bowling.Rhodes made 82 off 74 balls and with Bowser then Mike Hedden (37) for company pushed the score along to 210 for three.James Hudson (2-78) collected Rhodes then Hedden in the space of 10 runs thanks to a brace of stumpings from Paignton captain Justin Mann.Martin Gear's tip-and-run approach allowed him top make a brisk 39 as North Devon kept going right to the end. Richard Cooper (21) and Seb Benton (45) pointed Paignton towards the first 65, only to fall in quick succession once the spinners came on.Matt Dart bowled Cooper then Rob Gear followed up with Benton.There followed a series of modest stands involving Kobus Pienaar (46) and Hudson (22) as Paignton ambled to 142 for four.Gear and Bowser, another spinner, took four Paignton wickets for eight runs and at 145 for six it was the end of the line for the home side.Simon Edwards (44no) batted out time, aided by Mann (14).North Devon are at home to Premier Division leaders Sidmouth this Saturday.