NORTH Devon have gone joint top with Sidmouth in the Premier Division despite missing out on an outright win in the game against Exeter at Instow. Sidmouth were out on their own at the top, but lost to Budeigh Salterton which allowed North Devon to wipe o

NORTH Devon have gone joint top with Sidmouth in the Premier Division despite missing out on an outright win in the game against Exeter at Instow.

Sidmouth were out on their own at the top, but lost to Budeigh Salterton which allowed North Devon to wipe out the gap between the sides.

Batsmen on both sides boosted their averages as more than 560 runs were scored for the loss of only seven wickets.

North Devon topped the 300 mark for the second time in three weeks as they hit 307 for three declared in 45 overs.

Neil Bettis (45) and Rob Gear posted 79 for the first wicket, Gear and Matt Nobes (49) put on 65 for the second, Nobes and Dan Bower (74no) added 132 for the third and Jas Kalsi (22no) was in at the end with Bowser.

Exeter lost their first two wickets, James Parkin and Graham White, with less than 20 on the board.

By the time Matt Westaway removed Tyrone Kent for 68, the score was 152 for three and Exeter on course for a draw.

Street cracked on to reach 95, only to perish with a maiden Premier ton in his sights: caught on the boundary having a got at Gear.

Mike Wilkinson (35no) and Will Warne (31no) took it nice and easy to a draw at 258 for four.