NORTH Devon march on at the top of the Devon League Premier Division following a six-wicket win over Exmouth.

With Zimbabwean Glenn Querl taking 5-60, and Matt Westaway 3-46, Exmouth were held to 226 all out, despite half centuries from David Lye (56), Baggs (67) and Trevor Anning (53) taking them to 202-4. Wickets then tumbled in the dash for runs at the end.

Opener Rob Gear hit 96 in the North Devon reply and when he was out at 207-3 the game was long won and lost. Neil Bettis (45) and Craig Overton (37) were Gear's running mates.

North Devon are now 28 points clear of Sidmouth at the top of the table and 39 up on Exmouth in third.

They are at home to Budleigh Salterton this Saturday.

BRAUNTON captain Jon Baglow was unimpressed by Abbotskerswell's blocking tactics in the drawn A Division game at Kelsey.

Stuart Rhodes fired a top score of 67 in Braunton's total of 190-8.

Having run into early difficulties against Abbots' seamer Rob Shergold (3-46), Braunton recovered with Rhodes, Jas Kalsi (21) and Jason Heyes (41) all among the runs.

Abbots were painfully slow from the start - reaching 51-0 at half-way, with Richard Ashworth (28) the first man out at 59. Guy Harrison-Roberts (23) chipped in and Josh Dowling made 35. Abbots only started to hurry along in the last few overs when Mike Pugh played a few shots to bring up 150 and the third batting bonus point. Pugh was 35 not out in the final total of 155-5.

Braunton's season takes them to Alphington this Saturday.

BARNSTAPLE were on the receiving end as B Division leaders Plymstock administered a 110-run hiding at Taw Meadow.

Plymstock opener Dom Wood (96) had a ton in sight when he was bowled, having shared a stand of 130 for the second wicket with Dave Orchard. There were two wickets each for Jack Popham and Brady Saunders.

Among the more unusual dismissals was the fate of Plymstock's Jack Hocken, who was given out for obstruction in the field after kicking away a Barnstaple throw.

B&P were never really in it and without 26 extras would have been all out for under a hundred. Morgan Parkinson (4-25) and Jack Thomas (3-36) did most of the damage as B&P subsided from 56-6 to 107 all out. Popham (23) and George McEndoo (18) made the only scores of note.

Barnstaple are away to Chudleigh this Saturday.

HATHERLEIGH moved three places up the C Division table to fifth on the strength of a four-wicket win over Bideford in the North Devon derby at Westward Ho!

Bideford were bowled out for 115 by super veteran Nick Rogers (3-32) and Mark Lake (5-31). Only James Ford (31) and Mike Young (27) did much with the bat.

Hatherleigh were pointed in the right direction by Mark Jones (46) and Hugh Romans (35). Although they lost three wickets in the 90s, Rhys Davies and Richard Tidball saw Hatherleigh home.

Hatherleigh entertain Cockington this Saturday while Bideford make the long trek to Kingsbridge.

FILLEIGH are the new leaders of the E Division after a maximum points haul at home to

Tiverton and Bickleigh, while morning leaders Upottery slipped to a first defeat of the season at Kenn.

Gary Henry (5-39) and John Hickman (3-10) combined to hustle the Mid Devon men out for just 72, with only Dan Marshall (22) and extras (25) making any significant contributions to the cause. Mark Prideaux (26no) and Godfrey Tucker (25no) led the hosts to an eight-wicket success with a full 36 overs of the contest remaining!

It's top against bottom on Saturday as Filleigh go to Woodbury.