The Instow side played their final home game of the season in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League against Cornwood.

North Devon skipper Barney Huxtable will be looking to sign off his tenure with a win when his side visit Exmouth on Saturday.

Huxtable has done two seasons as captain and found the experience a challenging one.

He made his mind up to call it a day a while ago – and has been sharing the captaincy around in the second half of the season.

There has not been a queue of candidates eager to take over.

Huxtable was in charge last Saturday when Cornwood were defeated by 64 runs at Instow.

South African Kyle Verreynne top scored with 119 not out in North Devon’s hefty total of 286 for four.

Cornwood’s Jackson Thompson made 71 off 64 balls as the visitors set about the chase, but after he was third out at 118, keeping up with the asking rate became an issue.

Spinners Stef James (4-55) and Dan Bowser (4-32) turned the screw as Cornwood dipped to 222 all out.

Bowser (55) and Tom Ansell (22) got North Devon off to a 55-run start.

Ansell and Max Curtis both fell to Andy Bees (2-43), which brought Verreynne in at 79 for two.

The backbone of the innings was a stand of 179 for the fourth wicket between home skipper Huxtable – 64 off 71 balls – and Verreynne.

Verreynne only faced 97 balls for his 119 and hit 15 boundaries.

Matt Butterworth (38) and Thompson got Cornwood going, only for three wickets to go getting from 105 to 118.

Matt Skeemer 9320 and Steve Lambert (37) kept the chase going by putting on 46. Only after Skeemer fell to Jack Gibbs did the Corns start to decline.

The last five wickets went for just 16 runs as Cornwood crumbled.