OLLIE Hunt and Jay Corden turned a likely North Devon 2nd XI defeat into a thrilling win in a nail-biter at Exmouth.

North Devon were 53 for five 23 overs in chasing Exmouth’s total of 226 for seven after struggling to keep out Matt Tarry (3-45) and Nick Bolt (2-21).

Hunt made 95 not out and Corden an unbeaten 89 as the pair put on 173 unbroken for sixth wicket to snatch victory with five balls to spare.

Earlier, Exmouth’s veteran left hander Julian Page made 109 off 142 balls with 15 fours and a six. Man of the match Corden had five for 56.

l BRAUNTON fell away on the chase at Chudleigh, where they went down by 13 runs.

Ben Tuckett (87) was Chudleigh’s anchorman, sharing stands of 69 with Mark Heather (37) and again with Sean Newland (320 in a total of 202 for seven.

Braunton were 45 for none, then 54 for five in reply after Mark Lathwell was run out for a duck. Alfie Huxtable (56) and Calluum Mitchell (22) put on 53 for the sixth wicket, but the damage was done and Braunton faded to 189 all out.

l RICHARD Tidball was the man of the match for Hatherleigh in their seven-wicket win over visiting Stoke Gabriel.

Apart from a brace of 36s from Dave Boland and Paul Collings, Stoke had no answer to Tidball, whose five for 28 helped shoot them out for 131. Tidball then hit 30 and Jack Cherrington 49 on his return to the 2nd XI as the runs were knocked off.

l NORTH Devon III bagged their first win of the league season with a nine-wicket triumph at home to Axminster II.

Chris Ledbetter (35) and Dave Gadsden (17) led Axminster to 126 all out with Rob Mann (4-38) and Ray Clarke (3-22) the principle wicket takers. Jordan Hussell then hit 82no and Tom Stanton 22no at the close as North Devon sealed a comfortable victory.

Other scores

Bideford 2nd XI 79 (P Stevens 30no; J Knight 3-24), Alphington 2nd XI 80-4 (B Newcombe 26no; I Hayter 2-22). Alphington (18pts) bt Bideford (2) by 6 wkts.

Barnstaple & Pilton 2nd 125-9 (S Cole 29; S Light 5-28), Plymouth CS and Rob 2nd XI 127-8 (D Piddock 41, N Piddock 23; J Russell 4-22, S Cole 2-29). Plymouth CS and Rob (17pts) bt Barnstaple and Pilton (6) by 2 wkts.