It was a double celebration for Westleigh Cricket Club on Sunday as they marked their return to action in the North Devon Cricket League.

Will Speed in action for Westleigh against Bratton Fleming. Picture: Matt SmartWill Speed in action for Westleigh against Bratton Fleming. Picture: Matt Smart

After winning Division Two in 2018, the club are back in Division One for the first time in 14 years.

The milestone fixture was also the first for the club's new pavilion, which stands in the place of the building that was burned to the ground in 2017.

The club vowed to rebuild after the arson attack, and after spending the 2018 season with temporary arrangements, they've done just that with a new building complete with extra security measures.

On the pitch, Westleigh got up and running with a 68-run win in a low-scoring match against Bratton Fleming.

James Starkey in action for Westleigh against Bratton Fleming. Picture: Matt SmartJames Starkey in action for Westleigh against Bratton Fleming. Picture: Matt Smart

Scoring was slow going on the wet outfield - only six boundaries were scored over the course of the match - and Westleigh were bowled out for 92.

Captain Will Speed made 23, and Selwyn Fisher chipped in with 17. The hosts took 24 in extras too.

James Thomas caused problems early on, taking three wickets for 23 runs. Neil Ayre (4-11) worked the lower order, and Adam Drew took a couple at either end of the innings.

Westleigh replied with the ball, skittling out Bratton Fleming for 24.

James Thomas bowling for Bratton Fleming. Picture: Matt SmartJames Thomas bowling for Bratton Fleming. Picture: Matt Smart

James Starkey (5-13) and Richard Pearson (3-10) did the damage with the ball, and Steff James and Robert Mills both took a wicket each without letting any runs go.

Steve Ayre's eight runs and 10 in the extras column was as good as it got for the visitors.

In Division Two, Barnstaple and Pilton beat Exford by 29 runs in a reduced-overs game affected by the weather.

Barnstaple and Pilton reached 176 for three from 30 overs.

Opener George McEndoo top-scored with 64, and shared a 96-run partnership with Jack Moore, who made 62 before being caught lbw by John Clegg with the last ball of the innings.

Paul Jones and William Lock took the other wickets.

Exford made it to 147 for nine from their 30 overs, with opener Archie Marsh scoring 70.

Tom Popham finished with four wickets for 15 runs from his six overs, and Jamie Sutton took three for 17 from his.