THINGS can only get better for North Devon after they were routed by 145 runs at Plympton. Plympton were all out for 218 in the last of their 50 overs - opener Andy Walter top scoring on 77. Lewis Gregory softened North Devon up by taking five of the wick

THINGS can only get better for North Devon after they were routed by 145 runs at Plympton.Plympton were all out for 218 in the last of their 50 overs - opener Andy Walter top scoring on 77.Lewis Gregory softened North Devon up by taking five of the wickets to fall as they slumped to 30 for seven in reply.Despite the best efforts of North Devon skipper Rob Ayre to bat for a draw, the visitors were all out for 73.Plympton's middle order let them down as Jason Hayes (6-44) and Matt Dart (2-50) spun through them.The rot stopped at 182 for six when Keith Donohue took control. He was last out for 24.North Devon were soon in trouble at three for three with Gregory taking two lbws and clean bowling Jas Kalsi.Martin Gear (16) and Ayre (23no) halted the slide for a while, but when Gear was superbly caught at slip by a diving David Wrench the writing was on the wall for the visitors.Only Hayes (14) put up much resistance alongside his captain as North Devon were skittled out.North Devon will be looking for an all-round improvement when they entertain SandfordMeanwhile, there is one-day county cricket at Instow on Sunday (11am) when Devon play Berkshire in the Minor Counties KO Cup.Berkshire will be gunning for revenge as the last time the two sides met was in the Lord's final of the same competition last year, which Devon won by 40 runs.The qualifying rounds of the competition are played on a round-robin basis with the top two counties in the group going forward to the quarter-finals.Devon need to bounce back from their seven-wicket defeat away to Herefordshire last Sunday to stay in contention for a qualifying place.l NORTH Devon 2nd XI had to abandon the chase against Plympton after losing their way chasing 166 to win.Tim Cooke (4-28) led the North Devon bowling effort, aided by young seamer Paul Heard (2-12) and Max Curtis (2-52).Warren Miller (58) and Bob Heaman (31) appeared to be moving North Devon in the right direction until wickets started to tumble.Paul Elsey (4-24) and Alex Carr (2-21) reduced North Devon to 139 for nine, leaving Josh Coles and Colin Payne to block out the final two balls of the game to earn a draw.l BIDEFORD'S James Ford hit an unbeaten 151 in a high-scoring draw at Bideford.Ford and Matt Allin (59) showed there were plenty of runs in the pitch by putting on 171 in the first 35 overs.Plymstock, chasing 262 to win, were going nowhere at 114 for five when Dom Wood came out to join Orchard after Pocock had departed for 27.A stand of 112 for the sixth wicket got Plympton up to a respectable 226 for five in reply. Dave Orchard was unbeaten on 102.