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Exmouth come unstuck

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Exmouth's time as joint leaders in the Premier Division only lasted a week as they came unstuck at North Devon by 62 runs.

Dan Bowser and Glenn Querl both hit centuries as North Devon piled up 285 for seven.

North Devon Glenn Querl

Querl made Exmouth suffer

Bowser made 101 and Querl exactly a hundred in a stand of 211 for the third wicket.

Amid all the batting carnage going on, it would have been easy to overlook Trevor Anning's 5-26 haul for Exmouth.

Exmouth set off in hot pursuit with openers Barney Huxtable (67) and Max Curtis (65) hoisting 107 for the first wicket.

At 160 for one with 14 overs to go Exmouth were starting to get behind the clock and losing Curtis then David Lye (34) in quick succession didn't help.

Rob Gear (1-27) slowed the rate, Bowser (3-43) removed Lye, Andy Buzza and Anning as Exmouth slowed to close on 223 for seven.

Bovey, who were the co-tenants of top spot going into the latest round of fixtures, pulled 10 points clear courtesy of a 48-run win over visiting Budleigh Salterton.

Skipper Peter Bradley (45) and Neil Hancock (40) were the leading run getters as Bovey got to 166 all out in the last of their 50 overs.

There were two wickets each for Gammy Amarasinghe, Matt Plowman and James Hudson.

Budleigh lost opener Bob Dawson for five, but reached 73 for two as James Burke (34) and Eliot Rice (19) settled in.

It all went wrong for Budleigh after Amarasinge was lbw to Chris Bradley (4-15) at 80 for three.

Budleigh lost six wickets for 13 runs as Bradley and Ryan Bougourd (4-24) got to work and were all out for 118.

Torquay put some distance between themselves and the drop zone when they beat Bradninch by five wickets on the Recreation Ground.

A depleted Bradninch side were bowled out for 127 with more than eight of their 50 overs to come - spinner Tom Field taking four for 26 on his Torquay debut. There were two wickets each for Aqeel Ahmed and Ben Passenger.

Matt Golding (35) and Ross Acton (38) got Bradninch up to 91 for three, but after Golding was caught off the leading edge prodding at Joe Thompson, the batting crumbled.

Torquay lost opener Matt Thompson early and Mawgan Penrice later to Golding, but with Matt Hunt in assured form on his return to the side the result was never really in doubt.

By the time Hunt got out for 62, which came off 104 balls and included six fours and two sixes, Torquay only needed four to win.

Joe Thompson took Torquay over the line with an unbeaten 20.

Torquay are now 20 points ahead of Budleigh, who occupy the second drop slot.

Sandford dropped below Torquay into third-bottom when they lost by nine wickets to cellar dwellers Heathcoat.

After Guy Bucknell (33) and skipper Chris Small (31) had been in and out, Harry McDowell made a priceless 40 not out as Heathcoat plodded to 177 for six.

Runs were hard to come by - as Sandford discovered when their chase started to go wrong.

A promising 137 for five became 154 for nine as Sandford collapsed against Jack Menheneott (2-120 and Paul Elliot (2-57). Skipper Small (2-32) took the last wicket to wrap it up.

Sidmouth signalled their intentions to give Bovey Tracey a run for their money in the title stakes with a comprehensive eight-wicket win at Plymouth.

Plymouth got to 200 for nine before their overs ran out - James Toms hitting 39 and Rob Bennett and unbeaten 33.

New skipper Chris Barr - he has taken over while Callum Whittaker has a sabbatical in the 2nd XI - was next best on 27.

Sam Anderson (70) and Matt Cooke (37) made an 83-run dent in the deficit, Anthony Griffiths joined Anderson to wipe off another 48 and was still there unbeaten on 38 when Josh Bess (48not out) hit the winning runs.