PAIGNTON won’t want any slip-ups that could cost them promotion when they welcome Chudleigh to Queens Park this Saturday.
Leaders Bradninch are over the horizon as far as promotion is concerned, but second place is a straight fight now between Paignton (222pts) and Budleigh Salterton (218).
Lewdown in fourth can only catch up if they play and win on the next two Saturdays and the two teams above them are rained off.
The last Saturday of the season throws up a likely winner-takes-all clash between Budleigh and Paignton at Ottermouth.
That could change this Saturday if Budleigh lose at Hatherleigh and Paignton win against Chudleigh to go 20 points or more clear. That’s promotion: job done.
If Paignton lose and Budleigh go second by winning, it’s going to be a real edge-of-the-deckchair affair in the last round of games.
Paignton were rained off against Lewdown last time out, but only after they had secured all five bowling bonus points by dismissing the Moorlanders for 163.
Lewdown were 130 for three with runs coming from Johannes Wessels (28), Harry Geering (32) and Leon Horn (18).
When Geering was lbw to Dan Wolf (4-12) a stand of 76 with Billy Searle was broken.
Wickets tumbled in a hurry after that as Wolf and Kevin Hinton (2-18) scythed through the middle and lower order.
The last five wickets went for 12 runs in 17 balls – Searle lastly caught behind off Hinton.
Paignton were 11 for two in the third over when rain stopped play – Connor Bryan and Harry Ward the men out.
Opener Peter Taylor was unbeaten on 20.