EXETER did their talking where it mattered in a six-wicket win over Paignton on the County Ground.
Paignton, who weren’t short of a comment throughout the game, were bowled out for 162 in the 40th of their 50 overs – Dan Wolf top scoring on 47.
Veteran seamer Jon Tipper topped the bowling stats with four for 29. Harry Conway spun his way to three for 39.
Exeter lost opener Alex Barrow cheaply, but skipper Miles Lenygon took responsibility for getting the chase going.
Half-centuries from Lenygon and Sean Morris steered Exeter to victory with more than 11 overs to spare.
Victory moved Exeter up to sixth in the table, ahead of Paignton.
Skipper Lenygon said it was a good win for a side below full strength.
“We bowled and fielded well, but their batting other than Wolf, who is clearly a good cricketer seemed weak,” said Lenygon.
“Despite missing four of our usual top six, the guys coming in did a great job and we chased it down with ease.”
Wolf went in at 48 for three – Noah Wright (28) had ben and gone by then - and kept going until he was eighth out at 154. Along the way there was a stand of 41 with Rob Shergold.
Richard Ashworth, the Paignton captain, had no complaints about the outcome.
“We didn't score enough runs batting first.
“It was a bit disappointing we didn't bat out our overs on a decent wicket.
“A bit more luck in the field and it might have made it a closer game, but they played the better cricket on the day.”