BUDLEIGH Salterton 2nd XI’s seven-wicket defeat by Upottery means they are officially consigned to relegation.
Skipper Dan Messom had been resigned to the drop for while as Budleigh have been in the bottom three since the first month of the season.
Theo Northover (38) and Nick Boult (2) had the only scores of note as Budleigh were sent packing for 129.
There were two wickets each for Adrian Salter, Jack Larcombe, Ryan Pulman and the ever-youthful Gary Kennard on his promotion from the second team.
Larcombe then added an unbeaten 63 to his basket as Upottery won with 15 overs to spare.
Upottery are third in the table and involved in a fight to the finish with Sandford II and Sampford Peverell & Tiverton for the two promotion slots behind champs-elect Clyst St George.
Upottery play Sandford and SP&T on the next two Saturdays as the promotion race heats up.
CLYST St George hold a 34-point lead at the top of the D Division East thanks to a 52-run win at Feniton.
And if Harry Attwater’s side overcome Kentisbeare this Saturday, promotion will be in the bag with two games left to secure the divisional title.
Chris Ferro (77) and Dan Kendall (42) put on 89 for the second wicket after the early loss of Sam Read as Clyst headed towards 204 for six in 45 overs.
Andy Donovan (30) and Steve Bourke (20) made useful contributions.
Feniton had it all to do after sliding to 88 for five in reply and never looked like doing it.
Adrian Pullin (27) and Matt Davies (26) had the only scores of more than 20 in the Feniton reply of 152 all out.
Read (4-21) and Inder Singh (3-33) had the stand-out bowling figures for Clyst.
THREE-wicket hauls for Ben Clement (3-47) and skipper Shaun Hawkins (3-29) helped Sandford 2nd XI to a 55-run win over Honiton that keeps them second in the D East rankings.
Clyst St George, winners at Feniton, are odds on to finish top but it is a perm two from three job who goes with them.
Sandford (227pts), Upottery (222) and Sampford Peverell & Tiverton (217) are all bidding for the other two promotion places.
Hawkins helped himself to a top score of 98 in Sandford’s total of 238 for six. He put on 119 with opener Chris Blake. Brian Leach chipped in with 41.
Honiton, second from bottom and 25 points adrift of safety, looked in a good spot at 160 for five with Adam Holmes (32) still there. Luke Phillips (24), Pete Mattravers (39) and James Pickard (23) had already done their bit.
Once Clement accounted for Holmes it was downhill fast to 183 all out.
ROB Broomhead took four wickets and Paul Rendall three more in Sampford Peverell & Tiverton’s 58-run win over Chardstock.
Dad and lad Guy (72) and Will Bucknell (68) put on 136 for SP&T’s second wicket in their 45-over total of 234 for seven.
Lewis Hough (30) and Bucknell senior notched 51 more for the third wicket.
Rob Hutchings (3-31) was easily the pick of the Chardstock bowlers.
Chardstock were 106 for three with 17 overs to go and poised to make a dash for the runs. It was a different story at 121 for six four overs later and from there they subsided to 176 all out as Broomhead (4-34) and Rendall (3-34) picked off the lower order.
Hutchings (39), Nathan Copp (34) and Ed Pyman (31) were the main run scorers for Chardstock.
CLYST Hydon boosted their survival prospects in the D Division East with an 86-run win in the derby clash at Kentisbeare
Opener and captain smashed a career best 172 not out for Hydon in their total of 295 for five.
Sinthuran Thevaraj weighed in with 91 and was involved in partnership of 208 with Sutton for the first wicket.
Tom Martin’s three for 52 for Kents was a decent return on a difficult day for bowlers.
Kents were 209 for nine when time ran out. Peter Kittow (49), Harvey Sanders (23) and Andrew Chave (28) all made inroads into the deficit, but it needed one big score to do it.
Wickets were shared with three for Alex Newman and two each for Clinton Lewis and James Billington.
Clyst are still in the third relegation spot, but have moved within five points of Feniton and nine of Chardstock, both of whom are in the clear.
Hydon face Chardstock on the penultimate Saturday of the season.