PLYMPTON wrapped up a seven-wicket win over Barton in double-quick time after skittling them out for 99.
Barton lost opener Alex Hunt in the first over to Imran Ali Pasha, who took three balls to shatter his stumps.
Andy Hele and Mark Gilmour went in the space of three balls in the next over to Jamie Lee – and Barton still hadn’t scored a run at that stage.
And when Lee had Shaun Needham caught at slip by Andy Walter for 14, Barton were reeling at 19 for four.
Lee and Imran kept the pressure on as Barton crumbled to 31 for six. Scott Baldry hung around to make 24 – Matt Gregory got him out – and Jaryd Seiffert dug in for 26.
Barton’s best stand was one of 36 for the last wicket between Seiffert and Stuart Bowker, who finished on 18 not out.
Imran took four Barton wickets for 38 runs bowling unchanged. Star of the show for Plympton with five for 18 was Lee.
Plympton didn’t get off to the best of starts – openers Walter and David Ackford were back in the pavilion for 11 on the board – but that was as good as it got for Barton.
David Wrench (27no) and Harry Kandampully (40) put on 73 for the third wicket and that was almost game over.
Skipper Dan Robotham was in at the end on 12 not out.
It was a win Plympton badly needed after slipping into the bottom two. Victory lifts them three points clear of the drop zone as Chudleigh and Hatherleigh have slipped behind them.
Former captain Hele said Barton knew what was coming from Imran, but semed unable to deal with him.
“We decided to bat, as the wicket looked dry and would get worse second innings, but the bottom line was we didn't cope well with their opening attack,” said Hele.
“We knew what we would get in terms of pace from Imran Ali Pasha, but he also swung it miles.
“Jamie Lee bowled brilliantly and it was Scott Baldry, Jared Seiffert and Stuart Bowker who gave us crucial runs and at least a hint of a chance after we had been none for 3 and then 36 for seven.
“Mark Gilmore, Tom Porter and Stuart Bower all bowled well, but we were at least 50 short of a total.
“We need to learn from it and put that into practice against Chudleigh this Saturday.”