STEVE George marked his return to Paignton with a three-wicket haul as Chudleigh were dispatched in a low-scoring affair.
George went to Brixham during the close season, but has left the Premier Division strugglers for a Queens Park returned.
With Paignton now up to second in the table, George could be back in the top flight next season.
Chudleigh’s patchy batting imploded for the second week running as they were hustled out for 88 in the 30th over.
Opener Mark Solway was run out in the third over – he chanced his arm against Noah Wright’s and lost – but at 42 for one in the 11th there seemed nothing amiss.
Three wickets fell for six runs added – two to George, one for Rob Shergold – but the real collapse was yet to come.
Corey Sinclair’s dismissal by George prompted a tumble from 64 for four to 79 for nine.
What George (3-21) had started was finished off by skipper Chris Kelmere (3-15) and Connor Ashworth (2-8).
Paignton were delayed briefly by Ben Holmes and Hugh Stronge before Ashworth finished things off.
Chasing low totals can be tricky, which must have crossed Kelmere’s mind when he went out to bat against one of his father’s former clubs with the board reading 54 for five.
Matt Ball (3-22) had done his bit to bowl Chudleigh back into the game – and had someone removed Wright it could have been even trickier.
Wright (29no) and Kelmere (16) got the target down to four to win, which Harry Ward got by smacking Holmes for four.
Defeat drops Chudleigh into the bottom two as Hatherleigh and Plympton both won to go past them.