NORTH DEVON were beaten for the first time in the Stay indevon.co.uk North Devon League but remain in front as the title race reaches the home straight.
A win at Newton Tracey on Sunday will see the Instow side retain the Division One title.
Even if they lose, North Devon will be champions if they score at least five points or second-placed Bideford fail to beat Halberton at Westward Ho!
After winning all nine of their completed matches, North Devon were finally halted by a 38-run defeat at Sandford on Sunday.
After making 243 all out, in which Tim Cooke took four wickets and Dan Bowser three, Sandford bowled out North Devon for 205. Bowser top scored with 58.
Bideford stayed in contention with a century stand between Matt Allin and Ian Hayter helping them to a three-wicket win against Newton Tracey.
After Simon Gear (65) and Martin Gear (54) scored half centuries in Newton Tracey's 237, Bideford were in trouble at 72 for five. But Allin (88) and Hayter (72) put on 130 for the sixth wicket and Jordi Gilmore finished off the chase with a quick 28 not out.
Heathcoat snatched the Division Two title from Holsworthy – beating them by eight wickets in the final match.
Chasing 196, Heathcoat were seen home by an unbroken stand of 157 between Mitch Baker (82no) and Justin Williams (57no).
Rob Ayre's 69 kept North Molton in control at the top of Division Four with a narrow win over Petrockstowe who were bowled out for 159 to lose by seven runs despite a scintillating 52 by Ian Cockwill.
Unbeaten Westleigh wrapped up the Division Five title with a big win over Nomansland, in which Alec Hodges hit 65.