NORTH DEVON mixed up their batting order for the final match of the season but still set a new Francis Clark Devon League Premier Division record.
The Instow side racked up 373 on their way to an 80-run win at Torquay today.
That beat the previous best of 369, set by Plymouth earlier this season.
Matt Dart, the North Devon captain, is more used to batting at No 11 but he opened today, and opener Barney Huxtable went in at No 9.
Both were dismissed for ducks as North Devon’s mammoth total was based on centuries by Craig Overton and Dan Bowser, who put on 196 for the fourth wicket.
Overton made 154 off 114 balls, with 16 fours and five sixes, while Bowser scored 105 from 84 balls, hitting 15 fours and two sixes.
All-rounder Glenn Querl opened with Dart and fared better – scoring 74 off 67 balls.
North Devon were all out for 373 with two balls remaining of their 50 overs.
They then bowled out Torquay for 293 in the 46th over with Rob Ayre and Dart taking three wickets each.
Plymouth set the previous highest total on June 1 when they scored 369 for eight to beat Budleigh Salterton who had themselves set a new best when they posted 368 for three.
The previous record was Exmouth’s 340 for four against Exeter in 2004.