PLYMPTON put their opening day setback at Bideford behind them with a convincing eight-wicket victory over Brixham.

Brixham were limited to 177 for seven in their 50 overs and had opener Tom Hopper to thank for getting that far.

Hopper (50) put on 74 with Tim Robinson (32), and 40 more with new overseas pro Abdul Muzammil (22).

Once Hopper fell to Lee Ahmed (2-21), only former Devon batsman Andy Pugh (25) made significant headway.

Opener Andy Walter anchored the Plympton run chase with a carefully crafted 71 not out off 110 balls

Walter and David Ackford (57) wiped off 138 for the first wicket. Christian Bunney and David Wrench played minor roles in the run chase.

Off-spinner Connor Ashworth (2-34) took both wickets to fall.

Winning captain Craig Donohue said: “ I think we were very clinical with the bat and didn't ever give Brixham an opening.

“Andy Walter and Dave Ackford both batted brilliantly. They broke the back of the chase and we managed to get over the line.

“All the bowlers bowled well, after the opening 5-10 overs it was obvious pace off the ball was needed and the guys did great.

“Lee on debut bowled with real control and change of pace.

“The downside was a couple of dropped catches, but nothing to be concerned with.”

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