BABBACOMBE skipper Rob Redding was able to breath a huge sigh of relief after his side beat Bridestowe by 44 runs.
The Walls Hill outfit had slid down the table into the bottom three on the back of a long, losing run.
After Babbacombe made 202 for eight – Damon Calland (45) and Dean Durrant (43) leading the way – Bridestowe were bowled out for 158.
“It was a great win and much needed after five loses on the bounce,” said Redding.
“We have been competitive, but have not been able to find the win.”
Durrant (4-34) led the bowling effort for Babbacombe, aided and abetted by Calland and veteran Paul Bates with two wickets each.
TABLE-topping Dartington & Totnes wasted no time getting over their Aaron Printers Cup final defeat against Paignton by taking their frustrations out on lowly Kingsbridge.
Kingsbridge were on the sharp end as J P Snyman (56), Harry Baxendale (71) then Jono Colegate (50) all plundered runs in a total of 311 for six.
Tom Chevalier put on a really wild show of batting at the end with 32 off 15 balls to get D&T past 300.
Keeping the runs down was an issue, although Sam Rhymes (7-0-24-0) gave it a go.
Kingsbridge were all out for 93 with more than seven overs to go. Richard Carr (25) and Ed Church (23) had the only double-figure scores.
Chris Cook spun out three for 18 and there were pairs for Baxendale and Alex Hartridge.
Dartington & Totnes are 53 points clear of Plymouth 2ndXI at the top of a table with one promotion place.
STOKE Gabriel pulled away from the C West drop spots with a convincing 100-run win over Shaldon.
Skipper Jack Tolley drilled 15 fours and five sixes scoring 111 off 81 balls in Stoke’s total of 292 all out. There was a stand of 174 with Andy Kingdon (80) and another of 76 with Calum Moses (37).
Carl Woolnough’s five for 47 was a respectable return given the treatment handed out.
Plenty of Shaldon batters got in, got settled and got out without making a half-century between them. Best of the scores were Ruben Minnaar (39) and Mark Jameson (42).
Four wickets for Jake Robinson and three for Tolley had Shaldon all out for 192.
CORNWOOD 2nd XI surrendered third place to Ashburton, who defeated them by just seven runs in a high-scoring affair on the Varwell Field.
Lloyd White helped himself to 15 fours and four sixes on his way to 130 off 121 balls in Ashburton’s 45-over total of 253 for seven.
White was the dominant partner in stands of 60 with Ashley Berry (14) and 94 with Dan Coles (28). Chris Pascoe chipped in with 23 not out.
James Richardson (4-38) was the stand-out wicket taker for the Corns.
Lee Baker and Craig Harris both operated in economical four-an-over territory.
Cornwood’s chase was an up-and-down affair. They recovered from 21 for three to reach 84 for four – Harris (49) and Nathanial Bell (23) the run getters – and were 157 for six with 14 overs left and captain Ben Griffiths (85) seemingly entrenched.
Griffiths went without addition to either total and from the on it was down to the tail-enders.
Last pair Baker and Richardson crept the total up from 208 to 246 before the latter was bowled by George Marshall.
Ashburton skipper Berry said: “It was great to see Lloyd playing in the manner we know he's capable of, which set up a really good game.
“Both teams were guilty of some loose bowling, and credit to Ben (Griffiths) for taking advantage and getting that close.
“I was very proud of the guys for sticking together like that and we did not give up until it was done.”
JON Kerridge and Ethan Carlisle both thumped half-centuries in Plymouth 2nd XI’s four-wicket win over Yelverton.
T Watkins top scored for Yelverton with 61 in their total of 219 all out.
Off-spinner Dan Farnham claimed four Yelverton wickets for 41 runs.
Ollie Parsons hit 24 at the top of the Plymouth order. Kerridge (50) and Carlisle (76) did most of the rest.
Plymouth remain a distant second behind runaway leaders Dartington & Totnes. Yelverton are now 60 points adrift at the bottom of the table and fast approaching the point of no return.