Report by Harry Everett.

All games went ahead except in Plymouth who could not get a grass wicket prepared for their match with Paignton, they are hoping to rearrange that one in Division One. The odd number of teams in the league meaning three sides have not played, North Devon being the third.

The first Div One feature match comes from Plympton:

Georgia Read (52) was the star of the show for Exeter CC, keeping wicket, captaining and dominating a 128-run opening partnership with Elle Golsworthy who also reached 50 and got out promptly after.

Fresh off her experience of playing on the hallowed turf of the Cooper Associates County Ground last summer, with commentary and livestream to boot, Ellie Bishop bowled both openers having opened the bowling with her Sandford thirds' partner-in-crime Jemima Vereker.

Some of the most exciting female talents in the county doing battle early in April was a great sight as Exeter posted 170-3 from their rain-reduced 30 overs.

Another Clyst St George product is Katie Donovan, her and Georgia played alongside the boys at Exeter School together and she opened up with 2-10. Eva Lewis' 4-18 the star though as Plympton finished on just 125-9 despite Bishop's 33.

DWCL, DACO rep Sharon Grigg and safeguarding supremo cricket badger, Emma Gibson, were the first fully female umpiring team in Division One (having done so together at Bovey in Div 2 last season).

Former Cornwood player Emma Gibson admittedly only turned to umpiring as she cannot play anymore, but commented:

"It was a pleasure to umpire, the teams had a lot of respect for each other. Quality play too! Great to play a small part in it."

Hatherleigh also had a great game on an understandably interesting April pitch.

A tentative first game for the women on Sunday at Cornwood. A low-scoring first innings having won the toss and opted to bat meant that Hatherleigh had to try and play to their bowling and fielding strengths.

Kat Frost and Megan Hayward it was who both took three-fers for Cornwood as no Hatherleigh bat reached 20.

Hatherleigh's bowling was tight and fielding was on point, but not quite enough as a patient innings from Gemma Lancaster, the Cornwood captain, with 44* meant that after 27.2 overs Cornwood had only lost four wickets despite Chloe Dennis' three-fer.