Jack Moore plays the ball into the on side during his ton-up innings at Torquay<br>credit: All photos this page Fiona Tyson

NORTH Devon defeated Torquay & Kingskerswell by 47 runs in a high-scoring thriller to remain out in front at the top of the Tolchards DCL A Division table.

Jack Moore helped himself to a century – his second of the season so far – and there was another for Jack Whittaker as North Devon piled-up 365 for six in their 50 overs.

Scoring at more than seven an over to win was always going to be a tall order for Torquay, although no one could accuse them of not having a go.

South African Nathan Roux made 110 at better-than-run-a-ball rate as Torquay reached a more than respectable 318 for nine in reply.

Reflecting on North Devon’s performance, Moore said: “The batting unit played their roles perfectly. Jack Whittaker was a delight to bat with and his knock was very, very good.

“Torquay batted very well – and credit to them for taking the chase on – but our bowlers stuck to the plans.”

Harry Passenger, the Torquay captain, felt North Devon’s top order cashed-in on T&K’s inconsistency in the field and: “And took the game away from us in the first innings – and all credit to them.”North Devon's Jack Whittaker guides the ball through the covers on his way to a century against Torquay

The positive for Passenger was T&K’s never-say-die attitude in the second innings.

“I was impressed with how our boys stuck at it and gave such a high total chase a good go,” said Passenger.

“Much to learn moving forward, but nice to see that we have the ability to score 300-plus.”

Dan Bowser got North Devon up and running with a perky knock of 45 and was the majority shareholder in a second-wicket stand of 62 with Moore.

Whittaker joined Moore with the score on 93 for two and their partnership of 136 took North Devon to 229 for three.

Bobby Western trapped Moore lbw three balls after he reached three figures. The North Devon captain faced exactly 100 balls and put 14 away for four as well as hitting two sixes.

Whittaker kept going with Roshan Lakmal at the other end during a further stand of 104 for the fourth wicket. Aaron Hearn bowled him for 109 with the score on 333.

Lakmal made a brisk 49 to keep the runs coming right to the end.

Most of Torquay & Kingskerswell’s bowling figures are not suitable viewing for those of a nervous disposition, although Vivek Kulkarni’s none for 45 from 10 overs was the cheapest by a distance.

Tim Western (45) and Chris Kelmere (69) gave T&K a 116-run start – and there were more runs to come from Roux and captain Passenger (35) as the chase unfolded.

By the time that Roux was fourth out at 299, the asking rate was nearing 15 an over, which was never a realistic option.

There were cheap wickets for Josh King (2-26) and Lakmal (4-54) as the T&K chase fizzled out.

North Devon (91pts) have a seven-point lead over chasers Bridestowe (84) at the top of the table.

Torquay, who have now lost two in a row, have dropped down to seventh in a table of 10.

North Devon's Roshan Lakmal, whose four-wicket haul slowed Torquay's run chase