Exmouth lost their final game of the 2018 Tolchards Devon League campaign, beaten by 70 runs by a Sidmouth side that was able to celebrate winning the title for the seventh time in 11 years, as news filtered through to the Maer ground of a surprise defeat for morning leaders Heathcoat at home to Sandford.
With the scheduled weekend opposition for both Tipton St John and Newton Poppleford crying off, the two teams hastily arranged a fixture to replace the meeting between the sides that had been washed out the weekend before, writes Phil Wright.
Exmouth 2nds were crowned champions of the Tolchards Devon League D Division East following their final day four wicket win at a Chardstock 1st XI side that they will meet again next year in the C Division – Chardstock and Heathcoat 2nds gaining promotion with the Maer men.
Kilmington were duly crowned champions of the Tolchards Devon League C Division East after they defeated visiting Budleigh by seven wickets and they will now step up to play in the third tier of the Devon League for the first time next summer.
Sidmouth thirds completed the 2018 Tolchards Devon League season as the F Division East champions and they did it in style winning all their home games and suffering just two defeats, losses at Seaton on May 26 and at Bradninch on June 23.
Budleigh are resigned to a bottom half finish in the Tolchards Devon League A Division after they went down by eight wickets on their visit to Abbotskerswell for their final away game of the league campaign.
Chardstock are on their way up to C Division East and away days at the likes of top flight clubs Sidmouth and Exeter after promotion was sealed thanks to a 46 run win at the Instow home of another Premier Division outfit, North Devon.