Huge Miller haul helps Saints seal dramatic victory
TOPSHAM St James pulled off a stunning victory over Shaldon to dramatically secure their place in E Division for another season.
The Saints needed all 20 points to guarantee their survival ahead of Upottery, who trailed them by a point going into the final round of matches.
And Ross Treleaven's side got just that, beating promoted Shaldon by 53 runs and rendering Upottery's own maximum-point win against Kentisbeare irrelevant.
Nick Horn (64), Tom Richardson (42) and skipper Ross Treleaven, with an unbeaten 51, led the Saints to 234 for six.
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Mark Couch claimed a brace of wickets for Shaldon, who were then bowled out for 181 with Adrian Miller claiming a marvellous return of eight for 43 from 11.3 overs.
Treleaven said: "The boys have shown great character by pulling that win out of the bag and we will hope to carry that sort of form on to next season.
"The day belonged to Adrian Miller. Taking eight wickets is a massive achievement. His bowling and company will be missed when he returns to New Zealand."
Upottery knew that they simply had to bag a big points win over visiting Kentisbeare.
Matthew Button-Stephens hit 97 and Jason Kennard cracked an unbeaten 58 to take Upottery to 245 for five.
Gary Kennard then claimed four for 31 as Kentisbeare were bowled out for 132, but it was not enough to save the hosts' skin.
Upottery chairman Mike Kellow said: "We'll take it on the chin, lick our wounds and look to get back up as quickly as possible."
Relegated Tiverton and Bickleigh said goodbye to the E Division with a winning draw at Kenn. Mark Hutchinson top scored with an 35 not out as the Mid Devon men scored 188 for nine.
Dave Murfin then hit 53 to lead the home side's run chase that came up just short – there was just a single run between the sides at stumps with Kenn closing on 187 for nine.
Jason Parr claimed four wickets for 37 for Tiverton and Bickleigh.