EXMOUTH put one hand on the Premier Division trophy when they beat North Devon by 86 runs on The Maer.
Seven points this Saturday afternoon at Cornwood will give Exmouth their first Premier title since 1999.
Second-placed Sidmouth have to take all 22 points at Budleigh and hope Exmouth get six or fewer at Oak Park.
Chris Metters (54) and Andy Buzza (51) both made half-centuries as Exmouth recovered from a hesitant start to make 220 for eight.
Sandy Allen, skipper Richard Baggs and David Lye all went cheaply before Seb Benton (32) and Metters got a grip on the match.
Buzza and latterly Mark Orchard (20no) kept the scoreboard ticking over in the last 10 overs.
North Devon never really got out of the blocks – Trevor Anning (3-29) made sure of that.
There were also two wickets each for Toby Ingham (2-16) and Lawrence Greenway (2-27) as North Devon subsided to 134 all out.
Sidmouth did what they could to stay in touch with the leaders as they beat Bovey Tracey by 67 runs.
Anthony Griffiths top-scored with 89 not out off 113 balls as Sidmouth reached 239 for four in 45 overs and declared.
Bovey were all out for 172 with five overs to go – Sidmouth paceman Josh Bess taking three for 43 to speed them on their way.
Defeat drops Bovey from second to third where they trail Sidmouth by 11 points and Exmouth by 27 with 22 left on the table.
Bovey seamer Neil Hancock struck in the first over to remove Matt Cooke as Sidmouth suffered an early setaback, but from then on bat dominated ball.
Griffiths and Liam Lewis (47) totted up 80 for the second wicket then Josh Bess (24) and Griffiths added 42 in a hurry for the third.
Pete Randerson came and went for ten as Sidmouth briefly slowed at 134 for four.
Luke Bess upped the tempo with a rapid 47 not out as he and Grffiths added 105 in 12 overs before skipper Will Murray called them in.
The game was won and lost during a 15-ball spell when Bovey's 74 for one became 75 for five as Peter Bradley (31), Matt Golding, Hancock and Damian Bourke (18) all went.
Bess took three of the wickets and ran out non-striker Hancock for the fourth.
Ben Ayres (21) and Andy Fairbairn (24) attempted to rebuild and put on 53 before Will Gater (2-19) poled Ayres.
It was downhill all the way to 172 all out after that with Cooke (2-14) and Scott Barlow (2-13) doing the mopping up.
Budleigh have nothing to play for other than local pride in the derby clash at Sidmouth this Saturday now they are certain to be relegated.
The Otters were living on borrowed time before last Saturday's four-run defeat by Exeter.
Despite an unbeaten 114 from James Burke, 61 by Bob Dawson and 50 from Jack Dart, Budleigh finished five runs short.
Exeter, currently fifth, could finish fourth if they beat visiting Plymouth, or sixth if their metropolitan cousins win to go past them.
Having been promoted last season as A Division champions without losing a game, Exeter were keen to consolidate in their first season back. Despite getting through three captains during the season – Jon Tipper, followed by Tom Viljoen, followed by Rob Holman – it will be mission accomplished for Exeter.
Tom Richardson marked his elevation from the second XI with 82 off 114 balls in Exeter's total of 266 for nine.
Knock of the innings was supplied by Will Steward, who went in at 58 for four and made 108 before he was last man out. Opener Andy Curtis (29) was the only other batter to reach double figures.
Bradninch are also deep in the Premier Division relegation mire after losing a nail-biter at Torquay by three runs.
The game was a big one as Torquay would have been sucked into the relegation scrap themselves had they lost.
Torquay are now safe as they are 30 points clear of Bradninch in the second drop spot with only 22 to play for.
Bradninch have to get a win against Bovey Tracey this Saturday and hope Cornwood are hammered by champions-elect Exmouth to have any chance of bridging the 17-point gap between them and safety.
Matt Thompson's impressive run of form continued with a top score of 70 as Torquay reached 217 for seven in 50 overs.
Ross Acton (3-15) was the most effective of the Bradninch bowlers while Will Squire (4-57) topped the wicket-taking stakes for the Mid Devon men.
Bradninch, desperate for a win to get out of the bottom two before it is too late, had to go for the runs come what may.
After Jackson Thompson made a brisk 27 off 21 balls, Greg Maher (53) and skipper Tim Piper (69) made a 96-run dent in the deficit.
Keeping up with the asking rate was a problem at times for Bradninch, who needed 83 off the last 15 overs before Piper and Ross Acton (33) stepped on the gas.
Bradninch got down to the last over needing seven for victory and with five wickets in hand.
Piper flung the bat at the first ball from Kruger and was caught out.
Mark Vercoe-Curtis and Squire managed three between them off the next four balls, leaving four to win off the last.
Squire gave it the big wind-up, but Matt Thompson had the bails off before he could get back into his ground and Torquay won by a whisker.