ALPHINGTON'S struggle to get out of the B Division bottom two continues when they entertain old rivals Chudleigh.
While Chudleigh were being rained off at Lewdown last time out, Alphington were losing by one wicket just a dozen miles away at Tavistock.
Alphington were all out for 131, which was a better total than seemed likely when they were 69 for nine.
Pace pair Chris Hutchins (3-27) and Travis Muller (2-28) did the early damage, leaving Shaun Cleave (3-27) to pitch in.
Last pair Nathan Bright (33) and Stuart Shaw (31no) battled gamely to earn Alphington three bonus batting points and a touch of respectability.
Tavistock found runs almost as hard to come by as spinners Paul James (3-21) and Lee Rowe (3-31) slowed them down.
Tavvy lost their ninth wicket with seven needed to set up a nail-biter, but they managed it.
Defeat leaves Alphington two points behind fellow strugglers Stoke Gabriel, who also lost.
Skipper Shaw remains confident his side can wriggle off the hook.
"Looking at pitch I felt anything over 175 would be a good score to defend," said Shaw.
"It was difficult to score runs but, at the same time, we played too many loose shots and gave away cheap wickets.
"I walked out at 69 for nine with Tavistock obviously thinking 'game over'. They had bowled out their front line bowlers and, to my surprise, they didn't have much to back them up. Nathan Bright played one of his best innings I had seen. I wasn't overly happy with our score but knew with our bowling attack we would always have a chance.
"To get Tavistock nine down with an over to go was a great effort. Unfortunately for us, Dave Manning was outstanding with the bat, offering only half chances.
"Again our boys gave me 110 per cent on the field. With a little more discipline to our batting, we would have won."
South Devon's relegation fate will be sealed if they lose at Lewdown this Saturday.
South Devon are as good as relegated now as they are 79 points behind with 88 to play for following their 120-run drubbing by Ivybridge.
The Newton Abbot lads had Ivybridge two wickets down for one run but then Sri Lankan Jeewan DeSilva (136) got stuck into the South Devon bowling.
There were two wickets each for Jonty Parsons and James Hart and three for spinner Cameron Scott at the end.
South Devon suffered the worst start going when opener Ali Wright was bowled first ball by Paul Veale, although the situation did improve when Hart (39) and David Knowles (32) put on 44 for the second wicket.
Hart hung around in until he was fifth to go with the score on 100, but when Lewis Derby (16) fell at 125 the wheels came off with him.
South Devon's last five wickets went for just 10 runs as they finished on 135.
Thorverton are at home to local rivals Shobrooke Park this Saturday.
They are now sitting 20 points clear of the danger zone following an 85-run win over fellow strugglers Stoke Gabriel.
Harry Choules hit 70 and there was a brace of 30s from Paul Fielder and Nick Barton in a total of
Early wickets by Will Denford and Jerry Crouch put Stoke behind the rate, then Jake Choules took four more to wrap up what skipper James Hope described as 'a very good, all-round performance'.
Shobrooke were left inactive last Saturday as their basement battle with Barnstaple & Pilton was rained off.