ONLY a big win this weekend against promotion rivals Shaldon will keep Kentisbeare's hopes of playing D Division cricket next term alive.
The Mid Devon outfit's losing draw against Kilmington at the weekend has left them 17 points adrift of second-placed Shaldon with two games to play.
Tom Gooding was Kentisbeare's nemesis at the weekend.
The Kilmington all-rounder scored 111 in his side's 247 and then claimed five for 62 as the Kents were restricted to 240 for nine in the reply.
Harry Howe had a day to remember as he claimed seven for 32 for the Mid Devon men and also took a hat-trick – a feat matched by older brother Martin for the club's second XI on the same day.
Neil Farley (90) and skipper Scott Chappell (56) also chipped in for the home side.
Meanwhile, Shaldon closed to within three points of the table toppers Uplyme & Lyme Regis, following a maximum points win at home to relegation-threatened Upottery.
Jamie Day (52), Mark Couch (51) and Todd Bulman (37) made the bulk of the runs in an impressive home total of 223 for six.
Dan Broom and Gary Kennard both bagged a brace of wickets for the East Devon side that were then bowled out for 142, with only Matthew Button-Stephens (25) and 38 extras making much of an impression in the score book.
Couch completed yet another match winning all-round effort with six for 38.
Tiverton and Bickleigh did their chances of avoiding the drop the world of good with a maximum-points haul at home to fellow strugglers Topsham St James.
Phil Hubbard (49), Jason Parr (44) and Ben Scofield (33) all chipped in towards a total of 204.
Skipper Ross Treleaven took four for 48 with the ball while Nick Horne weighed in with three for 45 for the Saints, who were then promptly bundled out for 92.
It would have been far, far worse but for the last pair, who came together with the score on 33 for nine.
Alex Sparkes (48) and Rhys Beauchamp (6no) were the pair who nailed a new Topsham St James club record for the final wicket with a partnership of 59.
Leaders Uplyme will be promoted if they secure at least 11 points in their penultimate game of the campaign at Tiverton this weekend.
Uplyme skipper Ashley Caddy said: "We are very close now, but I want us to go up as league champions and want us to keep playing the sort of cricket we are serving up in the last two.
"Clearly this coming weekend is a pivotal one with Shaldon going to Kentisbeare, they both can't win that one, so, as long as we do our work correctly at Tiverton and Bickleigh we may well have a much clearer picture of the end game this Saturday night."
Kenn landed a winning draw from the visit of Bridestowe last Saturday.
Faulk Koehler (85) and Harry Gayden (27) led the Exeter side to 187 for nine.
Bridestowe replied with 178 for eight, led by Phil Woods (56) and John Hatton (37).