Chappell champions the cause of Acton
Bradninch skipper Gary Chappell urged the Devon selectors to have a close look at team-mate Ross Acton after his 51 at the top of the order helped set up a 77-run Francis Clark Devon League Premier Division win over Heathcoat.
Acton has topped 50 in the first two games of the season, both of which Bradninch have won to share top spot in the early table with Bovey Tracey.
Acton, Tim Piper (33), James Street (43) and Matt Golding (42no) all chipped in as Bradnich reached 204 for four.
Then the spin of Chappell (two for six) and Will Squire (three for 17) sent Heathcoat tumbling to 127 all out.
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"Ross batted brilliantly again and I don't know how he isn't a Devon regular, or what more he has to do," said Chappell. "He is one of the best English bowling all-rounders in the league – I would say only Trevor Anning is better.
"Ross has worked hard on his fitness and his game and is now a genuine batter as well as an effective left-arm swing bowler."
Chris Bradley and Charlie Hill had three wickets each as Bovey Tracey bowled Plymouth out for 109.
Bovey wobbled briefly at 46 for four after Chris Barr (two for 27) struck twice. Dilon Mullins, with a brisk 44 not out, put the game beyond Plymouth's reach.
For Plymouth, it was a second successive defeat, but skipper Callum Whittaker is not about to panic, even though his side are bottom.
"When you only score 109, everything has to go your way when you field," he said. "A couple of half chances did not go our way and that was us out of it. It has been a rough start and the lack of match practice has not helped. In the long run, our experiences now will make us a better side."
Torquay are also two from two after their 14-run win at Exmouth. Brandon Handley (46), Tim Western (34) and Joe Thompson (24) were the pick of the batsman in making 172.
Exmouth had it all do at 72 for five and could not catch up. Aqueel Ahmed had three for 29 and there were two wickets each for Ben Passenger, Ian Baker and Nick Watkin.
It is a great start for Torquay on their return to the top flight, but skipper Justin Yau is not getting carried away.
"We are two from two but, the last time we were in this position in 2009, we were relegated," recalled Yau.
At the other end of the Premier table, North Devon and Sandford have yet to get off the mark. Gaminda Amarasinghe (five for 33) bowled Budleigh to a 23-run win at North Devon. Sandford came up 12 runs short against visiting Sidmouth.