IPPLEPEN dropped back in the C Division promotion race after slipping up by 39 runs against bottom side Clyst St George.
Pens were odd-on favourites to beat the table-proppers, but instead came away on the wrong end of a 39-run defeat.
Ipplepen stay third in the table, but have fallen 37 points behind second-placed Axminster. Anything other than a win in the derby clash with Dartington and Totnes this Saturday will kill them off completely.
Chris Ferro made 81 not out – he and Chris Cook (49) put on 77 for the fifth wicket – and with Steve Bourke making 33 a Clyst total of 252 for six was posted.
Pens then slumped to 127 for five with Rachit Lakhmani (40) and Dave Harris (33) out of the way with Jeremy Welland (3-63) and Mark Johnson (2-44) doing much of the damage.
Back came Pens with Seb Powell making 68 and only when he was seventh out at 208 was Bourke (4-19) able to get among the tail-enders.
CHAGFORD are safely back in mid-table thanks to a 98-run win over form side Ottery St Mary.
Ottery had won five on the trot before welcoming Chagford to Salston Field, but were always up against it after the visitors racked up 284 for nine.
Jon Wright belted 79 for Chagford, putting on 64 with Divan Marais (23) and 70 with Dave Penberthy (24).
Knocks of 33 not out from former Devon player Jeremy Christophers and 29 from Paul Penberthy, plus a generous helping of 57 extras helped Chagford reach 284 for nine.
James Faulkner took four for 63 and Will Harrison two for 36.
Ottery were all out for 186 in reply – Christophers capping a fine individual display with five wickets for 22 runs. Steve Sizmur and Wright took a couple each.
There were runs for Sam Tennant (50), Alex Thurgate (42no) and Jack Pritchard (25).
Chagford are at home to Plymouth CS&R on Saturday.
DARTINGTON and Totnes lost a high-scoring affair at Bideford by four wickets which leaves them hovering over the drop zone.
Bertus Loots battered the Bideford bowling for 110 not out off just 66 balls – eight fours and the same number of sixes – as D&T amassed 258 for four.
Opener Angus Wilson made 64 and put on 94 with Loots for the fourth wicket.
Bideford wiped off the first 105 needed through Dan Barratt (43) and skipper James Ford (73), who carried on to add 80 with Jodi Gilmore (78).
Gilmore went at 221 for three, but the momentum was with Bideford now and bits and pieces from Al Savage and Fred King got them over the line with seven balls to spare.
KINGSBRIDBGE were on the receiving end of a workmanlike six-wicket defeat by promption-chasers Axminster.
Robbie Prior (3-25), Matt Pyle (3-27) and Joel Seward (2-10) combined to dismiss fourth-placed Kingsbridge for 133.
Ed Bradbury made 41 and James Fletcher 21, but there wasn't a lot from the rest of the Kingsbridge batting.
Gary Larcombe led the run chase with the top contribution of 38 whilst skipper Tristan Wakeley (32no) and Joel Seward (29no) saw the side over the winning line.
Kings will want to bounce back against lowly Yelverton this Saturday.