PAIGNTON skipper Connor Bryan will think twice about declaring early in future after his positive intention backfired against Hatherleigh.
Chasing extra points for a declaration win, Bryan came off five overs early when Paignton were 235 for seven.
Bryan had made 74 – he was fifth out at 145 – then Fanie deVilliers (44no) and George Benton (37) stroked 83 unbroken in eight overs to prompt the declaration.
Rob Fishleigh with three for 25 took the bowling laurels for Hatherleigh, backed up by Jack Cherrington (2-38).
Run-rate comes into play once 20 overs have been passed in the Premier and A Divisions – so Hatherleigh had one eye on the weather forecast and another on the scoreboard.
Gareth Tidball stuck and unbeaten 57 and Rob Davies was 18 not out in a total of 116 for one when the rain set in during the 24th over.
"Hatherleigh needed 11 off three overs to win and got them with three balls to spare," said a disappointed Bryan.
The result knocks Paignton's promotion prospects as they now trail second-placed Sandford by 26 points with leaders Heathcoat to play this Saturday.