BOVEY Tracey were probably glad of the rain washing out their game against visiting North Devon, which was starting to slip away from them.
Jason Smith slammed 160 off 133 balls for North Devon in his final game before heading home to South Africa to play in an U19 international tournament as the visitors racked up 327 for six.
Smith and co-opener Barney Huxtable (86) rammed the Bovey bowlers for a record-breaking first-wicket stand of 263.
The previous best of 250 – set by Rick Twose and the late Ray Tolchard for Paignton against Sidmouth in 1987 – was the oldest surviving record in Premier history.
Smith smashed 18 fours and seven sixes and other than a half chance that snicked through the slips in the 30s never put a foot wrong.
He knocked Bovey skipper Peter Bradley out of the attack by hitting him for five fours in his fifth and final over.
And off-spinner Chris Bradley got some treatment too as one of his overs went for 25!
Ryan Bougourd salvaged a couple of bowling points for Bovey with five late wickets. Other than Neil Hancock and Charlie Hill, the Bovey bowlers all went for six an over or more.
Bovey were 34 for three after 12 overs when the rain came down and the game was called off. Glenn Querl had taken two of the wickets to fall.
For run rate to be used to determine the outcome, at least 20 overs had to be bowled so it was six points each plus bonuses.
Bovey needed to reach 106 in the next seven overs to sneak a result, which was unlikely to happen!
Bovey Tracey make the short trip to Torquay this Saturday afternoon.