Promotion play-offs for a place in the B Division, changes to player eligibility and an attempt to stop clubs strengthening lower-level sides for important games late in the season, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.
Clyst St George rounded off a wonderful season with a 15th win in 18 D Division East outings to leave them finishing as champions and a whopping 52 points better off than divisional runners-up Upottery who will join the Bohea Field men in the C Division East next season.
Exmouth completed their 2019 Tolchards Devon League campaign with a home defeat at the hands of a Sanford side that secured their top flight status for another season after their eight wicket win at the Maer ground.
Exmouth were five wicket winners on their visit to Torquay and that result, combined with results elsewhere on the penultimate matchday of the 2019 Tolchards Devon League top flight season, means Torquay will play in the A Division in 2020.
Budleigh Salterton suffered a 95-run defeat in their Tolchards Devon League A Division clash with Hatherleigh and the result probably ends the Ottermouth men's hopes of bagging one of the two coveted promotion berths that would see the club back playing in the Premier Division next season.
Exmouth's three wicket win at Exeter took the Maer men to a lofty fifth in the Premier Division table and, with four teams and 32 points between them and the second relegation spot, with just four matches and a maximum of 40 points up for grabs, Exmouth are guaranteed of avoiding a bottom two finish.
Friday's heavy rain across the region may well resulting some of the local cricket matches being cancelled. That would be a shame for, with just three match days remaining, things are bubbling up nicely in a number of the divisions.
Woodbury & Newton St Cyres all-rounder Becca Silk had a day to remember, albeit in a losing cause as she hit her side's second top score and the took four wickets in a three wicket defeat at home to Ottery St Mary 2nds.
After 13 matchdays of the 18 matchday Tolchards Devon cricket League season, the clubs playing in the 11 division's from Premier, A, B and divisions' C East to H East, have so far sent down a whopping 17,180 wides.
The Budleigh win over Plympton and a defeat for Bradninch at table-topping Cornwood means that the Ottermouth men sit in one of the coveted promotion berths after two-thirds of the Tolchards Devon League campaign.