Devon Youth Cricket report 9th June 2013
Devon Under 12’s Win Their Tamar Battle
Devon Under 12s recorded their first victory of the season by defeating Cornwall by 22 runs at Barton CC's Cricketfield Road ground. Devon batted first and lost opener James Degg to an unfortunate run out. Opener Jack Smyly (24) and Ollie O'Livey (17) were getting the innings back on track when O'Livey also fell victim to a run out - the ball from the striking batsman being deflected by the Cornish bowler on to the wicket as he was backing up. Sam Taylor joined Ben Sapiecha with the score on 79 for three. The pair then put on 104 for the fourth wicket with Taylor hitting 60 and Sapiecha carrying his bat for an undefeated 58. Devon finished on 199-5.
Cornwall started off slowly but then upped the momentum and it looked as if Devon's target was in reach. But quickie Jonty Walliker was brought back into the attack to stop the charge with two quick wickets. Opener Lewis Goldsworthy (93no) batted through for the visitors who ended on 177-3.
Manager Jim Parker said: "It was great to win for the first time but even more important and just as enjoyable was the partnership between Ben and Sam who batted very well. Jonty also did a good job at the end when Cornwall were threatening to make a game of it."
Devon 199-5: (Jack Smyly 24, Ben Sapiecha 58no, Sam Taylor 60)
Cornwall 177-3: (Jonty Walliker 2-30)
Devon won by 22 runs.
Devon Under 14’s Lose To Berkshire but Beat Cornwall
The long trip to Reading for the Devon Under 14’s ended in frustration as they lost to Berkshire by 4 wickets with 10 balls to spare. Batting first Devon had a number of starts but on a difficult pitch no one could go on to make a higher score than Neal Osborn’s 36 not out. Ben Phillips hit a good 35 before being one of the three Devon batsmen to be run out. A total of 178-7 meant that the bowling and fielding had to be at their best but unfortunately the bowling offered a little too much width and not enough pressure could be applied. Osborn followed up his innings with 3-47 to be Devon’s most successful bowler.
Result: Devon 178-7 (Neal Osborn 36*, Ben Phillips 35, Billy Rudolf 29)
Berkshire: 180-6 (Neal Osborn 3-47)
Berkshire won by 4 wickets.
On a beautiful day at Torquay Devon Under 14’s hosted their fiercest rivals from across the Tamar and romped home by 40 runs in a high scoring game. Batting first Devon racked up an impressive 261-7 in 45 overs with opener Harvey Sargent falling agonisingly two runs short of a well deserved century after he was stumped going for the big hit to see himself to three figures. Sargent was ably supported by Billy Rudolf (30), Noah Wright (34)whilst Neal Osborn smashed a quick 48 not out to see Devon to a very competitive score on a pitch that was taking a lot of spin. With all of the Devon bowlers performing better than against Berkshire, with much tighter lines, Cornwall were always behind the run rate. Matthew Petherbridge backed up a fine spell of slow left arm spin with a great catch at square leg whilst captain Joe Hagan-Burt had the best figures of 2-23. Cornwall closed on 221-8.
Devon: 261-7 (Harvey Sargent 98, Neal Osborn 48*, Noah Wright 34, Billy Rudolf 30)
Cornwall: 221-8 (Joe Hagan-Burt 2-23, Billy Rudolf 2-42)
Devon won by 40 runs.
DEVON Under 15’s thrashed by Hampshire
Hampshire: 251 all out. (Ben Steer 3-48, Ben Causey 3-35)
Devon: 138 all out. (Charlie Fitzroy 31, Alfie Huxtable 27)
Devon lost by 113 runs.
Where There’s a Will There’s A Way
The Devon Under 10’s played Oxfordshire Under 10’s at Exeter school and won by 4 wickets thanks mainly to a superb innings of 70 not out off 94 balls by Will Scott-Munden. Chasing Oxfordshire’s 127-6 Scott-Munden proved to be the match winner as he scored more than half of the runs with the next highest score being Joseph Dugay’s 14. Earlier Devon’s bowlers held the upper hand with Rory Medlock taking 2-3 and Sam Jefferson 3-18 as Oxfordshire struggled to 127-6 off their 40 overs.
Oxfordshire: 127 for 6: (Sam Jefferson 3-18, Rory Medlock 2-3)
Devon Youth Cricket report 2nd June 2013
Devon Under 12’s So Near Yet So Far
It has been a case of so near yet so far for Devon's under-12 team, losing both their opening games of the season by the tiniest of margins. Their 2013 campaign began against Oxfordshire at Kingston Bagpuize with Oxford batting first and finished on 123 for 4 from their 40 overs. Spinner Sam Carpenter was the most successful Devon bowler in the wickets department with figures of 2-21 from his seven overs. It was a total which should have been well within Devon's reach and with opener James Degg (28) and Max Mejzner (23) setting the visitors on their way victory seemed on the cards but opening bowler Chapman was brought back into the attack and Devon's middle and lower order crumbled. A nail-biting finish saw them bowled out in the 35th over to lose by just one run.
It was much of the same when Devon travelled to Instow to entertain Wales just a few days later.
Devon batted first. Degg (46) was again in the runs, but the top score went to Jack Smyly with a useful 55. Devon were well set on 105-1 but that batting collapse raised its head again and Devon finished on 171 all out. Kersley Sutton bowled well for Devon taking 2-9 as the game went down to the wire but it was Wales that just made it past the finishing post with four balls to spare and four wickets in hand.
Manager Jim Parker said: "Both games were extremely close to say the least. On both occasions it was our batting that misfired the most and is something we need to look at. "
Oxford: 123-4 (Sam Carpenter 2-21)
Devon: 122 (James Degg 28, Max Mejzner 23).
Devon lost by one run.
Devon: 171 (James Degg 46, Jack Smyly 55).
Wales: 172-6 (KersleySutton 2-9)
Devon lost by four wickets.
Devon Under 15’s Struggle Against Spin
Devon Under 15’s played their first two games in the ECB Cup when they travelled to play Berkshire and Bucks over the bank holiday weekend. Unfortunately it was a disappointing start to this season's competition when both games were lost from positions where they might have expected to win.
Devon Under 15’s: 199 all out (Charlie Fitzroy 42, Dan Pyle 33, Jamie Telford 31)
Buckinghamshire Under 15’s: 200-7 (Ben Green 4-50)
Buckinghamshire won by 3 wickets
Convincing Win again For Devon Under 11’s
It was another convincing win for the Devon Under 11’s as they beat Gwent by 5 wickets with 17 overs to spare. Batting first Gwent were soon in trouble after losing 2 wickets early on to Archie Christophers and Alfie Hagan-Burt who both bowled well. Scoring was slow for Gwent who at the halfway point had only mustered 38 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Wickets were shared around the Devon bowlers and Gwent eventually struggled to a below par total of 101-9 off their 40 overs.
After tea Devon took the attack to the opposition bowlers with some incredible hits from Luke Medlock (38) and Ollie Hannam (20) which gave Devon the platform to win the game and after only 7 overs 51 was reached. Once the openers went Devon did lose 3 more wickets to some loose shots but soon reached their target in the 23rd over.
Gwent: 101-9 (Alfie Hagan-Burt 2-6)
Devon: 104-5, 23 overs (Luke Medlock 38, Ollie Hannam 20)
Devon Won by 5 wickets
Moore of the same from Skipper Jack
Devon Under 11 captain Jack Moore continued where he left off last season with another match winning performance in his team’s first game of the season against neighbours Cornwall. Winning the toss and putting the opposition in to bat Moore soon saw his bowlers on top with Cole Harford taking two early wickets on his way to figures of 4-22. Max Hancock (3-9) picked up three cheap wickets with his well controlled spin and Cornwall were all out for 80. With the score on 21 Devon lost opener Sam Read LBW for 7. Enter Moore to play the innings of the game, hitting the ball beautifully to all parts on his way to an unbeaten 31 as Devon romped home in just 16.3 overs for the loss of only three wickets.
Devon coach, Jason Degg, was delighted with how his team performed in their first game of the season. “We bowled and fielded well with four catches taken and Jack played like we have seen him play over the last two seasons to knock off the runs without any problems which was very pleasing.”
Cornwall: 80 all out (C Harford 4-22, M Hancock 3-9)
Devon: 81-3 (J Moore 31*)
Devon won by 7 wickets.
Ben Steer’s Under 15’s to Victory
Devon Under 15’s had a good start to the county programme with a great win against Wales: something they had not managed to do in previous years. Having lost the toss and been asked to field the first hour saw some accurate bowling by Plymouth’s Dan Goodey and newcomer Tallan Burns from Lewdown who were ably supported by some excellent fielding which reduced Wales to 46 for 5 off 15 overs The highlight being an absolutely stunning catch by Brad Causey to send back Thornton, the Wales captain for four off the bowling of Burns.
Wales: 169 all out ( Wolf 3-23, Steer 2-11, Codd 2-20, Burns 2-43)
Devon: 170-6 (Steer 54*, Wolf 36, Barriball 20*)
Devon won by 4 wickets.
Under 14’s thrash Gwent
Wright hits a century in record stand with Sargent
The Devon Under14’s travelled to Newport to play Gwent and came away with a resounding victory by 171 runs. Batting first Devon racked up 276-2 off 45 overs. New captain Joe Hagan-Burt from Plymouth CC set the tone with a quick fire 51 off 70 balls but it was the unbeaten partnership of 187 between Harvey Sargent and Noah Wright that was the highlight of the day. Opener Sargent batted all the way through for 91 not out whilst Wright smashed 104 off only 72 balls. Gwent struggled against all of the Devon bowlers but especially against the spin twins of Petherbridge and Osborn. Cornwood’s Petherbridge took 3-6 off 6 overs on his Devon debut whilst Osborn took 3-7 off 7 overs. Gwent were all out for 105 off 35 overs.
Manager Jon Mears said, “The team showed a great spirit and there were some terrific individual performances. This victory should give the team a fantastic platform to build the season on.”
Devon: 276-2 (N Wright 104*, H Sargent 91*, J Hagan-Burt 51)
Gwent: 105 all out (Petherbridge 3-6, Osborn 3-7)
Devon won by 171 runs
Devon Under 10’s Open the Season in Style
The Devon Under 10’s had a fine win in their season opener against Dorset at Exeter School. Bowling first, Devon were in a strong position at drinks with Dorset reeling at 51-4. There was a fine knock from Dorset opener T Prest (72*) as they accelerated after drinks to post a score of 133-5. Devon made light work chasing down Dorset’s final total setting off at a run-a-ball pace and never looked back as they won with 10 overs to spare. Will Scott-Munden was the bedrock of the run chase making a measured 59* including 8 fours whilst Elliot Hamilton came in and blasted 22* from 13 balls as Devon raced to an early victory.
Dorset: 133-5 (T Prest 72*)
Devon: 134-3 (W Scott-Munden 59*, E Hamilton 22*)
Devon won by 7 wickets.
Week ending 26th August 2012
Devon Under 11’s Find Going Tough At Their Taunton Festival
Day 1 v Wales:
Devon Under 11’s had a steady but slow start against Wales Under 11’s with openers James Degg scoring 28 and Jack Smyly 26. Jonty Walliker steadied the ship after a collapse hitting a much needed 27 and Devon finished on 141.
Wales were more positive in their run chase and managed to build a good platform at the halfway stage with a score of 56-2 after 23 overs. Taking pace off the ball slowed the scoring rate ball and leg spinner Sam Carpenter made inroads with a tight spell of leg spin which included three wickets. Wales always looked in charge but Devon fought hard to get it down to three needed off the last over. With a wicket falling in this nail biting over bowled by Jack Moore hopes were raised but the three runs were squeezed out and Wales got home with just a ball to spare.
Devon: 141-8 (Degg 28, Walliker 27, Smyly 26, Taylor 19)
Wales won by 2 wkts
Day 2 v Yorkshire
Devon lost the toss again and were put in to bat. Jack Moore and and James Degg put on a quick 49 for the second wicket before Degg was bowled for 26 and Devon found themselves 78-2 after 20 overs. Moore continued the onslaught and hit a run a ball 53 before he was caught at mid wicket. This platform allowed Billy Gubb (27*) and Sam Taylor (44*) to continue with the run scoring and pushed the total up to 191-5 with some sparkling running between the wickets.
Yorkshire’s effort to score runs was thwarted by some excellent Devon bowling and fielding. Devon had to wait until the 17th over until a wicket fell but the total was on just 41. Another wicket fell soon after but then the rain fell with the score on 80-2 after 30 overs. The covers went on but it was too heavy and Devon were unlucky not to get more from this game.
Devon: 191-5 (Moore 53, Taylor 44*, Gubb 27*, Degg 26)
Yorkshire: 80-2 after 30 overs – match abandoned
Day 3 v Buckinghamshire
Bucks won the toss and asked Devon to bat. This seemed to be a wise choice as two wickets fell in the second over and the scoreboard read 2-2 off two overs. Opener James Degg and Billy Gubb set about rebuilding the innings and put on a partnership of 33 before Gubb was caught with the score on 35-3. Ben Sapiecha then partnered Degg for a useful 27 run partnership. Sam Taylor joined Degg and helped see him to his maiden Devon fifty and at lunch the score was 112-4 with 6 overs left. Degg and Taylor’s partnership finished on 96 but Degg carried his bat for an unbeaten 70 not out in 40 overs and Devon finished on 158-4.
The Bucks openers took the game away from Devon by hitting the bad ball and creating a match winning partnership. Devon’s bowling just couldn’t create a chance and they had to wait until the 27th over before striking. The damage had been done and with the score on 113-1 with wickets in hand and 13 overs to hit 46 runs Bucks were in the driving seat. A hard fight back shown by the Devon bowlers was too little too late and Bucks got over the line with 2 overs to spare.
Devon: 158-4 (Degg 70*, Taylor 37*)
Devon lost by 7 wkts
Day 4 v Middlesex
Devon finally won a toss and asked Middlesex to bat. A wicket in the first over looked promising for Devon and two more quickly fell. At 57-4 after 20 overs it looked like Devon were on top but Middlesex battled hard and managed to finish on 133-9.
A positive start was needed and that’s exactly what James Degg and Billy Gubb gave Devon with a partnership of 48 in seventeen overs and Devon looked in good shape. Gubb hit a magnificent 47 runs but the Devon middle order struggled and wickets kept falling. Devon slumped to 90-9 in the 33rd over and all looked lost. A superb 29 run partnership by Lachlan Fulton and Jack Smyly for the last wicket brought Devon very close but they fell short and again Devon couldn’t quite get over the line.
Middlesex: 133-9 (Sutton 4-26, Moore 2-10)
Devon: 119 all out (Gubb 47)
Devon lost by 14 runs
Day 5 v Cheshire
Cheshire won toss and asked Devon to set a total. At halfway Devon looked in a great position at 52-2 thanks to a quick fire 23 from Jack Moore. However the middle order collapsed and Devon found themselves on 68-6 with 5 overs left. A great partnership by Jonty Walliker and Lachlan Fulton gave Devon a total to defend.
Cheshire looked in control and kept wickets intact with their run chase. Partnerships won the game for them in this format. Their openers hit 36 runs and a 45 run partnership for the second wicket broke the back of the chase. Cheshire found themselves always looking in control despite it going to the last over which Lachlan Fulton was given the responsibility to bowl. Another close game but again it ended in another Devon defeat on the final day of the festival.
Devon: 111-8 (Fulton 25*, Moore 23, Walliker 15*)
Devon lost 8 wkts
Manager Ted Ashman said, “This was a Festival of what could have been. We competed in every game but just couldn’t manage to cross over the line. The boys gave it their all and it really could have been so different with a little bit of luck on our side.”
Yorkshire won the Festival
Devon Under 16’s Narrowly Defeat Warwickshire Under 16’s
Devon Under 16’s travelled to Leamington CC to play Warwickshire Under 16’s and came away with a narrow nine run win thanks mainly to Samuel Wyatt-Haines hitting a run a ball 46 and an undefeated 50 from Jack Maunder in their total of 177 all out in 47.2 overs. The batting was backed up by some miserly bowling from Parminda Singh who took 4-30 from his ten overs and some excellent, wholehearted fielding. Warwickshire were finally all out for 168 with three balls to spare.
Devon: 177 all out (Wyatt-Haines 46, Maunder 50*, Higgs 26)
Warwickshire: 168 all out (Singh 4-30, Holmes 2-38, Wyatt-Haines 2-40)
Devon won by 9 runs.
Rain Ruins Under 16 Clash with Staffordshire
Devon Under 16’s managed to bat for 112 overs against Staffordshire Under 16’s and racked up an impressive 325-7 before they declared. Skipper Wyatt-Haines continued his fine form to top score with 84, which included nine fours and two sixes. He was well supported by Olli Higgs (45), Jack Maunder (34) and Macaulay Harrison-Hooton (43*).
Staffordshire were competitively placed on 178-3 when the rain came and play was abandoned. Gillam Crouch took all three wickets for Devon.
Devon: 325-7 (Wyatt-Haines 84, Higgs 45, Maunder 34, Harrison-Hooton 43*, Bess 32*, Richardson 32)
Staffordshire: 178-3 (Crouch 3-31)
Week ending 19th August 2012
Weather Disrupts Devon Under 13’s At Their Taunton Festival
Game 1: Devon Under 13’s v Hampshire Under 13’s
Devon began the festival at King’s College with a tough opening game against Hampshire.
The cause wasn’t helped when Devon lost the toss and were asked to bat on a wet wicket with rain in the air.
The battle was made even harder when openers Harvey Sargent and Noah Wright went without Devon putting a run on the board in the face of some quick Hampshire bowling.
But Finlay Marks (21) and Billy Rudolph (24) dug in to give some hope for Devon as they put on 40 for the third wicket.
After they went, however, it was pretty much downhill for the batting side with only Harry Ward, who scored 16 from 59 balls, showing any kind of resistance as Devon were skitttled out for just 113 in the 48th over.
Ward gave Devon a glimmer of hope with his leg breaks and a return of 2 for 31 from five overs but Hampshire eventually made light work of the total which was never going to be enough, winning in the 22nd over with the loss of just three wickets.
SCOREBOARD: Devon 113 (Marks 21, Rudolph 24). Hampshire 114-3 (Ward 2-31). Hampshire won by six wickets.
Game 2: Devon Under 13’s v Lancashire Under 13’s
Some harsh words and home truths were dished out to the squad after the poor performance against Hampshire the day before – and they responded in brilliant fashion giving Lancashire a real run for their money.
Devon won the toss and asked Lancashire to bat on the small pitch six at King’s. A spirited fielding performance backed up with some tight and straight bowling had Lancashire on the back foot. Two catches and a stumping from wicketkeeper Kingsley Latham led the way. So, too, did fine spells from quickies Will Christophers (3-38 from 10 overs) and Ollie Reed (1-15 from 10). There was an edge to Devon in the field for the first time as Lancashire were held to 216-9 from their 50 overs.
Opener Noah Wright’s treatment of the Lancashire opening attack was a joy to behold with an array of drives to all parts of the ground. Unfortunately, he was out caught behind, chasing a wide one for 33 but by that time he had put on 55 for the first wicket with Finlay Marks. Marks went on to anchor the Devon innings with 36 from 97 balls. Christophers (17) tried to up the momentum but the rest of the batting failed to fire and Devon were bowled out for 177 in a game they deserved to win and certainly not lose. The transformation from the Hampshire game had been remarkable.
Scoreboard – Lancashire 216-9 (Christophers 3-38), Devon 177 (Wright 33, Marks 36). Lancashire won by 39 runs.
Game 3: Devon Under 13’s v Cumbria Under 13’s
This was a rain-reduced 20-20 game and a big test for the players to see if they could fulfil the promise and sustain the improvement showed in the previous day against Lancashire – and they did with our first win of the tournament.
Devon were asked to bat and got off to the worst possible start when they lost openers Harvey Sargent and Noah Wright and third-in Finlay Marks cheaply. But Billy Rudolph (20) and Jack Lockwood (34) turned things around for Devon who settled on 121-8 from their allotted overs.
Will Christophers (3-8) and Rudolph (2-11) made early in-roads into the Cumbrian batting. Then Cumbria looked as if they may be in for a shout until Pieter Keenan (2-22) and Marks (1-10) turned the game Devon’s way. With the support of some spirited fielding Devon bowled out Cumbria for 104 with two balls to spare to win by 17 runs.
SCOREBOARD – Devon 121-8 (Rudolph 20, Lockwood 34), Cumbria 104 (Christophers 3-8, Rudolph 2-11, Keenan 2-22). Devon won by 17 runs.
Game 4: Devon Under 13’s v Surrey Under 13’s
It was a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show for game number four on the main number one pitch at King’s.
Devon won the toss and asked Surrey to bat. Pieter Keenan (2-26) was the pick of the Devon bowlers with some useful contributions from Will Christophers (1-13) and Billy Rudolph (0-23), but Surrey were allowed to gain momentum towards the end of their innings and a total of 170-4 from 40 overs was always going to be a challenge, albeit achievable.
Openers Harvey Sargent and Noah Wright found the going tough as the Surrey bowlers got on top from the word go. Suddenly Devon were 28-4 and well off the pace. Finlay Marks (21) tried to move things along and there was a contribution lower down the order from Ben Phillips (26no).
But Devon found themselves up against the run rate clock and lost wickets at the wrong times to finishing disappointingly on 81-8 - well beaten and not even enough runs even for a losing draw.
SCOREBOARD –Surrey 170-4 (Keenan 2-26), Devon 81-8 (Marks 21, Phillips 26). Surrey won by 89 runs.
Game 5: Devon Under 13’s v Worcester Under 13’s No play – rain.
Of the festival and season, manager Jim Parker said: “There was some highs and lows which was a reflection of the season. But I and Coach Julian Wyatt have now worked with this group of lads for two years and they have come on in leaps and bounds both as a squad and as individuals. They have been a pleasure to work with and we wish them all the very best for the future. Some of them have shown the potential to go on and become very good cricketers. Their attitude has been first class.”
Singh On Song For Devon Under 16’s
It was an eventful first two day game for Countess Wear’s Parminda Singh whose bowling for Devon Under 16’s against Worcestershire Under 16’s was quite exceptional. At the home of the current Birmingham League Champions, Barnet Green, he took 6-57 off twenty-one overs, which was the tenth best return at Under 16s. Skipper Sam Wyatt-Haines won the toss and his side posted a below par 253 all out with his innings of 57 being the top score. Tom Richardson, Jack Maunder and Dan Powell all reached the forties but were unable to bat on. Their hosts were bowled out for 174 with Ollie Sale and Luke Ansell picking up a couple of wickets apiece to go along with Singh’s magnificent effort. When batting for a second time Devon were unable to build up the momentum needed to set a target but Powell and Sale put on seventy-eight for the eighth wicket (just two short of the record) and both reached forty before time ran out. Devon won on first innings lead.
Devon: 253 all out (Wyatt- Haines 57, Richardson 47, Powell 47, Maunder 44)
Worcestershire: 174 all out (Singh 6-57, Ansell 2-19, Sale 2-32)
Devon: 166-9 (Powell 46*, Sale 45, Skeemer 30)
Devon won on first innings lead.
Under 14’s Finish season With A Defeat Against Yorkshire
Yorkshire won the toss and decided to bat on a beautiful Exmouth pitch and openers Barnes and Brown comfortably put on 134 for the first wicket in 24 overs before Dan Pyle, the 6th bowler used, made the break though having Brown (53) caught by Dan Goodey. Ben Steer took the first of his 4 wickets by having Barnes caught by Goodey for 73.Two runs later Steer took another wicket, this time caught by Jake Reddick and then Reddick took the next wicket when he had Walmsley LBW. At 161-4 Yorkshire then staged a recovery before Toby Codd took the first of his two wickets and Yorkshire were soon 197-6. Goodey, who had bowled a good opening spell, then took two wickets to have Yorkshire 224-8. The tail wagged a little before Steer finished the innings off by taking two more wickets and Yorkshire were finally all out for 247.
Given the excellence of the pitch Devon felt 247 was achievable if they batted to their potential and had a good start, something which they have struggled to do all season. Jamie Telford showed the grit determination and character he has all season by battling hard for an excellent 45. Unfortunately he lost Dan Pyle and Jake Reddick early and Devon were 9-2 in the 3rd over. Telford and Ben Green then put on 88 in 19 overs to put Devon in a good position. Telford was out stumped but Green started to bat like has the majority of the season before he clipped a ball to mid wicket for a well made 36. Ben Steer and William Thompson put on 40 in 5 overs until Thompson was bowled by a straight well pitch up ball. Charlie Barriball was next in and he and Steer put on 51 in 12 overs but when Barriball tried to hit over mid on he failed and was caught for 16. Soon after Steer perished for a well played 60 and it was more or less game over but the Devon lower order fought hard and they finished all out for 229, just 18 runs short.
Manager Jon Mears said, “I have really enjoyed the season and the lads company and they have done themselves, their parents and Devon cricket proud. We have played some good cricket, when it finally stopped raining, and I wish them all well for next season.”
Yorkshire: 247 all out (Steer 4-43, Codd 2-36, Goodey 2-37)
Devon: 229 all out (Steer 60, Telford 45, Green 36)
Yorkshire won by 18 runs
Devon Under 12’s Win their Taunton Festival
Devon Under 12’s season culminated in victory at the ESCA County Festival at King’s College, Taunton. In a strong group with First Class Counties Lancashire, Hampshire, Surrey, Gloucestershire and South African side St. Stithians they remained unbeaten throughout the week.
Day one saw Devon put in to bat against Lancashire. The weather forecast was poor, and the pitch already wet from heavy overnight rain. Devon struggled against tight Lancashire bowling and only Ashley Causey with 35 scored heavily. When the heavens opened, and play was abandoned, Devon were 78-4 with only 8 of their overs left.
Devon 78-4 (Causey 35) Lancashire DNB
Day 2 and heavy early morning rain put paid to any hope of playing a 50 over game on grass, but the Astroturf was playable. A 20 over game ensued against St.Stithians. The strong South African side scored 170 from their allotted overs with leggie Leon Horn being the pick of the bowlers with 2-18 from his 3 overs. There were two wickets each for Kazi Szymanski and Monty Crowe. Bowling the opposition out meant full bonus points and a victory would give the team maximum points. Mikey Cooper set the tone with a 6 from the first ball. He went on to score a quick 43 and Kazi Szymanski showed his hitting power with an imperious 72. It took an exceptional catch on the boundary to dismiss him. James Bovey, visibly nervous, then entered the fray and hit the fourth ball of the final to the midwicket boundary for a four and an excellent four wicket victory.
St.Stithians: 170 (Horn 2-18)
Devon won by 9 wickets (Szymanski 72, Cooper 43)
Next up were Hampshire who had already beaten Devon earlier in the season. In a game reduced to 40 overs a-side a fine bowling and fielding exhibition saw Hampshire restricted to 127-7. Leon Horn again impressed with 2-17 from 8 overs and was well supported by Jack Gibbs (2-18). The Devon response looked in tatters at 14-4, but two of the previous days heroes came to the rescue. Bovey and Szymanski resisted everything and took the score in to the 80’s before Bovey was dismissed. Skipper Sam Maunder (17*) joined Szymanski (57*) to see his team home.
Hampshire 127-7 (Horn 2-17, Gibbs 2-18)
Devon: 128-6 (Szymanski 57*)
Devon won by 4 wickets
Thursday’s game against Surrey was key. Neither side could afford to lose if they wanted to challenge for the trophy. In another game restricted to 40 overs Surrey batted first and constructed a challenging 147-5 from their 40 overs. Szymanski was the pick of the bowlers with 2-22 from 7 overs, with off spinner Chris Yabsley frugal with 1-24 from 8. In reply a 2nd wicket stand of 82 between Tom Williams (43) and Tom Lammonby (35) set Devon up with a run chase of 55 from the last 10 overs, with 8 wickets in hand. This proved too big. Under pressure the side subsided to 131-8. This meant that the final day equation was simple. Devon had to win, with maximum points and hope that Surrey beat St. Stithians on the adjoining pitch.
Surrey: 147-5 (Szymanski 2-22)
Devon: 131-8 (Williams 43, Lammonby 35)
Gloucestershire were the opponents. They too had beaten Devon this season. Put in to bat Devon needed, they thought, 175 to get maximum points in 50 overs. The outfield was very slow and scoring quickly difficult. Openers Monty Crowe (26) and Causey (22) laid the foundation. Cameo knocks from Tom Lammonby (32), Sam Maunder (21) and the in form Szymanski (27*) saw the final total reach 171-5. At lunch Devon discovered that, because of wet conditions, maximum bonus points for runs were awarded at 150. This, along with the news that Surrey had dismissed their opponents for 127, meant there was hope in the Devon camp.
Gloucestershire were soon behind the run rate and intent on achieving a draw. With 14 overs left, they were 67-4 and looking comfortable. It took a stunning slip catch by Maunder, off Szymanski, to change the game. Tom Williams then changed ends and took 3 wickets with his left arm spin, aided by Mikey Cooper behind the stumps. The momentum was with Devon and they wrapped up victory with 9 overs to spare. There was a nervous wait as the points were checked. Surrey had won their game and Devon were presented with the Festival Shield by former England bowler Andy Caddick and Somerset’s Craig Meschede. This was first time this trophy had been won by Devon Under 12’s. A hat trick as this squad had won the U10 and U11 Festival in the last two years.
Devon: 171-5 (Lammonby 32, Szymanski 27*)
Gloucestershire: 116 all out
Devon won by 55 runs
Huxtable and Davies Outstanding for Devon Under 19’s
For every coach and manager of any cricket team there are days when you wonder why you give up so much time and effort for what seems little reward. Most of the Devon managers this year have had games cancelled or curtailed due to the awful weather, seen simple catches dropped, many wides bowled and batsman give their wicket away when well set. Even Andy Flower has a player causing him distress after scoring 149! For Martin Webb he has to book B&B’s for overnight stays, drive the mini-bus and keep the scorer (Elizabeth his wife) happy as well! But there are days when they are reminded why they do the job and the Under 19 game against Wiltshire at Axminster was one such game for Martin.
On a beautiful summer’s day and on a belter of a pitch he saw his Devon side rattle up a score of 324-2 off 50 overs at a rate of 6.48. The Exmouth pair of Barney Huxtable and Rhys Davies put on 216 for the 2nd wicket, just ten shy of the all –time record for the Under 19’s. Captain Huxtable scored a majestic 123 not out off 138 balls, hitting sixteen fours and two sixes. Davies was even more explosive in hitting his 112 which included twelve fours and six cleanly hit sixes off 120 balls. Wiltshire gave the chase a real good go and were finally all out off the last ball of their 50 overs for a very commendable 296. George Yates took 3-47. “It was Devon Youth cricket at its best,” said a delighted Webb.
Devon: 324-2 (Huxtable 123*, Davies 112, Bryan 29*)
Wiltshire: 296 all out (Yates 3-47)
Devon won by 28 runs
Devon Under 11’s Lose to Wiltshire Under 11’s
Devon Under 11’s dodged the showers at Exmouth to get a game in against Wiltshire before they went off to their Taunton Festival. Devon won the toss and decided to bat first on a covered dry wicket. A good steady start was gained for Devon as opener James Degg capitalised on the few bad balls bowled. At the halfway stage all ten Devon wickets were intact. Degg went LBW for a well constructed 27 and Captain Max Mezjner came and went for a quick-fire 15 which brought Devon Under 10 captain Jack Moore came to the crease. On the back of his 96 against Cornwall for Devon Under 10’s he quickly moved the score on and aided by Jonty Walliker Devon posted a decent target of 134-5.
Wiltshire started very positively and posted 38 after just 10 overs. Moore removed both openers in successive overs to pin back the onslaught and continual bowling changes were made to unsettle the Wiltshire line up. At 99-6 after 25 overs the game was in the balance. Devon unfortunately were unable to take a couple of chances and Wiltshire went past the Devon total with 4 overs to spare.
Devon: 134-5 (Moore 38, Degg 27, Walliker 27)
Wiltshire: 135-6 (Moore 2-13)
Wiltshire won by 4 wickets
Devon Under 10’s Too Strong For Herefordshire
The Devon Under 10’s travelled to Pentland Gardens to play Herefordshire. The hosts won the toss and asked Devon to bat. This seemed a good decision as they soon struck in the 5th over. It was further reinforced by two more wickets in the 7thand 8th overs. Devon slumped to 47-4 in the 12th and knew they had some rebuilding to do to hold onto their unbeaten record this season. A steady partnership for the next wicket saw Devon back on track and another half century by opener Luke Medlock restored some respectability to Devon’s score. A super cameo from wicketkeeper Freddie Ford helped to push Devon’s total to 156-8 off their allotted 35 overs.
Herefordshire made a steady start and reached 33-0 off 10 overs. It was the introduction of left arm spinner Will Oxland that changed things and two quick wickets changed the game. Thereafter wickets fell at regular intervals and Herefordshire struggled to make any headway and reached just 83-6 after the 35 overs failing to reach 2/3 of the Devon total.
Manager Ted Ashman said, “This was a gutsy performance from the Devon youngsters on a hot afternoon.”
Devon: 156-8(Medlock 57, Ford 29)
Herefordshire: 83-6 (Oxland 2-12)
Green and Fitzroy’s Partnership The Key as Devon Under 14’s Beat Cornwall
On a difficult pitch at Paul CC, Cornwall, it was a 6th wicket partnership of 60 between Ben Green (60) and Charlie Fitzroy (26) that proved to be the decisive one of the match as Devon complied 157 all out. Coming in at 34-5 Fitzroy proved why he deserved his place in the side as a newcomer this season by supporting the in-form Green with skill and determination. With some good runs for the tail as well Devon probably scored 30 or 40 more than they expected at the halfway stage.
Captain Codd was the pick of the Devon bowlers as his off-spin took 3-23 and he was backed up by some excellent catching including a stunning effort by Jake Reddick as Cornwall subsided from 50-4 to 109 all out in the 40th over.
Devon Under 17’s Lose Two Day Game v Worcestershire but get Revenge in 50 Over Clash
The Devon Under 17’s travelled to Worcestershire to take on their Under 17 counterparts in a two day game followed by a 50 over one day game. Chasing Worcestershire’s first innings total of 255 all out Devon were bowled out for 217 and therefore lost out on the first innings lead rule and only picked up eight points to Worcestershire’s nineteen. Notable performances came from Jack Popham with 3-45 and Dom Bess with 3-52 whilst Samuel Wyatt-Haines continued his good form with 59. Worcestershire had time for a second innings and finished on 155-6 with off-spinner Jack Stephens taking 2-45.
Worcestershire: 255 all out (Popham 3-45, Bess 3-52) & 155 for 6 (Stephens 2-45)
Devon: 217 all out (Wyatt-Haines 59, Dart 37)
Worcestershire won on first innings lead
In the 50 over game Worcestershire were restricted to 199-8. Quick bowler Hallam Kerton took 2-29 whilst Bess spun his way to 2-28 off his ten overs. Chasing down the total was not a problem as Devon won with more than eight overs to spare. Wyatt-Haines top scored with an undefeated 49 whilst Rhys Davies scored a rapid 45 off 40 balls which included three big sixes.
Worcestershire: 199-8 (Kerton 2-29, Bess 2-28)
Devon: 200-4 (Wyatt-Haines 49*, Davies 45, Higgs 32)
Devon won by 6 wickets
Devon Under 10’s Remain Unbeaten
Devon Under 10’s won the toss of their penultimate game and on a hard track asked their visitors, Hampshire, to bat. Hampshire made a good start and were 33-0 after 8 overs. Captain Jack Moore brought himself on to take the first wicket and then he handed over to the spinners. Max Hancock led the spinning attack superbly and was helped by Will Oxland and Will Scott-Munden. Between them they bowled 20 overs and took 6 wickets ripping the heart out of the Hampshire innings. Oliver Hannam came on to finish the tail and Hampshire closed on 73all out in the 32nd over. With a low total to defend Devon lost quick wickets due to some poor running between the wickets and they quickly found themselves 37-4 after 9 overs. Once again Moore steadied the innings and carried Devon past the finishing line without losing any further wickets with solid support from Hannam.
Manager Ted Ashman said, “This was another good, solid performance by the side.”
Hampshire: 73 all out (Hancock 4-11, Hannam 2-5)
Devon: 74-4 (Moore 38*)
Devon won by 6 wickets
Devon Under 15’s Lose to Hampshire In The ECB Cup But Beat Wales To Finish 2nd In Div 1 Of The ECB Championship
Devon’s final game in the ECB Championship against Wales was reduced to 40 overs per side after heavy rain at Heathcoat CC. Wales were put in by Devon and made a good start and got to the first drinks break after 20 overs with 81 for 3 on the board.
Alan Swift felt his team deserved to finish runners up to Hampshire in the Championship. “In the end this was a well merited win which ensured that we finished second in our group behind a very good Hampshire side. Jack Maunder not only kept well all season but also finished with an average of 49 so he can be very pleased with his season,” said the delighted manager.
Week ending 7th August
Green Prolific at Under 14 Festival
Ben Green had a Taunton Festival to remember as he racked up 365 runs over five games at an average of 91.25. He started off with a brilliant 96 as the Devon Under 14’s tried to chase down Derbyshire’s par score 247-8. After a disappointing bowling and fielding display with only Bradley Causey having any control Devon couldn’t have got off to a worse start as they were soon 2-2. Green’s partnerships off 53 with Charlie Barriball (4) for the 4th wicket and 41with Jamie Telford (20) for the 7th stopped the rot but it was a magnificent 83 run partnership with Charlie Fitzroy (25*) for the 9th wicket that got Devon down to 12 needed off the final 12 balls. Unfortunately Green’s dismissal saw Devon having to settle for the draw 5 runs short with 1 wicket in hand at the end of a brilliant fight back.
Derbyshire: 247- 8 (Causey 2-19)
Devon: 242-9 (Green 96)
Devon losing draw with Derbyshire
Day 2 saw Devon batting first against Gloucestershire. After a steady start a partnership of 62 between Toby Codd (25) and Ben Steer (74) and then one of 83 between Steer and Green (67) allowed Will Thompson to free his arms and smash 44 off 22 balls to get Devon up to a competitive 265-6. Causey again had a good game with the ball as he took two early wickets in two balls to have Gloucestershire reeling at 14-3. Gloucestershire did well to re-build their innings but could never get up with the run rate required thanks to a much better performance in the field from Devon and they finished 84 runs short with 2 wickets in hand as Devon ran out with the bulk of the points in their winning draw.
Devon: 265-6 (Steer 74, Green 67, Thompson 44*)
Gloucestershire: 181-8 (Causey 4-28, Pyle 2-21)
Devon winning draw with Gloucestershire
Devon came up against some very talented Yorkshire batsmen on day 3 of the festival as the Tykes complied an imposing 258-5. The opening Yorkshire bowlers were impressive as well and soon had Devon 32-3. Again Green (31) steadied the ship and Fitzroy (35) played his best knock for Devon so far but it was the in-form Thompson who again impressed with a hard hitting 70 not out that got his team up to a respectable 188-7 and another losing draw.
Yorkshire: 258-5 (Codd 2-37)
Devon: 188-7 (Thompson 70*, Fitzroy 35, Green 31)
Devon losing draw with Yorkshire
Dropped catches cost Devon dear as Worcestershire scored 231-6 in the penultimate game of the week. Good bowling from Dan Goodey and Brad Causey (again) kept things in check and Devon felt that with a good start they could get close to chasing down the total. Unfortunately they again had a poor start to the innings and only Green got to grips with the tight Worcestershire bowling in scoring a mature 65 not out. Devon ended well short on 157-8 and had to be content with another losing draw.
Worcestershire: 231-6 (Causey 2-21, Goodey 2-45)
Devon: 157-8 (Green 65*, Telford 23, Codd 22)
Devon losing draw with Worcestershire
An exciting last game saw Dorset pull off a thrilling victory with an over to spare against the unbeaten Devon team. Earlier Green had finally brought up his maiden county hundred his form had so richly deserved. Not for the first time he had to come in and re-build the innings after another sticky start and he batted with great skill in his chanceless innings of 105. He was finally run out going for a quick single as Devon finished on 228-9. With Thompson (23) being the only other batsman to score more than 20 it put in to context what a fine knock it was from Green. Devon’s bowling lacked a cutting edge apart from Ben Steer’s three wickets as Dorset’s Will Caldwell hit a classy 86 not out to see his team home to a well deserved victory.
Devon: 228-9 (Green 105, Thompson 23)
Dorset: 229-5 (Steer 3-37)
Dorset won by 5 wickets.
Pyle and Green’s Partnership the Difference in an Excellent Victory Against Gloucestershire
With only three days rest the Devon Under 14’s were again in action, this time in an ECB County Championship game against Gloucestershire. On a difficult Bovey Tracey pitch it was the partnership of 96 between Dan Pyle (53) and Ben Green (49) that in the end proved to be the difference between the two sides. Pyle’s 50 was his first for the county and couldn’t have come at a better time as eight Devon batsman failed to score double figures. With only 181 to defend it needed a good bowling performance from the team and thanks mainly to skipper Toby Codd’s 4-19 and some excellent fielding which included a stunning reaction catch form Dan Wolf Devon ran out easy winners in the end by 72 runs.
Manager Jon Mears was delighted with the win so soon after a gruelling week at the Taunton Festival. “I was delighted for Dan to score his first fifty for the county. He has been given a new role as an opener this year and is growing in to the role nicely and Ben just continued with his fine form that he has shown all season. Most pleasing was the energy in the field considering how tired the boys were.”
Devon: 181-9 (Pyle 53, Green 49)
Gloucestershire: 109 all out (Codd 4-19, Goodey 2-19, Steer 2-26)
Devon won by 72 runs
Wales Woe As Devon Under 14’s Lose in Newport
Devon Under 14’s seventh game in twelve days proved to be a disappointing performance against their Wales counterparts in another ECB championship game. Devon won the toss and inserted Wales but despite two direct run outs Devon’s fielding, not surprisingly, lacked energy and too many singles were allowed. Devon lacked penetration with their faster bowlers, with Ben Green’s bad back not helping the cause, meaning he had to bowl off spin. Medium pacer Dan Wolf had his best game of the season with the ball and most of the bowlers were economical but overall there was a lack of wicket taking potential which allowed the Wales batsmen to compile a competitive but gettable target. What followed was a very frustrating batting display as again the early order struggled to keep up with the required rate which put too much pressure on the middle and lower order. William Thompson (29) hit a couple of sixes but was caught in the deep going for another and apart from Charlie Barriball, with 34, the rest of the batting couldn’t get going.
“This felt like a game too many in such a short period of time for the lads,” said a disappointed manager, Jon Mears.
Wales: 187-6 (Wolf 1-14)
Devon: 147 all out (Barriball 34, Thompson 29, Codd 24)
Devon lost by 40 runs
A Great win for the Devon Under 12’s against Berkshire
The Devon Under 12’s put in a fine all round performance against Berkshire. The victory was based around an excellent 106 run opening partnership between Woodbury's Michael Cooper and Ashburton's Ash Causey. This was Cooper's maiden county fifty. And there were also useful contributions from Maunder and Szymanski which helped to get Devon to a challenging total of 199 off their 40 overs.
In reply Berkshire were 73-0 at the halfway stage but Devon exerted huge scoreboard pressure and James Bovey took two vital wickets before Cooper effected two run outs from his wicket keeping position as Berkshire tried to run everything as they tried to chase down the total but on the end Devon ran out winners by 25 runs.
Manager Nigel Ashplant was particularly pleased for Cooper who is in his first season for Devon. "Mikey has threatened a big score and today he delivered. He also showed hitherto hidden talent when he took the keeping gloves for the last 20 overs. The whole team responded well under pressure today, and it was a fine team performance."
Devon: 199-8 (Cooper 66, Causey 44, Maunder 30, Szymanski 29)
Berkshire 174-7 (Szymanski 2-28, Bovey 2-11)
Devon won by 25 runs
Devon Under 10’s Thrash Cornwall
Batting first at St Minver CC the Devon openers had a steady start putting on 48 before the partnership was broken. This brought captain Jack Moore to the crease who played magnificently. He soon lost opener Max Hancock for a very good 29 but that didn’t slow down the scoring rate as he was joined by Cole Harford and the innings changed up another gear. The pair ran extremely well between the wickets and both played shots that were a joy to watch. In 16 overs the pair added a partnership of 96 to the Devon total before Cole went for a well constructed 33. Moore continued to play some incredible shots all around the ground and marched on to 94 with one over to go. A maiden century look assured but Moore missed the third ball and was bowled for a magnificent 96. Moore departed to a standing ovation disappointed to have missed his hundred but pleased to have surpassed his previous Devon best of 58 against Cornwall last year. Devon finished on 207-5 off their 40 overs. Cornwall’s reply got off to a sticky start as in the third over William Oxland took two wickets in two balls which Oxland repeated two overs later. This left Cornwall reeling on 5-4 after seven overs. Cornwall did well to bat 35 overs but could only manage 59 runs before being bowled out.
Manager Ted Ashman was full of praise for his captain Moore. “Jack is a very fine cricketer for his age and it was a pleasure to watch his innings. I’m sure a maiden century will come very soon and will be the first of many.”
Devon: 207-5 (Moore 96, Harford 33, Hancock 29)
Cornwall: 59 all out (Oxland 4-6)
Devon won by 148 runs
Kerton Keeps Devon Under 17’s On Track To Win Their Division
A brilliant maiden Devon fifty by opening bowler Hallam Kerton, followed up by two wickets, helped Devon Under 17’s to draw with Wales and to maintain their chances of winning their division. Going in at 202-6 Kerton hit eight 4’s and one 6 which guided his team to 285 all out Kerton built on good work from skipper Josh Mailing who stroked a classy 67 and ‘keeper Rhys Davies’s 46 compiled in his usual positive manner but it was a record 9th wicket stand of 66 between Kerton and his new ball partner Jack Popham (17*) that took the total to a defendable one. Wales finished on 229-6 when the overs ran out which meant that both teams obtained eight points from the match. Jamie Stephens again bowled his off-spin with great control to take 3-60.
Harrison-Hooton and Richardson Put on 171 as Devon under 16’s Win by 9 Wickets
Macaulay Harrison-Hooton and Tom Richardson put on one hundred and seventy-one runs for the second wicket to lead Devon to a nine wicket win against Cornwall at Cornwood Cricket Club. On winning the toss Cornwall batted and due to two rain breaks the game was reduced to thirty-eight overs a side. They posted 192-3 and for the third time this summer the Devon side struggled to take wickets. It was three fine catches, one spectacularly good by Ollie Sale that took the three that fell. Opener Harry Choules was dismissed with Devon on twenty-five but the second wicket pairing scored at a tremendous pace. Harrision-Hooton's strike rate was 108.14 and Richardson 72.48. This was the third highest Under Sixteen second wicket partnership in Devon history. Harrison-Hooton was on target for a maiden county ton (93 off 86) whilst Richardson (79 off 109) provided excellent support. Devon had seventeen balls to spare when the winning runs were hit.
WEEK ENDING 29TH JULY 2012
Devon Under 11’s beat Gloucestershire Under 11’s Convincingly
A lovely warm sunny day welcomed only the third game from eight scheduled this season to be played for Devon Under 11’s due to the appalling weather. A great opening spell from openers Kersley Sutton and Jonty Walliker left the visitors 18-0 after 10 overs. Captain Max Mezjner took the first wicket and this was supported by Sam Carpenter who took the next. At the midway point Gloucester were 40-2 after 20 overs. The bowling was rotated between spin and pace and wickets fell at regular intervals with Jack Moore taking two wickets in two balls aided by keeper James Degg who bagged 2 stumpings and a catch in the innings.
Devon responded positively to the run chase despite an early run out and quickly found themselves on 29-1 after 10 overs. Jack Smyly and Max Mezjner put on a partnership of 35 runs before Mezjner was bowled. This brought Jack Moore to the crease who stayed at the crease for an hour ensuring Devon got home with 8 overs to spare.
Gloucestershire: 90-9 off 40overs (Carpenter 3-14, Moore 2-10)
Devon: 91-6 off 31.5ov (Moore 30, Mezjner 21)
Devon Under 13’s Walloped by Wiltshire Under13’s
Devon Under 13’s suffered a heavy and disappointing defeat in their latest ECB championship game against Wiltshire.
Devon were asked to bat at the picturesque Steeple Langford CC ground.
A couple of heavy showers made batting a little difficult on a wet and sometimes low wicket but that was no excuse for some of the shot selection as the visitors were skittled out for just 89 in the 31st over.
Only Billy Rudolph, who grafted for 110 minutes and faced 83 balls for his 32, showed any real application. Next best was 17 from Ben Phillips. No other Devon batsman reached double figures.
Wiltshire made light work of the run-chase winning with 21 overs to spare and for the loss of just one wicket.
Manager Jim Parker said: “This was an extremely disappointing result. We made great strides and showed some real spirit against Berkshire the week before. We seem to take one step forward and two steps back but just hope the group are learning by their mistakes. Credit must go to Billy. We probably had the worst of the conditions but the boys know we should have done a lot, lot better. That game has gone now and we must pick up ourselves for our last ECB game against Gloucester and the forthcoming festival at King’s College, Taunton. “
Devon: 89 (Rudolph 32)
Wiltshire won by nine wickets.
Devon Under 12’s Lose Tight Game Against Gloucestershire Under 12’s but are soundly beaten by Hampshire Under 12’s
On a boiling hot day the Devon Under 12’s pushed their Gloucestershire counterparts all the way but lost with only eight balls to go. Batting first Devon owed their total of 180-2 thanks mainly to a 96 run partnership for the third wicket between Ashley Causey (71*) and Sam Maunder (47*). Although opening bowler Kazi Szymanski bowled with his usual accuracy to take 3-16 Devon’s spinners could not contain the Gloucestershire batsmen as they got home with four wickets to spare. Manager Nigel Ashplant said, “It was a disappointing end to a day which promised much. There were several plusses including the partnership between Ash and Sam and the bowling of Kazi. We also ran between the wickets very well. There are things to work on such as rotating the strike against good spinners and learning how to bowl to batters who sweep and managing our fielding under pressure.”
Devon: 180-2 (Causey 71*, Maunder 47*)
Gloucestershire 181-6 (Szymanski 3-16)
Gloucestershire won by 6 wickets
Devon elected to bowl first on a damp wicket against Hampshire Under 12’s, but were unable to exert any early control. Hampshire reached 74 without loss before off spinner Chris Yabsley dismissed both openers. With leg spinner Leon Horn taking 3 wickets at the other end Devon reduced the visitors to 131-7 but the rest of the bowling was unable to press home their advantage and Devon allowed Hampshire to reach 197. Devon shuffled their batting order to give opportunities to those who have been limited by the wet summer and despite a belligerent 32 from James Bovey it needed Sam Maunder and Tom Williams, who had both dropped down the order, to give the score some respectability. They put on 52 for the 9th wicket but Devon eventually succumbed to 128 all out.
Hampshire: 197 all out (Yabsley 3-19, Horn 3-39)
Devon: 128 all out (Maunder 24*, James Bovey 32)
Hampshire won by 69 runs
Devon Under 17’s lose 50 over game v Somerset Under 17’s but get the best of a draw in the 2 Day Game
The appalling number of wides bowled by the Devon Under 17 bowlers came back to haunt them as they lost by 43 runs as they tried to chase down the 239- 7 set by Somerset. The 37 wides plus 3 no balls were basically the difference between the two sides as Devon finished 43 runs short in their run chase. Bowling first Devon had Somerset under the cosh at 131-6 but an excellent 7th wicket stand of 94 off 16 overs saw the home side to a competitive total. Once again Samuel Wyatt-Haines was Devon’s main run scorer as he continued his excellent run of form with a fine 68 but with only skipper Josh Mailing and Ryan Rickard scoring more than 30 Devon couldn’t make up for their wayward bowling effort and they were finally all out with more than 3 overs to spare.
Somerset: 239-7 (Mailing 2-46)
Devon: 196 all out (Wyatt-Haines 68, Mailing 33, Rickard 30)
Devon lost by 43 runs
A much improved bowling performance from the Devon backed up by some exceptional slip catching saw Somerset slip to 101-9 in the following two day game at Taunton Vale CC. What followed was a truly remarkable last wicket partnership between Godmon, who was on thirty-one, and Veal. Nearly four hours later on the second morning they were still together! Astonishingly 231 were added for the last wicket with Godmon finishing on a magnificent 173 not out and Veal finally out for a brilliant 73. Somerset were all out for 332 off 115.5 overs. Devon’s best bowling figures were Hallam Kerton’s 4-87 who was backed up excellently by newcomer Jamie Stephens from Tavistock who bowled his off-spin with great control to take 2-52 off 23.5 overs.
Devon had 88 overs to try and get a first innings lead, which would earn them a 10 point bonus and they fell agonisingly 18 runs short with 2wickets in hand when time ran out. It was a good all-round batting scorecard with nine batsmen all getting in to double figures but it lacked the one big innings needed with the top score being 45 from Rhys Davies.
Somerset: 332 all out (Kerton 4-87, Popham 3-61, Stephens 2-52)
Devon: 314-8 (Davies 45, Higgs37, Mailing 35, Penrice 35)
Devon 11 points, Somerset 9 points
Week ending 22nd July 2012
Devon Under 10’s Runners-Up at the King’s Taunton Festival
The Devon Under 10’s had a good King’s Taunton festival finishing runners-up to Middlesex
Team manager Nigel Ashplant was full of praise "This was a great performance from the whole team, led by a sparkling innings of controlled hitting from Kazi. In this form he is difficult for any side to contain. Our fielding and bowling was much improved and the side now knows the level it can perform at. The trick will be doing it consistently"
Wales: 145-5 (Szymanski 2-27, Yabsley 8-3-11-1)
Devon: 146-6 (Szymanski 49*, Causey 20, Crowe 18)
Devon won by 4 wickets
Devon Under 13’s Beat Gwent but lose to Berkshire
Devon’s Under 13’s dodged between the showers to record a win over Gwent in a friendly at Brixham CC. Ben Philips took the batting honours with an impressive 76no as Devon posted a first innings total of 184-7. Philips’ knock included 10 fours with an array of impressive, attacking shots, especially straight drives. Alex Hannam chipped in with a valuable 21no at the end of the innings for the home county. Gwent were restricted to 149-8 in their 40 overs. Spinners Jack Lockwood (2-12) and Harry Ward (2-18) took the pace off the ball well to turn the game Devon’s way.
Devon 184-7 (Phillips 76no, Hannam 21no),
Gwent 149-8 (Lockwood 2-12, Ward 2-18)
Devon won by 35 runs
It was back to the serious stuff and an ECB encounter with Berkshire at Barton CC. The visitors opted to bat first and ran up a formidable total of 189-6 from their 40 overs. Opening bowlers Ollie Reed (2-42) and Alex Hartridge (2-18) bowled well early on to make some in-roads into the Berkshire batting order, but the visitors put the pressure on late on and probably scored 30 or so runs too many in their last 10 overs.
Devon openers Noah Wright (35) and Harvey Sargent got Devon off to a flying start. When Wright went it was left to Sidmouth’s Sargent to try to lead Devon home to victory. He ended up with a patient 58 from 72 balls and spanning 105 minutes. When he was given out LBW, Devon suffered a batting collapse with only one other player reaching double figures. Last pair Ollie Reed and Alex Hartridge fought right to the end as the Berkshire finger nails became shorter and shorter but the hosts eventually finished 10 runs short.
Manager Jim Parker said: “It was encouraging to see Ben putting into practice what we had focussed on during the winter in his innings against Gwent and Harry and Jack showed the importance of using spin. The Berkshire defeat was obviously disappointing but there were some real positives to come from the game. Harvey batted extremely well and Ollie and Alex showed a lot of pace early on. It was also good to see the side not going down without a fight – something which may not have happened this time last year.”
Berkshire: 189-6 (Reed 2-42, Hartridge 2-21)
Devon 179: (Sargent 58, Wright 35).
Berkshire won by 10 runs.
by 3 points. Their first game was against Berkshire on a damp pitch and under leaden skies. Devon openers Luke Medlock and Will Scott-Munden put on a solid 37 for the first wicket. At half way Devon were 56-2 thanks to a good partnership between twins Luke and Cole Harford. Luke was caught for a top score of 29. Some great boundaries by Ollie Hannam (23) pushed Devon to a respectable first day score of 147-7 at the end of their overs. Unfortunately Berkshire didn’t get a chance to bat for long as the heavens opened and play was abandoned for the day with them on 7-0.
Middlesex 197 all out (W Scott-Munden 3-38)
Devon 146-9 (Moore 29, White 29, Read 21*)
Middlesex winning draw
Devon replied with purpose despite this being the final day of a tiring festival. Cole Harford was lost in the 6th over but this was the only wicket to fall in the run chase. Luke Medlock and Jack Moore put on a match winning partnership of 111 in just 21 overs with a magnificent display of stroke play despite Surrey deploying nine bowlers to try and break the partnership. Luke was unbeaten on 64 and Jack was unbeaten on 33. This batting display was a joy to see and even the Surrey parents enjoyed the stroke play and were extremely complimentary about the efforts they saw.
Manger Ted Ashman said, “It was a superb effort from start to finish from the Devon team led by Jack Moore who was making his third under 10 festival appearance. The team played better with each day and I was very proud of them.”
Surrey 126-8 (Hagan-Burt 2-14, Oxland 2-16)
Devon 127-1 (Medlock64*, Moore 33*)
Devon won by 9 wickets
Popham and Wyatt-Haines Magnificent As Devon Under 17’s Beat Hampshire Under 17’s
Devon under 17s beat Hampshire in a rain affected game two day game at Torquay. They bowled their opponents out for 196 in 62 overs with Barnstaple’s Jack Popham taking 5-59 off seventeen overs with excellent back up from Sidmouth’s off-spinner, Dom Bess (3-46). They were well supported in the field with Jack Dart taking two fine catches.
Devon had already lost opener Ben Stein to a hip injury sustained in the field and were soon two men down as Mawgan Penrice was rushed to Torbay’s A & E with what transpired to be only a bruised instep. Luckily he was able to return for the second day’s play. Devon reached 94-2 at close of day one thanks to Rhys Davies and Samuel Wyatt-Haines who put on a vital stand of 58. On the second day Devon had another 50 overs to score the outstanding 102 needed for a first innings lead. They reached this target in the sixty-ninth over thanks to a partnership of 132 by Sam Wyatt-Haines and Jack Dart. Wyatt-Haines scored 108 which was his fourth century in his last five county innings. Dart scored a fine 46. This was the third highest under 17 stand for the fourth wicket in history. Devon then had 124 balls to score the 104 needed for two more bonus points but disappointingly only took one point before captain Josh Mailling called them in on 269 with eight balls unused. Penrice, who had fortunately been able to return to the crease, was unbeaten on 31.
Hampshire U17’s: 196 all out (Popham 5-59, Bess 3-46)
Devon U17’s: 269-6 (Wyatt-Haines 108, Dart 46, Davies 33, Penrice 31*)
Devon won on first innings lead
Maunder Marvellous but Under 15’s Fall Fifteen Short
Chasing down Hampshire Under 15’s 220-8 the Devon Under 15’s finished 15 runs short on 205 all out with 7 balls to spare in an exciting run chase at Sidmouth. This was hard on Devon wicket-keeper Jack Maunder who scored a superb 104 off 144 balls. Going it at number 3 he batted for 158 minutes before being the ninth man out with the score on 202. Not for the first time this season the rest of the Devon batting was found wanting as only Reid Mawdsley (23) scored more than 20.
Earlier Hampshire’s Andrew Gorvin had compiled a classy 109 off 121 balls as he helped his team set a challenging total off their 50 overs. The most successful Devon bowler was Ollie Dawe with four wickets and there were three run outs but despite these good moments the Devon fielding again was poor which it was in the previous game against Wales. This had proved to be costly then and did so again as Hampshire scored 51off their last 28 balls.
Manager Alan Swift was left frustrated by the lack of support for Maunder. “Jack batted with great skill and maturity but once again too many of the batsmen are struggling to find form which is not surprising considering how much cricket has been lost due to the weather. One more decent partnership and we might have won.”
Hampshire: 220-8 (Dawe 4-51)
Devon: 205 all out 48.5 overs (Maunder 104, Mawdsley 23)
Hampshire won by 15 runs
Super Szymanski Slays the Dragons
Devon Under 12’s took on Wales Under 12’s at Lewdown and were victorious by 4 wickets thanks to a superb all-round performance from in swing bowler and hard hitting batsman Kazi Szymanski. He was well supported by off spinner Chris Yabsley, who took 1-11 from his 8 overs, and a scintillating fielding performance led by Leon Horn.
Szymanski made light of the target with 49 not out from 30 balls with 6 fours. He was well supported by Monty Crowe (18) in a stand of 46, after Ash Causey (20) had laid the foundations.Week ending 15th July 2012
Powell and Ansley Nearly Achieve a Remarkable Comeback
Thanks to the efficiency and co-operation of the ground staff at Newport CC the Devon Under 15’s managed to get a prompt start against Wales Under 15’s despite the recent terrible weather.
Devon won the toss and chose to field first, thinking that the pitch might have some early life in it given the conditions and Ollie Dawe and Hugo Whitlock gave Devon a confident start with the ball and were unfortunate not to get some early wickets as both openers played and missed several times. However, Wales’ Thorpe and Harris played cautiously putting on 35 for the first wicket. Plymouth’s Dan Goodey, promoted from the Under 14s, was playing his first game for the Under 15’s and coped well in taking 1 for 39 from his 9 overs and was well supported by Jack Thomas (2-36) and Matt Skeemer (2-39).
For much of the Wales’ innings neither side was able to establish any ascendancy but it became clear that anything above 150 would be difficult to chase. Devon became ragged in the field as the Wales innings progressed which allowed Wales to reach 200 for 6 off their 50 overs. Thorpe showed excellent application in reaching a top score of 96 before being run out by a direct hit from Skeemer. The target would have been much lower if Devon had taken their catches particularly two opportunities to dismiss Thorpe.
Devon’s reply couldn’t have got off to a worse start as they soon collapsed to 10 for 5, due principally to some accurate seam bowling by Carey and Eakins (the latter finishing with 6 for29) which left Devon with the proverbial mountain to climb.
What followed was a remarkable stand of 120 by Dan Powell and Seb Ansley who contributed 71 and 65 respectively: a really outstanding performance, particularly in the context of the game. When Ansley was dismissed Devon were in with a real chance of securing a surprising victory. Dom Bess (22) and Powell put on 40 but when Powell went caught off his 130th ball Devon’s last three wickets fell for 9 runs to leave Wales winners by 21 runs.
Manager Alan Swift said, “We had 8 batsmen fail to get into double figures which really does show what a brilliant partnership Seb and Dan put on. Thank heaven they did as it could have been very embarrassing! They showed great heart and character but in the end Wales were just a little more clinical than us.”
Wales Under 15’s: 200-6 (Thomas 2-36, Skeemer 2-39)
Devon Under 15’s: 179 all out (Powell 71, Ansley 65)
Wales won by 21 runs
Wyatt-Haines hits 111* for Devon Under 16’s v Gloucester Under 16’s
(but rain has the final say!)
A brilliant 111 not out by captain Samuel Wyatt-Haines saw the Devon Under 16’s post a competitive 263-4 off 66 overs against their Gloucestershire counterparts. In reply Gloucestershire were 245-4 off 44 overs at the end of the first day of the two day game but as has come as the norm this summer the second day was completely washed out, leaving the result as a draw.
Wyatt-Haines came to the crease with the score on 72-3 and batted through to the end, hitting 9 fours and 4 sixes off 114 balls faced. Decline Lines supported his skipper sensibly scoring 33 not out as they put on 138 unbeaten for the fifth wicket.
Apart from opening fast bowler Ben Holmes (2-25) the Devon bowlers struggled on the excellent Instow pitch as Gloucestershire’s opening batman Tom Smith smashed the bowlers to all parts on his way to a magnificent 151not out off 124 balls before time was called at the end of the first day. He was unable to add to his total the next morning as the rains came and the game was called off. Added to his 4-87 Smith fully deserved the man of the match award.
Devon Under 15’s: 263-4 off 66 overs (Wyatt-Haines 111*, Lines 33* Higgs 32)
Gloucestershire Under 15’s: 245-4 (Holmes 2-25)
Match abandoned as a draw
WEEK ENDING 1ST JULY
Super Ben Steers Under 14’s to Victory
Thanks to the incredible hard work from Thorveton CC, after another appalling week of weather, Devon Under 14’s were able to get a full game in against Berkshire and were delighted to come away with a 23 run victory in a low scoring but hard fought game. Having been inserted Devon found batting difficult and no batsman was able to score more than Jake Reddick’s top score of 19 in a final total of 121 all out. At 52-1 it looked liked Berkshire were cruising to victory until captain Toby Codd brought himself on and his off spin proved to be the key to breaking the back of Berkshire’s batting line up. With Jamie Telford executing a brilliant leg side stumping of the medium pace of Dan Wolf Berkshire were soon 59-6. Ben Steer raped things up with 3 wickets in 2 overs to leave manager Jon Mears delighted with his team’s fighting spirit.
“We bowled straight, only one wide, our fielding was intense and of a high standard, something we had practiced over the winter, which together applied the pressure which in turn led to wickets falling and us winning,” said Mears.
Devon 121 all out ( J Reddick 19, D Pyle 18)
Berkshire 98 all out ( B Steer 3-24, T Codd 3-20)
Devon won by 23 runs.
Magnificent Maunder’s Innings in Vain
Devon Under 12’s game against Dorset at Axminster saw an exciting game finish with Dorset winning narrowly by 2 wickets as they chased down Devon’s 162-8. The home side’s innings was built around a tremendous innings of 78 from captain Sam Maunder. Maunder batted from the 8th over until the last ball of the innings and controlled the game. He was well supported by Ashley Causey in a stand of 68. In reply Dorset reached their target with 10 balls to spare. Kazi Szymanski was the pick of the bowlers with a hostile spell of 3-26 but Devon were left to regret that the top scorer for Dorset was extras with 51!
A disappointed Devon manager Nigel Ashplant said, "We batted well and Sam Maunder played superbly. His partnership with Ashley Causey was full of mature cricket and put us in to a position to control the game. Unfortunately we bowled poorly. 31 wides is too many at this level, and those runs, along with the 5 extra overs this gave Dorset, was the difference between winning and losing. It was especially disappointing as we had bowled so well, and with great control in our previous game.”
This is a good team, with a desire to do well, and I am sure they will go away and work on their bowling disciplines. I look forward to an improved performance in their next game on 15th July."
Devon 162-8 (Sam Maunder 78, Ashley Causey 21, Mikey Cooper 19)
Dorset 163-8 (Kazi Szymanski 3-26)
Dorset won by 2 wickets
Devon Under 19’s Defeat Worcestershire Academy
After winning the toss Devon Under 19’s elected to field against the Worcestershire County Academy side but did not field to the high standard they normally set themselves and chances were missed which would have been expected to have been taken. Debutant Will Squire entered the attack in the sixteenth over and with his eleventh ball he removed Worcestershire’s second team opener Carasco with Josh Mailling taking the catch. The Worcestershire captain Rhodes was holding his side together as Squire took his second and the side’s third wicket in the twenty-eighth over when Matt Kidd held Clarke on the rope. This brought another of a number of county second team players, Ollie Steele, to the crease. He had scored a century against the county at Exmouth in 2011. He is another talented player but lasted only twenty-three balls when Kidd took his first wicket with Rhys Davies taking a skyer. Four down with 115 on the board and nine overs left. The home side then scored at just under four and a half an over losing five more wickets as Devon dictated the play. Kidd took the next two wickets bowling Harris and trapping Joshi leg before. George Yates then took the remaining three wickets including the vital one of Rhodes caught by the ever reliable Matt Golding. His contribution had been an outstanding seventy-six ball sixty-two. This was the top score of the game. In the same over Yates then bowled Charwood and in his next over he dismissed Underwood in an identical fashion. The last pairing put on another couple of runs as Worcestershire finished on 156-9.
With captain Barney Huxtable going early Josh Mailling and number 3 Zack Bess then compiled the best partnership of the game putting on fifty-five. They looked in total control until Bess chanced the arm of mid wicket and was run out by a whisker with a direct hit. Mailling was batting very sensibly but lost a decidedly unwell Golding with eight still needed for the hundred. Devon reached three figures in the twenty-seventh over but in the next over Mailing went bowled trying to sweep and missing. With Rhys Davies batting intelligently he and Harry Booker comfortably put on the remaining fifty-two and the game was won. Davies struck a couple of trademark straight sixes which both ended up in the car park behind the pavilion. Davies was unbeaten on 35 and Booker 18 not out as Devon ran out decisive winners by 6 wickets.
Worcestershire CCC Academy: 156-9 (Kidd 3-22, Yates 3-29, Squire 2-29)
Devon Under 19’s: 157-4 (Mailing 33, Davies 35* Bess 26)
Devon won by 6 wickets.
Week ending 17th June 2012
Super Sargent Steers Under 13’s to Victory
Opener Harvey Sargent led the way as Devon under-13s secured their first ECB championship win of the season with a four-wicket victory over Dorset at Axminster. Sidmouth batsman Sargent’s 61 from 92 balls, which included 10 fours, was the platform for Devon’s successful run chase. Dorset were inserted and finished on 152-5 – a decent score on a challenging wicket due to the recent wet weather.Key to keeping the runs down was bowling full and straight – something Billy Rudolph (3-15) did exceptionally well for the home county who also gave a good all-round team performance in the field. Sargent and Abbotskerswell’s Noah Wright put on 44 for the first wicket. The partnership which really set Devon up for the win was for the third wicket when Sargent and Joe Hagan-Burt (18) came together for a 52-run stand. Rudolph (19no) was there at the end to complete a good day individually with both bat and ball, as Devon won in the 39th over.
Manager Jim Parker said: “This is just what the squad needed, a win to boost confidence and make the lads believe in themselves. Harvey batted extremely well and with great maturity, combining patience with putting away the bad ball which was absolutely key to batting on this kind of track. Billy also put in a good all-round performance. In a way it was good (not for Harvey, of course) that he got out because it meant other members of the team had to stand up and be counted which they did. They showed something for which I and coach Julian Wyatt have been looking since we started with them as under-12s last year – a bit of bottle. The goal now is to keep the momentum going and showing more of the same against Somerset.”
Dawe and Bess Sink Somerset
Devon Under 15’s managed to dodge the showers at Weston-Super-Mare to record a comprehensive win over neighbours Somerset in their ECB National competition. The victory was down mainly to a fine bowling performance especially from Ollie Dawe and Dom Bess who took four and three wickets respectively which saw Somerset bundled out for only 113 in 37.2 overs
Knocking off the runs wasn’t too difficult with opener Matt Skeemer scoring 33 and captain Jack Maunder scoring an undefeated 30 to see Devon home with only 31.5 overs gone.
Manager Alan Swift was surprised that Somerset chose to bat after winning the toss. “With all of the recent rain we were desperate to bowl first so when Somerset opted to bat first we were delighted but we still needed to bowl well which Ollie and Dom did. We also batted with good technique and skill so it was a very pleasing day all round.”
Devon Under 15s Start with a Victory
The Devon Under 15’s won their first game in Division One of the ECB Under 15 County Cup at North Devon Cricket club against Gloucestershire thanks mainly to a fine innings from skipper Marcus Hoddinott.
Manager Alan Swift was pleased to have started the season with a victory but feels that they will come up against stronger teams in the season. “ We looked a bit under-cooked and our middle order will need to contribute a lot more if we are to win against the stronger sides.”
Devon Under 12’s Frustrated by the Rain
Devon did well to get any sort of play against Cornwall. The goodwill of the opposition, positive action by the umpires and the St. Austell ground staff meant that the game started on time. Cornwall won the toss and decided to bat, in the belief that bowling and fielding would be difficult with a wet ball. Kaz Szymanski and Matt Parker(on debut) bowled tightly to restrict Cornwall to 18-0 from the first 10 overs.
The introduction of spin from Chris Yabsley changed the game, as he bowled an superb spell of 5 overs taking 3 for 3. James Bovey at the other end took 2-16 with his tight medium pace. Tom Williams then took over from off spinner Yabsley and took 2-7 with his slow left armers and Monty Crowe wrapped up the tail with a quick burst taking 3-7. Unfortunately heavy rain at tea prevented Devon batting.
Manager Nigel Ashplant was delighted with the bowling and fielding. He said, "This was a much improved performance from the week before. Wides were kept to a minimum, on a difficult day for bowling, and our fielding was much sharper. Ash Causey took two blinding catches in the slips and skipper Sam Maunder gave a virtuoso display behind the stumps.
It was a shame the weather closed in. The boys wanted to show how much they had learned from last week’s poor batting performance".
Result: Cornwall 66 all out (C.Yabsley 3-3, M.Crowe 3-7, T.Williams 2-7, J.Bovey 2-16)
Devon Did Not Bat
Match abandoned as a draw.
Week ending 3rd June 2012
Medlock Magnificent Again for Devon Under 10’s
Paignton’s Luke Medlock followed up his 6 wickets (including a hat-trick) last week with a magnificent 81 against Gwent. Medlock hit 15 fours and a six and along with an aggressive 53 not out from captain Jack Moore (Barnstable) and 31 from Barton’s Cole Harford saw Devon post an imposing 220-4 off 35 overs.
A fine spell of bowling from Plymouth’s Alfie Hagan- Burt (3-15) which saw him take a brilliant diving caught and bowled backed up by an even better catch by Harford saw Gwent bowled out for 86 leaving Devon winners by a massive 134 runs.
A delighted Devon manager, Ted Ashman, said, “This was an excellent performance by the team. There were three outstanding innings by Luke, Jack and Cole and our bowling was good backed up by some truly exceptional fielding.”
Devon 220-4 off 35 overs ( Medlock 81, Moore 53, Harford 31)
Gwent 86all out off 29.2 overs ( Hagan- Burt 3-15)
Devon won by 134 runs.
Under 12’s Narrowly Beat Oxfordshire
Devon Under 12's narrowly won their first game by 1 wicket at Barton against Oxfordshire. Having been put in to bat Oxfordshire were threatening a big total at 63-1 however tight bowling from spin duo Chris Yabsley and newcomer Lewdown’s Leon Horn put the brakes on and wickets were lost in the search for runs at the end of the innings. There were two wickets a piece on debut for Leon Horn and Exeter’s James Bovey.
In reply to Oxfordshire’s 112 Devon did their best to keep the game exciting. Poor shot selection and running between the wickets meant the last pair were at the wicket with 2 needed to win. A mature innings from Bovey Tracey’s Kazi Szymanski ( 24*) and a boundary from another debutant Callum Worth (Tavistock) saw Devon home.
Birthday boy Jack Gibbs (Newton Tracey) had a fine all round game, taking 2 wickets and top scoring with 27 runs.
Manager Nigel Ashplant reflected, "The team looked rusty, but still managed to win. There were plenty of positives, especially the performances of the debutants. There is plenty to work on as we bowled far too many wides, were guilty of poor shot selection and there was some comical running between the wickets.”
Oxfordshire 112 all out off 34 overs (Gibbs 2-7. Bovey 2-9 Horn 2-22)
Devon 116-9 off 27 overs (Gibbs 27, Szymanski 24*)
Devon won by 1 wicket
Devon Under 13’s started their ECB campaign with a disappointing eight wicket defeat in Hampshire. Devon's first innings total of 93 all out was never going to be challenging for a strong Hampshire side. Taking into account that nine Devon batsmen failed to reach double figures it was a relief that Abbotskerswell opener Noah Wright showed promise with 24 and that here was a bright knock of 31 from Jack Lockwood. The hosts had no problem knocking off the runs and won in the 24th over. Devon manager Jim Parker said: "This was a big test for the boys and we need to learn from the mistakes of too many poor shots at crucial times but there were some positives, notably Jack Lockwood who impressed with a good all-round performance. "
Devon 93 (Wright 24, Lockwood 31).
Devon lost by eight wickets.
Devon Under 14’s Rue Missed Opportunities
It was a very frustrating trip to Southampton for the Devon Under 14’s. After driving over 3 hours through heavy rain they arrived at Trojans cricket club to find that a pitch had not been prepared and that they were not expecting a game to be played there. This meant that the pitch used the day before had to be used and as it had been left uncovered winning the toss would be vital. Hampshire won the toss and inserted Devon who struggled on the damp surface. After 23 overs Devon were 33-2. Exeter’s Ben Green continued from where he left off the previous week and hit a very composed 73 not out in a final total of 149-5 off 45 overs. Plymouth’s Dan Goodey struck early and Bovey’s Ben Steer almost took a hat-trick but it was not enough as Hampshire managed to sneak home with four balls to spare with four wickets in hand.
Devon manager Jon Mears was left counting the small things that didn’t quite go Devon’s way. “We again bowled too many wides and didn’t take all of the half chances that came our way and we missed a few singles when we batted. However to push a good Hampshire side so close after we had the worst of the track and the worst of all the conditions bodes well for the rest of the season.”
Devon 149- 5 off 45 overs ( Green 73* Pyle 20)
Hampshire 150-6 off 44.2 overs (Goodey 2-23, Steer 2-23)
Hampshire won by 4 wickets
Week Ending 27th May 2012
Magnificent Medlock Destroys Dorset
A brilliant bowling display from Devon Under 10 opening bowler Luke Medlock from Paignton saw him take 6 wickets, including a hat-trick, to destroy the early Dorset Under 10 batting order. There was no let up from the other Devon bowlers either and Dorset collapsed to 25 all out off only 15.4 overs. Dorset had recovered from losing a wicket in the first over from Medlock to move onto 14-1 but in his 4th over he took two wickets. Next over Plymouth’s Alfie Hagan-Burt took the 4th wicket to fall but even worse was to follow for Dorset as Medlock took a hat-trick in his next over to send them tumbling to 16-7. The brilliant bowling was backed up by sharp fielding and brilliant wicket keeping from Kingsbridge’s Freddie Ford. After 10 overs both opening bowlers were replaced by Devon’s two left arm spinners, Max Hancock (Sidmouth) and Will Oxland (Budleigh Salterton), who both enjoyed success. Max Hancock took a wicket in his third over and Will Oxland finished the innings in the 16th over bagging two wickets.
Devon lost an early wicket but skipper Jack Moore (Barnstable) and Plympton’s Will Scott Munden had no problem knocking off the runs in only 3.4 overs with Moore finishing on 15 not out and Scott-Munden on 7 not out.
Ted Ashman has seen a lot of great performances in his many years as Devon Under 10 manager but cannot remember a more convincing win or a game to finish so quickly. “Luke was almost unplayable and we couldn’t have wished for a better performance to start our season,” said Ashman.
Dorset: 25 all out off 15.5 overs (Medlock 6-4)
Devon: 26-1 off 3.4
Green Stars in Under 14 Victory
Exeter’s Ben Green put in an all round match winning performance as the Devon Under 14’s got their season off to a convincing 8 wicket win against Gwent. Gwent scored 205- 5 off their 45 overs on a good pitch at Blundell’s school and Green had the best bowling figures of 3-39 off his eight overs. Going in at 93-2 Green put on a match winning stand of 116 with Bovey Tracey’s Ben Steer (43) to see Devon home with 14 balls to spare. A solid opening stand of 70 from skipper Toby Codd (33) and Dan Pyle (42) broke the back of the chase and Green’s weight of shot saw him increase the tempo nicely and saw him bring up his 50 off only 35 balls.
Manager Jon Mears said,” It was a very mature performance by the team, with Ben Green being particularly impressive with the pace and accuracy of his bowling and his ability to punish the bad ball when batting. My only criticism would be that we bowled too many wides which is something the boys need to rectify.”