Sidmouth to host Devon 50-over meeting with Somerset 2nd XI on Easter Sunday
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Devon team chief Keith Donohue is planning one last look at bowling options in Sunday’s 50-over friendly against Somerset 2nd XI at Sidmouth (11am), writes Conrad Sutcliffe.
Devon have lost seamer Trevor Anning from last year’s one-day side and look like starting the current season without Sidmouth pacer Zak Bess and North Devon’s Jack Popham.
Bess has a side strain and is unlikely to feature in the Unicorns Trophy game against Dorset at Instow on Sunday week.
Popham cracked a collar bone playing football and won’t be bowling fit for a couple of weeks.
Dan Goodey and Hugo Whitlock have been pressing their claims for a share of the new ball in the side with tidy spells in warm-up games against Hampshire and Gloucestershire 2nd XIs.
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Both stay in the squad for Sunday’s game, which also includes Sidmouth’s Scott Barlow for the first time in the warm-up phase.
Said Donohue: “Goodey and Whitlock have impressed in the first few games, building on what they did against Hampshire with fine spells in favourable conditions against Somerset at Tiverton.
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“Scott’s availability looks like being better this year and we want to get him back in the fold.”
Missing against Somerset will be opening batsman Rob Woodman and keeper-batter Matt Thompson, who have work commitments. As the top two run getters in the one-day cup last year, averaging 49 and 54 respectively, both are already penciled onto the teamsheet for Dorset.
Jack Dart and Josh King were the men of the moment for Devon in the three-wicket win over Gloucestershire 2nd XI at Heathcoat last Sunday.
Chasing 217 to win in the 50-over friendly, Devon got over the line with seven balls to spare, thanks to an unbeaten 50 from Dart and 21 not out from King in a stand of 58 unbroken to win the match with seven balls to spare.
Gloucestershire 216-9 (I A Cockbain 59, K Noema-Barnett 33, B A C Howell 22; J J Bess 2-49, H M Whitlock 3-27), Devon 217-7 (F R Trenouth 34, L F O Bess 32, J F S Dart 50no). Devon bt Gloucestershire 2nd XI by 3 wkts.
Devon v Somerset 2nd XI: L J Lewis (Sidmouth), F R Tremouth Millfield), A W Barrow (Exeter), D R Pyle (Exmouth), J J Bess (Sidmouth), M C Golding (Bovey Tracey), M H Curtis (Clevedon), J F S Dart (Heathcoat), D J Goodey (Plymouth), J A Stephens (Tavistock), J V King (North Devon), H M Whitlock (Bovey Tracey), S Barlow (Sidmouth).