Some Devon Highlights...
Although Tom was very unlucky to have an injury-hit 2018 season, which
deprived him of opportunities to captain England Under 19s in several
games, to play in the Somerset 2nd X1, and to star for Devon, he did,
however, manage to play sufficient cricket for Devon at the beginning
and end of the Championship campaign to achieve a remarkable batting
feat. He scored centuries in three consecutive innings, a feat rarely done
previously. He made 100s in each innings of the drawn game against
Wales at Sandford and a hundred in the match against Shropshire at
Bridgnorth and was not out 20 in the second innings when heavy rain
forced the abandonment of the game.
Jamie Stephens, a thoughtful cricketer, has steadily improved as a minor
county player over the three years he has been in the Devon side. He has
become increasingly confident as a middle order batsman. At Werrington
in July 2018, he took 6-92 and scored an excellent 97 against Cornwall,
whose players he knows well as he is captain of Falmouth CC. His off-spin
bowling was typically controlled and varied and in the season he took
29 Championship wickets at 22.8 on batter-friendly wickets, including a
career best of 7-58 against Berkshire at Falkland.
Three players thoroughly deserved the accolade in 2018. Jamie Stephens
was a model of consistency with bat and ball throughout the season.
Ben Green batted and bowled particularly well in the KO Trophy and T-20
competitions. The highlight was his restricting of Suffolk to 3 runs off the
last over in the KO Trophy semi-final to secure a place in the Wormsley
final, Alex Barrow batted with great skill and flair throughout the
season scoring excellent hundreds against Cornwall and Dorset in the
Championship in which he made 417 runs at an average of 67. He also
played a match winning innings of 97 in a T-20 against Dorset and 107 in
a KO Trophy match v Wiltshire at Sidmouth.
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