Sargent lead Lions' charge to victory over Gloucestershire
DEVON Lions raced to a seven-wicket win over Gloucestershire Academy at Bovey Tracey in their final game of the season.
Gloucestershire were bowled out for 153 with four of their 50 overs to go – spin bowlers Toby Codd and Matt Petherbridge doing the damage.
Codd took four for 16 from 10 overs – five of them maidens – while Petherbridge had two for 11.
Dan Goodey and Jamie Drew bowled at less than three an over to keep the pressure on.
Devon hurtled to victory before the end of the 25th over in a chase anchored by Sidmouth’s Harvey Sargent
Sargent was third out with 26 needed to win having put on 44 with Reid Mawsdley (19) and 77 with Matt Skeemer (38) to get Devon that close.
Joe Thompson (18no) and Drew (12no) applied the finishing touches.
Tim Western, the coaching director for the Lions’ development project, said it was good to end the season with an emphatic win over strong opposition.
Western said it was the manner of the win that showed how the Lions programme is producing players of the future for the county side.
“Throughout last winter's programme, and throughout this season, we have impressed on the players the need to take their ground fielding to the next level,” said Western.
“Our catching was first-class with Harvey Sargent taking three and Joe Thompson taking two.
“We stopped everything in the infield and Gloucestershire's top order were put under a great deal of pressure.
All the bowlers played their part in knocking over Gloucestershire for just 153 when 280-300 looked a par score.
The three spinners of Codd, Petherbridge and Ward showed that the county has strength in depth in that department.
“Sargent and Mawdsley ran positively to put on 44 for the first wicket and then Matt Skeemer, Jamie Drew and Joe Thompson were ruthless in knocking off the remaining runs.
‘Skeemer, Mawdsley and Thompson showed their skill and ability as all-rounders and I hope are pushing for places in the one-day competition next season.”