Devon doing lots of things well despite winless start to Championship season says team chief Donohue
DEVON team chief Keith Donohue wants players and supporters to remember there was more to the six-run defeat by Oxfordshire than a last-day batting collapse.
Devon go into the Minor Counties Championship game against Cheshire starting at Sidmouth tomorrow still looking for their first win of the season in three-day cricket.
Needing 16 runs to win with five wickets in hand and a session and a half to go, Devon lost four wickets for six runs and a fifth three runs later to hand victory to Oxfordshire by six runs.
Donohue agrees it hasn’t been a great start to the season, but it hasn’t been a disaster either.
“Although there was a disappointing end to the Oxfordshire game, which we could have and should have won, we shouldn’t only focus on what’s not gone well,” said Donohue.
“Twice in the match we bowled out Oxfordshire well under 300 and got ourselves in a position to win the game.
“Things go wrong in sport all the time and that’s what happened to us at Banbury. We can’t change it but we can learn from it so when we get in that position again we go on to win.”
Devon’s batting was makeshift in places against Oxfordshire. Two of the three changes against Cheshire see specialist batters in the right places.
Bess was originally left out of the side but got his place back when Alex Barrow asked to be released to play for Gloucestershire 2nd XI next week.
Keeper-batter Matt Thompson is free from work duties at Millfield School and will bat at six. With Matt Golding and Zak Bess to follow – both owners of Minor Counties hundreds – the batting is a lot steelier.
Donohue said selection was difficult for the game as there are players pressing hard for places. He picked out Lions Development graduates Joe Thompson and Toby Cody as candidates who were on the short list.
“We see the Lions as our stepping stone into Minor Counties cricket and are looking for players to consistently perform there,” said Donohue.
“Joe and Toby have been scoring runs and taking wickets and are knocking hard on the door for a place in the side.”
Devon: T A Lammonby (both Exeter), L J Lewis, L F O Bess (both Sidmouth), J E Burke (Guildford), J J Bess (Sidmouth), M W Thompson (St Fagans), M C Golding (Bovey Tracey), Z G G Bess (Sidmouth), J A Stephens (Falmouth), H M Whitlock (Bovey Tracey), J V King (North Devon). 12th: H C B Ward (Paignton).
Cheshire: C Rowe, D N Leech, R A L Moore, W A White, T L Robinson, L F Dixon, W J Evans, J J Williams, C J White, D A Woods, H J Killoran.
Umpires: R C Hampshire & A J Wheeler.