Lions take on South African tourists at Paignton on Wednesday

Harvey Sargent - in the Devon side to face tourists Waterkloof HS at Paignton

DEVON Lions play touring opposition on Wednesday when South African tourists Waterkloof High School are the guests at Paignton CC.

Will ChristophersWaterkloof from Pretoria have brought a squad of 25 players and six staff on the tour, which opens with a game against King’s, Taunton.

They are serious about their sport at Waterkloof as old boys include cricketer Hardus Viljoen, Springbok rugby players Rohan van Rensburg, Stefan Watermayer, Faf de Klerk and golfer Zander Vyfde.

Melinda Bam – Miss South Africa 2012 – is an old girl of the school.

The tourists will be test for Devon’s Lions, even though they should have an age and experience advantage. There is room for some developing players though, such as Sidmouth's 15-year-old keeper Tom Moore and Bovey Tracey's in-form 18-year-old batting all-rounder Will Christophers.

‘We know the school is a sporting and cricketing powerhouse and even though they are younger than some of our team there is quality in the side,’ said Lions’ director Tim Western.

‘I am happy we have a good blend of senior players like Toby Codd, Reid Mawdsley and Richard Foan along with some exciting young prospects.

‘I am keen to see how Reuben Forrester goes in his first game for the Lions.

‘Reuben is a young fast bowler we picked up on last year. He bowls around 70 mph already and has worked hard with Joel Murphy in one-to-one contact time in the nets.

Start time is 11.00 am at Queens Park and admission is free.

Devon Lions: R J Foan (Bradninch), HJ Sargent (Exeter), T P P Ansell (North Devon), R A Mawdsley (Heathcoat), T Moore (Sidmouth), H J Kerton (Plymouth), M P Skeemer (Cornwood), T R J Codd (Bovey Tracey), M J Petherbridge (Torquay), R Forrester (Hatherleigh), W R Christophers (Bovey Tracey).