Over-50s through to County Championship KO stages with three games to go

Steve Moore - five wickets for Devon in the win over Hampshire at Shobooke Park
Steve Moore - five wickets for Devon in the win over Hampshire at Shobooke Park

STEVE Luffman hit his second ton in a week to secure Devon’s place in the knockout round of the ECB Over-50s Championship.

Luffman, fresh from taking a ton off the Isle of Wight three days earlier, clobbered 108 as Devon totted up 305 for four against Hampshire at Shobrooke Park.

Spinners Steve Moore and Jeremy Christophers did the damage with the ball as Hampshire were bowled out for 98 en-route to a 205 run defeat.

Victory means Devon have qualified for a place in the last eight with three games to go, against Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset.

The incentive for Devon to keep winning is home advantage in the first knockout round.

Opener Simon Weale, an Oxford Blue and Combined Universities tourist earlier in the salad days of his career, was the only Devon batsman to miss out.

After Weale had been and gone for four, second-wicket pair Chris Cook (90) and Terry Farkins (25), put on 54.

Then Luffman arrived in the middle and took the bowling to task on his way to 108 off 82 balls with eight fours and two sixes.

Along the way there were stands of 151 with Cook and 59 with Richard Pyle (28).

Moore had both wickets to fall in a running total of 75 for two. Then the wheel fell off.

Moore finished with five for 25 and there were two wickets for Christophers as Hampshire were skittled for 98.