South Devon District batsman makes first ton aged nine!

SHALDON youngster Morgan Couch (pictured) looks like a cricketer to watch out for in future after scoring his maiden century aged just nine years old.

Morgan, who attends Trinity School in Teignmouth, made 101 off 67 balls playing for the South Devon District against the West at Shaldon’s Hazeldown Oval ground.

Morgan, whose sporting hero is England star Joe Root, retired after reaching his century to give some other lads a go.

Harry Mount (Chagford) had already made 46 off 28 balls and the total was further topped up by Harry Williams (Chagford) with 29 and Ipplepen’s George Tapley, who made 71 off just 30 deliveries.

The West tried using 11 different bowlers to slow the South’s rate of progress, but without success. The final total was 339 for two wickets lost.

The West were all out for 23 in reply – Bovey’s Ben Kay (3-0) and Trinity’s Seb Linnitt (3-1) doing most of the damage.

Only four batsmen scored any runs at all and of the 23 total 16 came in extras.

Mark Couch, Morgan’s proud dad, said his son had not made a 50 before, never mind a hundred.

‘Morgan has made 20s for Devon and 30s for the District and the club last season, then had to retire,” said dad.

“He is hoping to make the Devon team again for the coming summer, having played last year a year early.”