Devon show six changes for game against Wiltshire at Sandford

Returning: England U19 all-rounder Ben Green - picture Pinnacle Photo Agency

DEVON have rung the changes in a big way for the Minor Counties Championship game against Wiltshire which starts at Sandford on Sunday (11am).

The 12-man squad includes six players who didn’t feature in the tied game against Herefordshire last week – mostly batsmen or batting all-rounders.

Spinner Toby Codd, all-rounder Josh Bess and batter Jack Dart are on holiday and unavailable for selection. Opener Dylan Penberthy, wicketkeeper Justin Yau and spinner Charlie Miles have been omitted.Dan Pyle - Picture: Pinnacle Photo Agency

Penberthy was given a chance in the first two games of the season in the absence of Blundell’s schoolmaster Liam Lewis, but in four trips to the middle he made 0,1, 5 and 10.

As Lewis is available from now on, Penberthy makes way for him in a batting line-up strengthened by the returns of Max Curtis, Dan Pyle, Ben Green and Dom Bess, none of whom played against Herefordshire.

Exeter’s Tom Lammonby, a batting all-rounder, comes in for his debut and may well open the innings in a new-look order. He is part of the Academy set-up at Somerset this season.

Keeper Yau was in to take workload off skipper Matt Thompson, who was captaining, opening and keeping. With more batting in the side, the captain can drop down the order.

Miles hasn’t missed a three-day game since making his debut at the start of the 2014 season against Dorset.

Miles remains part of Devon’s plans for the season, but didn’t make the cut for this particular game.

Jamie Drew has, unsurprisingly, kept his place in the Devon squad to face Wiltshire at Sandford after a record-breaking debut against Herefordshire.

Having been called up at short notice when Dom Bess was pulled from the side, Drew rewrote the Devon record books.

Herefordshire collapsed to 105 all out with Drew taking a record-busting seven wickets for just 15 runs.

They were the best figures ever by a Devon player in his debut game, breaking a record set in 1906 by George Hawksworth against Cornwall at Tavistock.

Drew put Devon in a position where a game that looked lost when they were 102 runs behind on first innings scores was back in the balance.

Josh Bess blasted 94 as Devon chased 208 to win, but with the scores level Josh King was dismissed for 23 and the game tied.

Having got so close it was disappointing not to win the game, but director of cricket Keith Donohue wasn’t too critical.

Donohue knows he has a young and inexperienced squad who have lots to learn about three-day cricket.

“I don’t worry too much about the batting going wrong when we are bowled out cheaply as that happens to everyone – and happened to the opposition in the last game we played,” said Donohue.

“What we do have to work on is keeping our concentration levels up and looking to win as many sessions in a match as we can.

“We haven’t been doing that, but it will come and then we will see what this talented group of players is really capable of.”

Devon (from): M W Thompson (St Fagans), L J Lewis (Sidmouth), D R Pyle (Exmouth), M C Golding (Bovey Tracey), B G F Green (Exeter), M H Curtis (North Devon), T A Lammonby (Exeter), D M Bess  (Exeter), Z G G Bess (Sidmouth), J O Hagan-Burt (Plymouth), J V King (North Devon), J K Drew (Heathcoat).

DEVON'S new programme will be on sale for the first time at the game, priced at £2 each.

The 32-page programme contains information about the county club, the players and some career statistics.