Donohue looking for more of the bulldog spirit in Trophy semi-final
DEVON playing chief Keith Donohue hopes the bulldog sprit that contributed to the win over Cumberland in the last eight will surface again in the Unicorn Trophy semi-final against Herefordshire at Sidmouth tomorrow.
Devon were more underdogs than bulldogs going into the quarter-final clash at Barrow as they were barely recognisable from the side that defeated Dorset to reach the last eight.
The starting side showed seven changes – even skipper Rob Woodman couldn’t make it – but against the apparent odds Devon won a rain-affected game by seven runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Most of the absentees are back for the semi-final, for which Devon have named a squad of 13.
The only person who wasn’t massively surprised by the win at Barrow was director of cricket Donohue, who sees no reason why Devon can’t go all the way to the final.
“What our win against Cumberland showed was the all-round strength of cricket in Devon,” said Donohue.
“Unlike some counties who pay two, three or four players to play for them, we pay no one to play for us.
“You get a different spirit in a team when everyone is pulling together because they want to be there and have pride in the shirt.
“Knowing that and that we had players capable of stepping up, I wasn’t that surprised we won at Barrow.
“Herefordshire are a strong side and will be a big challenge for us. But we look strong and if we play as we did against Cumberland have every chance.”
Woodman is back to lead the side and the 13 includes Somerset and England U19 all-rounder Ben Green, Dom Bess, Dan Wolf and Charlie Morris, none of whom featured against Cumberland.
Seamer Scott Barlow keeps his place having answered an SoS to help out against Cumberland in the last round.
“He was our best bowler at Barrow, so he has to stay in,” said Donohue.
Barlow had made himself unavailable for Devon after moving to London to live and work, but couldn’t say no to a recall.
“When your county asks you to play in a quarter-final there is only one answer,” said Barlow.
Paceman Morris joined Worcestershire in 2013 and hasn’t played for Devon since. He is dual registered and if Worcestershire give the okay he will play.
Morris played for Herefordshire side Brockhampton in the Birmingham League last season and will run into former team-mate Jamie McIlroy if he plays tomorrow.
Devon’s starting XI will be decided once Morris’s availability and Green’s fitness situation are known.
Green has a foot injury that has prevented him playing for a couple of weeks.
Devon (squad): R J Woodman (Taunton Deane), M W Thompson (Torquay), L J Lewis (Sidmouth), B G F Green (Exeter), J J Bess (Sidmouth), M C Golding (Bovey Tracey), D M Bess (Exeter), D J Wolf (Paignton), D R Pyle (Exmouth), C A J Morris (Bridgnorth), S Barlow (Bromley), Z G G Bess (Sidmouth), J V King (North Devon).
Herefordshire: M G Pardoe, L. Gwynne, E J Pollock, N D Pinner, D G Ball, C J Whittock, P I Burgoyne, C T Lowen, D J R Exall, A P Sutton, J P Mcilroy. 12th Man: W J M Barrett
Umpires: A Hicks & M Qureshi