Injury problems force Devon to delay naming side for T20 cruncher

Injury list - Devon
Injury list - Devon's Liam Lewis

DEVON have delayed selection for Sunday”s T20 double header against Wales at Instow in the hope a mini-injury crisis will clear up.

Devon have injury issues held over from last Sunday’s 22-run win over Berkshire at Sidmouth in the 50-over Unicorns KO Trophy.

Opening batsmen Liam Lewis (Heathcoat) and Alex Barrow (Exeter) were both injured during the course of the game and replaced by sub fielders in the second innings.

Alex Barrow - back spasms forced him off against BerkshireExeter’s Tom Lammonby, the England U19 all-rounder dual registered for Devon and Somerset, should be available after taking a break from cricket to study for his A-levels.

Devon are second in pool four behind Dorset, who have already completed their programme.

Two wins over Wales will guarantee Devon top spot, and qualification for finals day in August, irrespective of results elsewhere. Two defeats will rule Devon out completely. 

It gets interesting if Devon win one game and lose the other, a scenario that opens the door for Wales or Cornwall to get ahead of them on run rate.

Cornwall would have to win both their games against winless Wiltshire, which the formbook suggests is highly likely.

It is possible that Dorset, Devon and Cornwall could all finish on eight points, which would mean using run-rate over the course of all eight games in the group to decide who qualifies.

Devon have a slender run-rate advantage going into the last round of group games, but not enough to rely on it in the case of a dead heat.

Keith Donohue, Devon’s director of cricket, said he hoped it could be decided in a more clear-cut way.

“Run rate is a bit of a lottery, but you have to have some way of deciding it if there are two or more teams level,” said Donohue.

“The way to avoid run-rate coming into play is to win both our games, then no one can touch us. That is what we will be aiming to do.”