Lawrence Walker - runs for Devon against Cornwall at Bovey Tracey


DEVON U12s beat Cornwall by 41 runs at Bovey  Tracey in their last outing before leaving for the ESCA Festival in Taunton.

Devon, who won the toss and batted, were without regular opener Jake Pascoe and gave Jack Whittaker a chance at the top of the order.

Cameron Ford had a rare failure as he was out in the first over, but Whittaker didn’t disappoint with 37 in a second-wicket stand of 84 with Lawrence Walker.

Walker went on to make 50 off 81 balls and Devon reached 104 for two after 30 overs.

Devon were able to push up the run rate and finish on a respectable 160 for seven.

Walker was out for 57 and Holifield made a brisk 32 off 24 balls.

Cornwall bowled and fielded well throughout and made Devon work for their total.

Devon decided to try something different and open with Kopparambil and his leg-spin.

The Cornish openers played sensibly but could not keep up with the run rate.

When the breakthrough eventually came thanks to debutant Daniel Alford, Cornwall were 39 off 17 overs. Wickets then fell regularly. At drinks Cornwall were 45 for three and needed 116 off the last 20.

Controlled spells from the Devon bowlers meant Cornwall never looked like threatening the total and were bowled out for 119.

Wickets were shared around but stand-out bowlers were James Tyler (2-13 off 4) and Jacob Kopparambil came back at the end and ended up with figures of three for nine to give him 20 Devon wickets for the season.