DEVON’S hopes of making it to the national finals of this year's ECB County Cup championship ended in disappointment.
They went down by six wickets to Surrey in the quarter-final clash at Paignton.
Hopes were high for Devon as they went into the last eight of the cup with an unbeaten record - seven wins from seven games with their eighth and final group game versus Berkshire rained off
But they were never truly at the races at Paignton.
Devon’s tally of 191 looked like being 30 or 40 light. Sam Read (38) and Ollie Hannam (63) gave them some hope with a second--wicket stand of 96.
Skipper Jack Moore chipped in with 27 but there needed to be more in the batting department.
Devon also seemed to struggle to reach the high standards they had set all season with the ball. Only Moore (2-17) managed to temporarily halt Surrey's easy march to victory with the loss of just four wickets.
Just a few days earlier Devon put Gwent to the sword in a 50-over friendly at Abergavenney .
Ivybridge opener Abraham Kopparambil finished undefeated on 129. His 146-ball knock included 12 fours as he shared an opening stand of 156 with Exmouth counterpart James Horler (80).
Read weighed in with 50 as Devon finished on 297-1.
Spinners Max Hancock (3-40), Freddie Ford (2-45) and Horler (2-2) had the hosts bowled out for 215 to seal a comfortable victory.