The Devon U13 squad


JAKE Pascoe and Cameron Ford saw Devon U13s over an attack of the wobbles to beat Gloucestershire by six wickets at Torquay.

Gloucestershire made 168 for eight in their 40 overs – Tommy Boorman top scoring on 66.

Devon openers Pascoe and Jack Whittaker put on 53 for the first wicket before the latter was undone by the spin of Taylor Ireland (2-29).  He struck again soon afterwards to leave Devon 65 for two.

Pascoe and Ford ensured this was only a brief stumble, putting on 71 before the former fell to returning opening bowler Charlie Brook (2-29). Pascoe made 54 off 86 balls and hit seven fours.

Brook bowled the more free-scoring Ford (45) to give Glos a glimmer of hope at 146-4.

Devon’s fifth-wicket pair of Alex Holifield and Ed Butler soon put any thoughts of a Gloucestershire win to bed with a quick-fire partnership of 25 to secure victory with 14 balls to spare.

Earlier, Teddy Haffenden (3-17) was aided and abetted by Jacob Kopparambil (2-27) and Matt Jeacock (2-39) as Devon held Gloucestershire to 168 for eight.

Gloucestershire were 40 for three when opener Boorman and Ahmed Syed dug in with a partnership of 45 for the fourth wicket.

The other major contribution for Gloucestershire came from Solomon Dark who finished unbeaten on 39.

Warren Carr, the Devon team manager, said: "Overall a fantastically professional performance from all 14 players, who worked very hard for each other, stuck to their game plans and was probably their best performance as a team, beating a very good Gloucester team."