Back (l/r): Alex Carr (coach), Daisy Meadowcroft, Amy Weir, Milly Squire, Becca Halliday, Olivia Churcher, Justin Wubbeling; front: Anna Squire, Sophie Florides, Amanda Higginbotham, Felicity Leydon-Davis, Steph Hutchins, Becca Silk

DEVON women completed their 2018 ECB county commitments with an unblemished record of eight wins and no losses to secure promotion to National Division Two of the Vitality T20 competition. 

In Emily Edgcombe, Felicity Leydon-Davis and Rebecca Halliday, Devon had three of the top run scorers in their division. Edgcombe led the way with 230 runs, including three-half centuries.

Becca Silk - leading wicket taker for Devon in T20 cricketDevon were equally dominant with the ball, occupying four of the top six bowling stats. Becca Silk, Stephanie Hutchins, Sophie Florides and Milly Squire all had good T20 campaigns, with Silk (15) the leading wicket taker.

Devon finished a credible fourth in the longer 50-over format played in National Division Two, which contained the likes of Sussex, Surrey and Heather Knight’s Berkshire.

The plan was always to maintain the county’s position at this level and the side performed exceptionally well, considering the early season unavailability of skipper Amara Carr to a broken thumb and the loss of all-rounder Sophie Mackenzie to university in New York.

In Hazelle Garton and Stephanie Hutchins, Devon boast two of the top four wicket takers this season. Garton, the leading wicket taker with 22, was only one away from being the top wicket taker in the country for 2018. 

For head coach Alex Carr it was a successful season on a number of fronts. Results were good and younger members of the squad were given opportunities.

 “This year was a real success for the girls as promotion into Division Two of the Twenty20 competition was our main objective. 

“To do this through winning eight out of eight and the majority in a comfortable manner, was fantastic. 

“We tend to lose a few of our senior players to teams in higher divisions during the Twenty20, but the younger girls stepped up and showed what they can do with some brilliant performances. 

“In 50-over games we again showed our worth as one of the top sides in the country, despite being one of only three Minor County sides left in the top 16. 

“The only Minor County to finish above us was Wales, whom we narrowly lost to on the last ball.

“We are in a really good place at the moment and hoping to kick on over the years to come.”

Special thanks must go to several people who without them none of this would be possible, to our scorer Gavin Lane, for keeping us all in line and providing great feedback from his laptop. 

To Chris Cottrell and Gary Hutchins, our mini bus drivers, and not forgetting Sheila Carr, who does so much behind the scenes with accommodation bookings. However the players should take the most credit from a very successful campaign, having worked so hard over the winter months and to put into practice all of their skills was particularly pleasing.

There was success in a different arena for Devon’s 50-over captain Amara Carr, who was part of the Middlesex T20 side that won the National T20 title.

Middlesex defeated Warwickshire and Kent in their final games to seal a first major title.

Despite missing the first weekend due to attending a wedding in Cape Town, Carr finished the campaign as Middlesex’s third-best run scorer, averaging 22.60 with a strike rate of more than a 100.

 

Izzy Bunn
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Bowling: Retired bowler
Amara Carr (50 Capt)
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Debut: 2007
Teams: Western Storm, England Academy, England u19 & u15, MCC
Batting: RH
Bowling: Wicket Keeper
Olivia Churcher
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Debut: 2018
Teams: Devon Women, ECB Regional Development Centre
Batting: Right Hand
Bowling: Right Arm Seamer
Emma Corney
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Teams: Devon Women, ECB Regional Development Centre
Batting: Right Hand
Bowling: Right Arm Seamer
Emily Edgcombe (T20 Captain)
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Debut: 2017
Teams: England Women Academy, Devon Women, Cornwall Women and ECB Regional Development Center
Batting: RH
Bowling: LA Medium Seamer
Sophie Florides
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Debut: 2017
Teams: Devon Women, ECB Regional Development Centre
Batting: Right Hand
Bowling: Right Arm Medium
Rebecca Halliday
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Debut: 2016
Teams: Devon Women, ECB Regional Development Centre
Batting: RH
Bowling: RA Off Spin
Georgia Hennessy
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Debut: 2018
Teams: England Under 19, Western Storm, Sapphires, Warwickshire Women, Devon Women
Batting: Right Hand
Bowling: Slow
Amanda Higginbotham
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Debut: 2015
Teams: Devon Women and Surrey Women
Batting: RH
Bowling: Wicket Keeper
Stephanie Hutchins
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Debut: 2016
Teams: Devon Women, ECB Regional Development Centre, 1 England Academy game
Batting: RH
Bowling: Right Arm Off Break
Ellie Mitchell
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Debut: 2019
Teams: England Womens Academy (2019), Devon Women, Cornwall Women, Regional Development Centre
Batting: Right Hand
Bowling: Right Arm Leg Spin
Charlie Phillips
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Debut: 2019
Teams: Devon Women, Gloucestershire Women, ECB Regional Development, Plymouth University
Batting: Right Hand
Bowling: Right Arm Offf Spin
Rebecca Silk
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Debut: 2015
Teams: Western Storm, Devon Women and Sussex Women
Batting: RH
Bowling: RA Off spin
Milly Squire
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Debut: 2016
Teams: Devon Women, England under 19 development, U15 England
Batting: RH
Bowling: RA Medium
Claire Varcoe
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Debut: 2013
Teams: Devon Women
Batting: RH
Bowling: RH Medium
Amy Weir
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Debut: 2019
Teams: Devon Women, Warwickshire Women, Exeter University
Batting: Right Handed
Bowling: Right Arm medium
Alex Carr (Head Coach)
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Teams: Coaching for 10 years including Western Storm Regional Development, England women under 19 and 15 development, County Age group boys and girls, Devon Women, Plymouth University Ladies and Plymouth College
Batting: Right Hand
Bowling: Right Arm Medium
Warren Carr (Manager)
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Batting: Right Hand patient
Bowling: Right Arm gentle outswing
Gavin Lane (Scorer)
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Teams: Combined Services
Batting: Right Hand
Bowling: Right Arm Fast