GRITTY Sammy Broomhead bristled with defiance as he swept aside a determined opposition to help Devon retain the Battle of the Kruger Trophy.
The Devon U15 tourists faced an uphill battle to survive on day two of their clash with Nelspruit Hoërskool
But Broomhead led from the front and faced 104 balls for his 16 to stave off anything the home team could throw at him.
Reuben Windley wasn’t far behind on the fighting front scoring nine from 70 balls.
It was left to Rory Medlock to face the last few balls of the day as Devon finished on 85 for in their second innings.
Nelspruit’s failure to bowl Devon out twice meant the annual trophy stayed with the visitors.
Nelspruit had been bowled out for 191 in their first innings with Medlock returning figures of 3-39 from his 16 overs and Ethan Carlisle chipping in with 2-17.
Devon finished 70 runs behind after their first innings with only James Hayter (21) and Windley (20) really troubling the scorers.
Devon hauled themselves back into the match with a brilliant second-half performance which showed a true fighting spirit together as a team.
It was Medlock (3-18) and Carlisle (3-8) who again did most of the damage with the ball as Nelspruit looked to add to their first innings lead but were bowled out for just 93.
Devon openers Hayter (26) and Ciaran Grey gave the visitors a great start. But then the wickets began to tumble one after the other. It was left to Broomhead and Windley to shut up shop and execute the Great Escape.
Cape Town here we come!