Devon U13’s vs Somerset U13’s, Sunday 5th June at Taunton St Andrews CC. Match report by Taylor Ingham-Hill

Back to back wins as Somerset are defeated by 6 wickets 

On Sunday 5th June Devon U13’s travelled to take on Somerset. Having been beaten convincingly the previous season Devon knew they had to be at their very best in order to get a result.

With the temperatures rising on what was a beautiful summer day Devon lost the toss and were asked to bowl.

A fine spell of opening bowling by Sonny Baker and Charlie Ward set the tone for the rest of the game. Although wicketless they both asked real questions of two high quality batsmen. It was left to Sam Jefferson to make the breakthrough which broke the opening partnership. Devon were outstanding in the field and ended up forcing three run outs which proved costly for Somerset. After an all seam attack Devon then switched to spin with Jack Ford and Taylor Ingham-Hill getting through 16 overs. Jack (one wicket) and Taylor (two wickets) bowled accurately and with excellent variation that the Somerset players were unable to read. It was left for Charlie Ward and Sonny to see out the innings. Charlie was rewarded with two wickets in his closing spell. Sonny can count himself very unlucky not have taken wickets. He managed to swing the ball and beat the bat on numerous occasions. Ben Privett on debut also weighed in with a fine spell of bowling and an excellent catch in the field.

Probably the best all round performance by this Devon side in the field restricted Somerset to 141 for 9. Questions were being asked as to whether it was a difficult track to bat on. 

These questions were soon answered by the opening pair of batsmen from Devon who managed a partnership of 71. Josh Farley and Tim Doulton frustrated the Somerset bowling attack with both strong defence and outstanding attacking cricket. Although Tim fell for 12 he had done his job and with Josh provided a strong foundation on which to chase down the total. Josh Farley followed up his previous half century with one that was even better.  His shot selection and timing was excellent and he raced to 50 at almost a run a ball. Josh fell soon after his 50, but Joe du’Gay continued his strong start to the season with a quick fire 26. Another plus for Devon was the innings of Elliot Hamilton who showed both power and precision to finish on 18 not out.

Devon finished on 142 for 4, winning the game by 6 wickets.

Thanks to Mr Ford and Mrs Farley for scoring.

Next game v Dorset. COME ON DEVON!!