Devon Lions (back, left to right): Tim Western (coach), Sammy Broomhead, Jonty Walliker (captain), Sam Read, Josh Farley, Joe Gore, Sam Elstone, Mike Cherry (manager); front: Jack Ford, Lawrence Walker, Teddy Haffenden, Adam Small, Harry Passenger, Matt Jeacock

Somerset Academy 282, Devon Lions 283-8. Devon Lions bt Somerset by 2 wkts

A great win for the Devon Lions against a talented Somerset side, which included Josh Davey and Josh Thomas, writes Tim Western.

Four players – Haffenden, Jeacock, Walker and Passenger – made their Devon senior debuts at Taunton Vale in a team where the oldest player was just 23.

 After a very fast start against the new ball, Matt Jeacock (3-30), Jack Ford (1-61), Sam Read (1-40) and Harry Passenger (2-31) bowled well to stem the flow of runs and pick up key wickets.

 Bowling Somerset out for 282 on a very good batting wicket was a good achievement, when par score was 320 plus.

 Our run chase was anchored by a partnership of 158 between Sam Read (85) and Lawrence Walker (70). It was a shame that one of those did not go on to make three figures.

 When they both departed, we still needed 90 runs and useful contributions from Harry Passenger (20), Jack Ford (20no) and Josh Farley (22no) saw the Devon Lions over the line with two overs to spare.

It was a pleasing way to finish this year’s Devon Lions fixtures list, in which we were unbeaten with wins over Gloucestershire, Cornwall and now Somerset. 

The Devon Lions initiative creates an environment and platform for players to improve their game with the main aim to be successful at National Counties level.