Devon skipper not yet ready for title talk

09:13 27 June 2014

Sidmouth balcony applaud a good shot by one of their players. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref shsp 0730-23-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Sidmouth balcony applaud a good shot by one of their players. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref shsp 0730-23-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Archant

DEVON skipper Josh Bess said it is far too early to be talking about Western Division titles despite a racing start to the season, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Devon opened their campaign with an innings win over Dorset with a day to spare and made it two out of two by beating Oxfordshire by nine wickets inside two days.

Leaders Wiltshire haven’t dropped a point yet this season – they walloped Dorset in the latest round of fixtures - but Devon are only one behind them.

It is Devon’s best start since they last won the Western Division in 2011 and went on to lift the overall Minor Counties crown by beating East champions Cambridgeshire in a play-off.

Bess said his new- look side is gelling nicely – six of the side that finished last season didn’t play against Oxfordshire - but talk of titles will have to wait a bit longer.

“It’s going well so far, but we are two games into a six-game season and the four games left are tough,” said Bess.

“We have Cheshire next – they are the champions and we know how strong they are from last year – then Wiltshire who are top now.

“To finish we have Berkshire and Shropshire. There isn’t an easy game amongst them.

“Let’s see where we are after Cheshire and Wiltshire are out of the way before we start talking about anything.”

Devon’s win was set up by first-innings centurions Liam Lewis and Rob Holman, whose second-wicket stand of 220 underpinned a total of 380 for eight.

With a 128-run lead under their belts, Devon dismissed Oxfordshire for 140 second time around, Bess and Jack Popham taking three wickets each.

Devon needed 13 to win at the end of day two and got them in 16 balls.

“It was a tremendous team performance – everyone chipped in,” said Bess.

“Liam Lewis has been getting a pile of runs for Sidmouth in the league and Devon in the one-day games, but three-day cricket suits him even better.

“He knows his own game well enough to have worked out which balls to hit and which to leave alone. That’s the secret to batting a long time.

“That will be the first of many centuries for Devon, of that I am certain.

“Rob Holman has had to wait a long time for his maiden Devon ton, but it was a match-winner.

“The stand between him and Liam put us in a very strong position to win the match.”

Jack Popham’s match figures of five for 50 on his debut didn’t go un-noticed either.

“It was good to see him running in, bowling at pace and taking wickets,” said Bess.

Devon return to action in the Unicorns KO Cup when Cheshire visit Sidmouth on July 13 for a semi-final tie.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

11:23

Exmouth Spartans were deserved 4-1 winners when they travelled to Exeter to meet K and M Polonia in a Macron League Division Seven match.

Read more
10:34

Withycombe Under-13s were 14-0 winners when they visited Paignton for the first meeting between the two sides for some time.

Read more
10:33

Withycombe suffered a second defeat in three Tribute Cornwall and Devon outings when beaten 19-14 at Plymstock Albion.

Read more
10:33

East Budleigh Reserves bagged their first win of the season when they defeated neighbours Exmouth Amateurs by the odd goal in three, writes Mark Auton.

Read more
10:33

East Budleigh suffered a narrow 2-1 loss when they entertained University IV at Vicarage Road, writes Mark Auton.

Read more
10:33

Withycombe RFC are busy preparing for a big day next Sunday when they hope to introduce girl’s rugby to a wider audience.

Read more
10:31

The seniors played a Greensome Stableford at East Devon, writes Paul Willoughby.

Read more
10:30

Exmouth Colts slipped to a 15-7 defeat when they hosted Barnstaple Colts for a league encounter, writes Ian Urmston.

Read more
10:30

Budleigh Salterton girl’s Under-12s were 6-0 winners when they hosted Moors Youth in a Devon Girls’ League meeting, writes SpursTom.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:44

Cockles coach Jon Hill was very content after his side’s terrific performance at Henley that so nearly saw them bag what would have been a richly deserved victory.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications