Budleigh hosting Devon Lions' meeting with Dorset Leopards on Sunday

PUBLISHED: 09:33 16 May 2019

Pink T20 cricket balls. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Pink T20 cricket balls. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

DAVID MARIUZ

Devon Lions play Dorset Leopards at Budleigh Salterton on Sunday (11am) in a 50-over friendly, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

The Lions go into the game fresh from beating Cornwall in back-to-back 20-over games at Callington on Sunday.

Sidmouth' Rory Thomas did his future prospects no harm by scoring half-centuries in both games.

Thomas is not available for the game against Dorset, but club mate Tom Simmons is and will have a place in the bowling attack.

A new name in the squad is North Devon batter Ben Howe, a consistent scored in league cricket over the past two seasons, whose sporting CV includes playing rugby for Belgium at under-18 level.

Tim Western, the Lions' director of coaching, said strong batting displays underpinned both T20 wins over Cornwall.

He added: " We defended the totals set and it was pleasing to see how our bowlers executed their plans and reacted strongly to any fightback Cornwall tried.

"These fixtures create the right environment for our emerging players to experience this popular format and enhance their strengths.

"It is very positive to have a strong talent pool to pick from with younger players and some of the more established names using the Devon Lions' fixtures to push for places in the first team.'

"We have selected a similar side for the next game against Dorset Leopards at Budleigh and are looking for another good performance in the 50-over format."

The full squad is: L D Stephenson (Heathcoat), R Cunningham (Plymstock), M P Skeemer (Cornwood), T J R Codd (Bovey Tracey), A S Kopparambil (Bovey Tracey), J H G Degg, G B Allen (both Torquay), T W Simmons (Sidmouth), M Pugh (Torquay), J A E White (Tavistock), B Howe (North Devon).

Results:

Devon Lions 135-8 (R J Thomas 58, M Pugh 27), Cornwall 123-4 (A Bone 40), Devon bt Cornwall by 12 runs.

Devon Lions 175-4 (R J Thomas 52, J H G Degg 52), Cornwall 134-8. Devon bt Cornwall by 41 runs.

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