East Devon players sent to World Cup to be net bowlers

PUBLISHED: 12:05 06 June 2019 | UPDATED: 09:05 10 June 2019

George Greenway bowling for Exmouth at Sidmouth. Ref exsp 20 19TI 4735. Picture: Terry Ife

George Greenway bowling for Exmouth at Sidmouth. Ref exsp 20 19TI 4735. Picture: Terry Ife

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Cricket World Cup organisers have dipped deep into the Tolchards Devon League talent pool to find net bowlers for practice sessions at Taunton.

Taunton is one of the group venues for World Cup fixtures and is hosting Afghanistan against New Zealand on Saturday, the big one between Pakistan and Australia next Wednesday (June 12) and West Indies versus Bangladesh on Monday, June 17.

Teams get practice sessions on the ground before their matches and need net bowlers to keep the bowling coming.

Devon League players invited to bowl at the best of the best include:

Tom Simmons (Sidmouth), Dan Goodey (Devon CCC/Bashley), Ben Privett (Plympton), James Onley-Gregson (Heathcoat), Josh King (North Devon), George Greenway (Exmouth), George Benton (Paignton), Hal Kerton (Plymstock), Zak Bess (Sidmouth), Sonny Baker (Torquay), James Allen (South Devon), Toby Codd (Bovey Tracey), Arun Karthick (Ashburton).

Sandy Allen, the player pathway manager at the Devon Cricket Board, said: "It will be great experience and exposure for the players in Devon to be bowling at International batsmen, it can only aid their development. The majority of the lads are bowling at Taunton, but we also have players bowling at Hampshire and the Oval.

"I am sure all the players will come back with some great experience and stories to tell."

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