Seaton plays host to Devon Under-17s and the South West Under-15s

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Seaton CC played host to fixture between Devon Under-17s and the South West Under-15s last week.

Devon won the toss, bowled, and shot the representative side out for just 32!

Abbotskerswell’s, Hugo Whitlock, took 3-19 off his six overs, all bowled, Exeter’s Ben Green took 5-7 off his six, he hit the stumps three times, had a leg before and Jack Maunder took a brilliant tumbling catch.

In his two overs Billy Searle took the remaining two wickets with Dominic Bess taking a catch at short extra and Searle wound up the innings with a leg before.

The bowling had been outstanding with a feature being the uprooting of the stumps on six occasions.

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The South and West’s captain Thornton top scored with sixteen being their only batsman to reach double figures. Devon took 8.5 overs to reach their target losing Richardson for a nineteen ball one and leaving Marcus Hoddinot unbeaten on fifteen and Matthew Skeemer contributing five.

A wonderful lunch was the taken before a thirty-five over per side match was played in the afternoon.

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This time Devon skipper Sam Wyatt-Haines decided to bat but Devon had a disastrous start as they fell away to 13-3. Dan Powell dug in, initially riding his luck but then entered into a partnership of 167 with Wyatt Haines. This is the ninth highest under-17 partnership. They took the score up to 180.

The skippers half century arrived in forty-eight minutes off forty-one balls and his century was registered in 66 balls and from 73 minutes at the crease, stroking twelve fours and seven sixes.

The county side set a target of 237 for the representative team to claim an unlikely victory.

Whitlock and Dawe opened up but the South and West openers put on their best partnership of the day when on twenty-three Maunder caught Stevenson off Whitlock for one. With their score on thirty-nine the South and West then retired their captain, Thornton, on twenty-five and this sparked a major collapse as seven wickets fell for nineteen runs. Ben Green was experiencing one of those very special days as with the help of some fine catches from Maunder, Singh, Wyatt-Haines and Powell took six wickets. Billy Searle took the seventh. The last wicket pairing made the score more respectable with a partnership of 47.

Green finished with the figures of 6-11 the second best bowling return at under 17s. His day had produced the remarkable figures of 11-18!

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