Under 21s

Foan's Liking For Dorset Continues

Devon v Dorset Seaton C.C. 7th August


Devon was now in the position of knowing what to do to secure a place in the quarter finals. They had to beat Dorset to entertain Sussex the following week. The County Captain Bobby Dawson, who was due to replace Matt Theedom, had to cry off due to an injury sustained in the three day Minor County game with Dorset earlier in the week and his place was taken by Matt Hunt. Richard Foan and David Lye, who had also been involved in the three day game, came back into the side replacing Rob Holman and Andy Procter. On arriving at the ground the grumpy Groundsman advised David Lye that the track would be different to that played on Monday and that perhaps the batters should be careful of going through with their shots, Pieman responded that sadly he felt that was the only way they could bat! His subsequent 22 ball 51 rather proved the point. Trevor Anning somehow contrived to win the toss and batted. Tom Wright was back in harness with Richard Foan and the pair put on 85 off 76 balls before Wright was brilliantly caught by Foster. Four runs later Bettiss followed one round and was caught behind. Meanwhile Foan was continuing where he had left off (well at least in the first innings) against the Senior Minor County side. He had taken them for 135 and he passed his fifty off 62 balls. With Hunt he put on 106 for the third wicket off 127 balls before Hunt pulled a full toss to mid wicket. Foan passed his hundred off only 106 balls and was taking the score to 250 with Trevor Anning. As they put on 55 off 46. Foan was then bowled for a 135 ball 130 with 18 fours and one six. The spare ball box was now in regular use. The formidable sight of David Lye marching to the crease at 250 with seven overs left would have struck fear in most sides but as we know with clean hitting through the ball he took the score to 319 before he was sixth out. The spare ball box was exhausted and Dorset had to help the host county with their own supply. Lye hit four sixes and three fours. The final score of 326 delighted the home supporters.