Under 21s

Wright and Williams Set Tone in Record 151 Partnership

Devon v Somerset (2)

Was 240 enough, no one knew until Tom Wright started the charge with 12 off Russell Jones first over and the tone was set. In the company of Aaron Williams the pair put on 151 runs off only 159 balls in a magnificent partnership. Wright’s aggressive innings (see scorecard) just took the game away from Somerset and with Williams also making a major contribution the crowd were witnessing a first class partnership. As the hundred was passed Somerset heads were beginning to drop and at 151 off only 27 overs the visitors must have been totally dejected. It was a great tribute to the Devonian's that their batting did not dim in comparison to the earlier contracted players indeed some neutrals commented that they bettered their opponents.Both were outstanding in their shot selection and execution. Wright deserved his hundred but fell 18 short in another innings for the memory bank. Williams contribution was as vital and his technique against Suppiah a credit to his Torquay coach Tim Western. Under 16 academy prospect Crawford, another former Devon player, removed both openers and Rob Holman was stumped but Neil Bettiss and Trevor Anning (32) put on 63 for the fourth wicket with Anning scoring at a run a ball and Bettiss facing 52 for his 39. Devon had six overs to spare in one of their more comprehensive wins of recent years. Take nothing away from this outstanding victory against the 2002 Under 19 champions, who needed to win this match to progress in this competition. It will go into the memory bank along side some of the many other memorable Devon performances. The side were truly outstanding.

A fantastic victory, not least for the ease that it was obtained, a result that should satisfy all the players involved and will be retained in the memory bank of all Devonian's present. The calculator was put away that night as the writer slept easy reliving the wonderful moments of a truly wonderful win. Our thanks to the outstanding team, off the pitch, at Seaton where we are always made most welcome and they can not do too much for the county. A pitch and outfield that produced 481 runs for 7 wickets in 94 overs the real tribute to their hard work.