COUNTIES CRICKET Devon promoted, Dorset relegated

NCCA-Logo MasterLincolnshire and Berkshire will meet in the National Counties Championship at West Bromwich Dartmouth from September 4 to 7 having finished top of their respective divisions in contrasting fashion on the last day of the regular season. 

While Berkshire eased to an innings and 20 runs victory over Herefordshire before lunch at the Falkland club in Newbury, Lincolnshire had to fight a day-long rear-guard action to deny Norfolk victory at Manor Park.

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COUNTIES CRICKET Devon force Wiltshire follow-on

Devon tightened their grip on the National Counties Championship Western Two title and promotion after Gloucestershire Academy slow left-armer Max Shepherd took five first innings wickets against Wiltshire at Sidmouth. 

Morning rain frustrated Devon who then had to overcome resistance led by Jack Stearman’s half-century. 

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COUNTIES CRICKET Thompson keeps Devon on course

Devon kept themselves on course to win Western Division Two by making 402 against Wiltshire at Sidmouth. 

Matt Thompson’s 128, his first Championship century in three years, was the centrepiece of Devon’s innings and helped them recover from the early loss of openers James Horler and Adam Small. 

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COUNTIES CRICKET Devon soar to Western Two summit

Devon moved to the top of Western Division Two by routing Shropshire by 280 runs at Bridgnorth. 

Shropshire managed to take the match into the afternoon session – but only just – thanks to a bold counter-attacking 68 not out from Joe Stanley. 

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COUNTIES CRICKET Day two round-up and latest scores

NCCA-Logo MasterFormer Glamorgan pace bowler Kaz Szymanski took a Championship-best six for 58 to keep Devon firmly in charge of their Western Division Two match against Shropshire at Bridgnorth. 

Oxford University batter George Hargrave made a half-century in his first Championship innings of the season but Shropshire lost six wickets for 40 and needed a last wicket stand of 68 between captain Sam Whitney and Ben Roberts to lift them to 255. 

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COUNTIES CRICKET Devon scorch to record-breaking 503

Devon piled up the second highest total in their history on a day when batters made runs in the sun in the National Counties Championship. 

Devon’s 503 for five against Shropshire at Bridgnorth in Western Division Two was their highest total in 120 years and has only been bettered by the county record 533 for seven they made against Dorset at Sherborne School in 1902. 

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