Cider Watch: ‘Massive boost’ for Devon as Overton and Burke available for one-day final

cider watchSomerset have made fast bowler Jamie Overton and all-rounder James Burke available to play for Devon in next Wednesday’s Unicorns KO Cup final against Oxfordshire.

The pair will travel as part of a 12-man squad to the picturesque Wormsley Estate near High Wycombe for what is sure to be an exciting finale to the season.

Jamie played a key role in Devon’s semi-final win over Cheshire at Sidmouth five weeks ago which earned the county a trip to the final.

He blasted a quickfire 35 off just 19 balls, smashing three fours and two sixes in the process, to help propel Devon to an unassailable 367-7 in their 50 overs. Matthew Thompson top scored with 126, while former Somerset batsman Rob Woodman also made a century.

In reply, Cheshire lost wickets at regular intervals as they tried to keep up with the run rate. A late rally by the lower middle order was checked by Jamie who had a hand in all of the last four wickets to fall, finishing with figures of 3-36 in 9.1 overs and effecting a run out as Devon won by 136 runs.

Jamie was of course born in Barnstaple and still plays club cricket for North Devon CC.

James was born in Plymouth and plays club cricket for Budleigh Salterton. After a successful run for Somerset Seconds this year, he featured in the club’s Nat West T20 Blast campaign, playing three matches in total for the first XI.

He featured regularly for Devon up until their quarter-final win over Suffolk – scoring a century against Wales in the group stages – but was ruled out due to illness for the semi-final.

Keith Donohue, Devon’s Director of Cricket, told the official Devon website that having Burke and Overton available was a massive boost for a massive game.

Keith said: “Somerset have been superb making both lads available to us throughout the competition and now for the final.

“As full-time cricketers they bring an extra edge to our game – and as Devon lads through the age-groups from the ages of 10 and 11 they are totally committed to our cause.

“Having them available adds a bit more quality to what is already a useful side. For any final you cannot have enough quality.”

Other than the addition of Burke, the Devon squad for Wednesday is unchanged from the 11 who beat Cheshire in the semi-final: R J Woodman (Taunton Deane), L J Lewis (Sidmouth), M W Thompson (Torquay), J J Bess (Sidmouth), J E Burke (Budleigh), D F Lye, G R Chappell, T S Anning (all Exmouth), J Overton (North Devon), B G F Green (Exeter), S Barlow (Sidmouth).

We wish Jamie and James and all the Devon team the very best for Wednesday’s game and hope to bring you good news about their match here on The InCider next week!

There’s still time for Devon fans to follow their county at Wormsley by travelling up on the supporters’ coach.

The official supporters’ coach is picking up at Sowton Park and Ride, Exeter at 6.10am on the morning of the match and Tiverton Parkway railway station about 20 minutes later. Tickets are £30 each and can be bought online at www.devoncricket.co.uk or by sending a cheque to Mediaski, 31 Garston Avenue, Newton Abbot TQ12 2NR.