Tuesday, August 20, 2013
North Devon lads perform well as Lions slip to a three-run loss
NORTH Devon duo Max Curtis and Barney Huxtable did their bits, but that wasn’t enough to prevent Devon Lions from slipping to a three-run defeat against South African tourists Futura Sports at Brixham.
Futura – over from Durban for the Last Man Standing tournament in London later this month – added a Devon leg to their three-week tour at the instigation of coach Pat Steytler.
Steytler was player-coach at Brixham in 2003 and 2004 and wanted to visit his old stamping grounds one more time.
The opening game of the tour was a 50-over friendly against the Lions at Brixham, which the South Africans won by three runs.
Cody Gertze (63) and Mark Airey (59) top scored for the tourists in an all-out total of 238.
North Devon spinner Curtis was the pick of the bowlers with four for 46. Clubmate Huxtable picked up two for 28.
The Lions got off to an 87-run start with Huxtable (41) and Josh Mailing (64) doing the business.
Dan Hardy went cheaply, Sam Wyatt-Haines only made 14, but when Mailing was fourth out at 168 with 15 overs to go the chase was right up with the clock.
Jack Dart (47) and Curtis (30no) knocked another 47 off the target, but weren’t gaining any time either.
The Lions got down to the last over needing 13 to win, but fell four runs short in a final total of 235 for six.
Huxtable and Curtis keep their places in the Devon Lions team for the game against Gloucestershire at Cornwood this Sunday (noon).
Jack Popham from Barnstaple also retains his place.