TEENAGE cricketer Craig Overton proved a big hit when he was unexpectedly called up to play for the full Devon side against Wales. West Buckland schoolboy Craig, who lives in Bideford, was expected to be revising for GCSE exams this week. Instead he was w

TEENAGE cricketer Craig Overton proved a big hit when he was unexpectedly called up to play for the full Devon side against Wales.

West Buckland schoolboy Craig, who lives in Bideford, was expected to be revising for GCSE exams this week.

Instead he was whisked up to Abergavenny on Saturday night to join the Devon team preparing to play a Minor Counties game against Wales. Craig was asked to play at short notice when North Devon CC team-mate Dan Bowser had to withdraw from the side.

He made his debut the following day - and what a debut it was for the third-youngest player to appear for Devon since the War. His proud parents were on the pavilion balcony to see Craig hit a second top score of 68 not out in Devon's total of 356-7 against the Welshmen. Craig was also brought on to bowl late in the day and picked up two Welsh wickets - the first with the second ball he bowled!

Devon skipper Neil Hancock was certainly impressed by Overton's debut display.

He said: "Craig has come in and shown he knows how to hit a ball and looks a good prospect. We wanted to have a look at him anyway because of the runs and wickets he has got in the league, but the chance came up sooner than expected.