Devon set for National Counties Cup opener against Herefordshire

North Devon's Jack Popham missed out on a place in the 12-man Devon squad to face Herefordshire

North Devon's Jack Popham missed out on a place in the 12-man Devon squad to face Herefordshire - Credit: Matt Smart

Devon have named a 12-man squad for Sunday’s National Counties Cup pool opener against Herefordshire at Instow (11am).

Devon have four pool games – two home and two away – and need to finish in the top two if they are going to qualify for the quarter-final knockout stages. The other teams in Devon’s group are Cornwall, Dorset and Wiltshire.

The 12 includes former England under-19 all-rounder Calum Haggett, who has been recruited by Devon as a match professional this season.

Haggett played for Somerset and Kent during 10 years on the first-class circuit. He has been brought in to add some experience to a youthful squad in a transitional season.

Also new to the Devon ranks is 19-year-old left-arm spinner Fahad Sabir, who plays in the Birmingham Premier League for West Bromwich Dartmouth. He went through the Warwickshire youth system from age 13 upwards.

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North Devon paceman Jack Popham was in contention for a place in the side, but did not make the final 12.

The game is the first in charge for new captain Jamie Stephens, who has taken over from Alex Barrow.

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As work commitments will limit former Somerset batsman Barrow to just a handful of one-day games this season, the Devon management has gone for Stephens as a permanent replacement.

Devon (from): J A Stephens (Taunton Deane), M W Thompson (Port Talbot), J H G Degg (Plymouth), E W O Hamilton (Exeter), C J Haggett (Bridgwater), B A Beaumont (Cornwood), E H Hamilton (Plympton), S O Read (Exeter), J D Horler (Exmouth), D J Goodey (Plymouth), H M Whitlock (Bovey Tracey), F Sabir (West Bromwich Dartmouth).

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