North Devon players in side to face Somerset on Sunday

North Devon duo Tom Ansell and Josh King are in the Devon Lions side for the friendly against Somerset 2nd XI at Paignton on Sunday.

The Lions is Devon’s development side and a shop window for players being considered for the full Minor County side.

The Minor County season opens on June 5 with an away game against Wales and there are still places in the side to fill.

Bowler King graduated from the Lions into the full side last season. He has been in the squad for the recent one-day Unicorns Cup games, but did not make it into the match-day 11.

Ansell has caught the eye opening the batting for North Devon in the first few games this season. He has played age-group cricket for Devon and was already on the county radar.

He may have had more opportunities sooner had he not been studying at college in Derbyshire. Tom played for us against Oxford University around four years ago before he went to college,” said Lions manager Tim Western.

“He finished last season well and started this one in some form.

“There are places in the three-day side that might need filling and the likes of Tom and Reid Mawdsley may have a chance if they show they can bat.”

Devon’s selection options were a little limited by two clashes of fixtures – the first round of the Euro Shopper Devon Cup and a Devon U17s fixture against Worcestershire at Heathcoat.

Western said he understood players had to make choices in such situations, but that had not caused Devon a problem.

“It says a lot about the depth of talent in the county that we can get a strong side out despite other demands on players,” said Western.

Devon (from): R A Mawdsley (Torquay), D J Wolf (Paignton), T Ansell (North Devon), D R Pyle (Exmouth), J K Drew (Heathcoat), M P Skeemer (Cornwood), G B Allen, J E Thompson (both Torquay), J A Stephens (Falmouth), J V King (North Devon), H M Whitlock (Bovey Tracey), B P R Williams (Torquay).

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