NORTH Devon missed having pacer Tom Allin in their attack when they went to Plympton and lost by 60 runs. North Devon come second or third in the list of priorities for Allin these days as Cardiff UCCE have first claim on him - and Warwickshire have a sli
NORTH Devon missed having pacer Tom Allin in their attack when they went to Plympton and lost by 60 runs.North Devon come second or third in the list of priorities for Allin these days as Cardiff UCCE have first claim on him - and Warwickshire have a slice of him too!Allin had the potential to kill Plympton off when North Devon had the chance, only he wasn't there.A rapid-fire 50 low down the order by Wasim Mohammed helped Plympton reach 161 all out after they had been becalmed at 111 for eight with the overs fast declining.Arwyn Jones and Lewis Gregory then claimed three wickets each as North Devon, last season's Premier champs were dispatched for 101 with six overs to go.Plympton round runs hard to come by early on against North Devon's three-man seam attack and started losing wickets alarmingly when they tried to up the tempo.Opener Dave Walter made a steady 20 and Gregory had a patient 42 off 77 balls with four boundaries in it.North Devon were on top during the period when Plympton slumped from 73 for one to 87 for six - Matt Westaway (3-45) among the wickets - but couldn't finish Plympton off.At 111 for eight it looked dicey for Plympton, which was when Wasim and Craig Donohue embarked on a rescue mission.Wasim made 50 off 61 balls with six fours and a six, while Donohue kept his end up for 14 not out. Their stand of 42 proved crucial in the context of the game.Keith Donohue (2-15) removed both North Devon openers, Dan Pickard and Rob Gear, then Wasim (2-28) and Gregory (3-12) got stuck into the middle order.Stuart Rhodes (36) resisted longest, but Wasim came back for a second spell and picked him off at 79 for seven. Jones finished off the tail enders with three for 22.