Ben impresses in Devon win

Somerset all-rounder Ben Green helped Devon to end Berkshire’s reign as Minor Counties Trophy champions with an aggressive half century which helped to set up a 22 run win at Sidmouth recently.

The 20-year-old, who plays his club cricket for Exeter, played in Somerset’s last three Royal London One-Day Cup matches but was released back to his native county for the semi-final and he made his presence felt with 66 from 85 balls.

Ben added 98 for the third wicket with Matthew Thompson of St Fagans which helped Devon to recover from 28 for three. Zac Bess, cousin of Somerset and England spinner Dom Bess, then hit five sixes in his 73 from 49 balls on his home ground to help Devon to 273 for eight in their 50 overs.

Tom Nugent, a former Loughborough MCCU seamer, took five for 52, his best Trophy figures, but despite his efforts and half centuries from captain James Morris and Loughborough MCCU opener Andy Rishton, Berkshire fell short.

It was Berkshire’s first defeat in the Trophy since they were beaten by Devon, also at the quarter-final stage, two years ago.

Devon will now have a home semi-final against Suffolk, who beat Oxfordshire by six wickets at Banbury, in the semi-finals on July 1

Devon 273-8 (Zac Bess 73 not out, Ben Green 66, Matthew Thompson 53, Tom Nugent 5-52), Berkshire 251 (James Morris 51, Andy Rishton 50). Devon won by 22 runs.

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