Skipper Allen plunders a career-best knock of 165

Friday 6th July 2018 3:00 pm
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JAMES ALLEN: His record-breaking knock included 23 fours and a six.

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SOUTH Devon will be gunning for revenge tomorrow when Stoke Gabriel visit Marsh Road (1.30pm), reports Conrad Sutcliffe.

The two sides met on the opening day of the season when the villagers won by 36 runs.

South Devon go into the rematch boosted by a 302-run win over Plymouth Civil Service & Roborough and strengthened by the arrival of a new player.

New Zealander Alan Kerr is over in this country for a month on holiday and has hooked up with South Devon for the duration of his stay.

‘Alan bats and bowls seam up and looks like a useful acquisition for us at this stage of the season,’ said skipper James Allen.

Allen slammed a career-best 165 against struggling Plymouth Civil Service & Roborough, who turned up a man short.

‘They hadn’t got enough players to get a second team out and while you feel sorry for any club having problems you can only play what is in front of you,’said Allen.

Allen’s 165, which came off 131 balls and included 23 fours and a six, helped South Devon post a whopping 388-5.

Rob Stephens marked his promotion from the 2nd XI with 64 – he and Allen put on 166 – and Dinesh Raheja slapped 12 fours and a six off 52 balls in his 96.

Raheja and Allen posted 165 for the third wicket.

Club record books will be dusted off and consulted when they can be found. However, Allen can be confident his 165 is a South Devon record.

Mark Andrews is in the Devon League’s record books with the previous club high of 151, scored against Hatherleigh in 1998.

Civil were all out for 86 in reply, no one making more than Nathan Bulley (20).

There were three wickets each for Aaron Hammett (3-32) and Joe Kitto (3-42).

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