Blaise Baker following in the foot-steps of big brother Sonny onto the playing fields of Kings College Taunton had a very successful time with the ball for Devon U12s at the ESCA Festival.
First up was Gloucestershire and he claimed 4 for 25 off 7.2 overs in a 66 run win.
Next up was Somerset (who had Dexter Trego and Cole Willoughby in their side – familiar surnames) and he claimed 3 for 19 off 9 overs in a 36 run defeat.
Weather shortened the match against Hampshire to 30 overs per side and Blaise was on his compulsory rest day from bowling with Devon losing by 9 runs. Blaise with 13 though did try and lead a rear guard action to get Devon over the line but came up just short.
Lancashire rocked up next minus Rocky Flintoff (son of). Blaise champing at the bit after his compulsory day off from bowling (to manage his work load) was soon back into the swing of it – a tidy but wicketless opening spell (5 overs for just 9 runs). His second spell of 4 overs saw him claim a solitary wicket finishing with 1 for 16.
Last up should have been a winner’s take it all match against California. The players warmed up but alas the only winner was the weather and no play was possible. Devon had to be content with finishing runners up.
As Matt Theedom, Devon’s CDO said earlier in the summer, “you can see the boys who play open age cricket.”