“It's going to be a good challenge”
says James Morris
Following their T20 double over Oxfordshire last weekend, Berkshire now turn their attention back to the Unicorns Trophy when they take on Devon in the quarter-finals at Sidmouth's seaside ground this coming Sunday (June 10).
The holders will be seeking revenge for their defeat in the one-day competition at Exmouth two years ago when new England Test star Dominic Bess took 2-31 off 10 overs and made 56 not out batting at No. 8 as Devon scored 218-8 to seal the victory with five balls to spare.
"After that defeat, we owe them one," says skipper James Morris
"There is a sort of long-standing rivalry between ourselves and Devon - two good sides battling it out.
"We are really excited about it. It's going to be a good challenge for the boys. We are looking forward to being challenged and to see what we can do and react to situations. It will certainly be a good game."
In the competition so far, Berkshire received a first-round bye before defeating Cornwall by 36 runs in round two at The Oratory School, while Devon beat Wiltshire by 56 runs.
Jack Davies, who was the man of the match with 127 not out in the second innings when Berkshire defeated Lincolnshire in the Championship play-off final at Banbury last August, is available and is set to open the innings on Sunday, probably with Andy Rishton. With Andy making 76, the pair shared an unbroken stand of 156 in just 24 overs to seal a six-wicket victory. Hopefully, they will get the Berkshire innings off to a flying start at Sidmouth.
The 12 named for Sunday is
Jack Davies (Henley)
Updated 18:38 - 10 Jun 2018 by Dave Wright
Andy Rishton (Henley)
Euan Woods (Henley)
Richard Morris (Henley)
Dan Lincoln (Finchampstead)
James Morris (capt, Datchet)
Chris Peploe (Datchet)
Joe Thomas (Dachet)
Stewart Davison (wkt, Finchley)
Tom Nugent (Henley)
Ollie Birts (Datchet)
Ali Raja (Slough)