Bradley poised to make Devon debut alongside his brother in Cornwall
Devon are poised to hand Bovey Tracey captain Peter Bradley his Minor Counties Champonship debut in the cross-border skirmish with Cornwall starting at St Austell tomorrow (11am).
Bradley – older brother Chris is county captain – has been hammering out his case for inclusion week in and week out in the Francis Clark Devon League Premier Division by sheer weight of runs.
More than 300 in a soggy season is a record only new county colleague David Lye can match.
Bradley is among the new generation of Devon players being groomed through the Lions development programme funded by the David Shepherd Foundation. At the moment he is in the 12 for St Austell, but it is hard to see Devon leaving him out after he has taken two days off work.
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Bradley is not counting any chickens, though, and will not believe he is in the side until the team is pinned up on the wall. "I had always hoped I might play a game for Devon, and I was in the 13 but not the 12 for the Wiltshire game in the Trophy last Sunday," he said.
"If I am picked, it will be great to play under my brother and with my Bovey team-mate Ryan Bougourd, who is new to the team this season.
"They are going to be hard acts to follow, though, as Chris won the Minor Counties title in his first game as captain – and Ryan took seven wickets against Wales two weeks ago on his debut."
Devon started their defence of the title they won last year with a five-wicket win over Wales in a one-innings match at Exmouth two weeks ago.
Missing from the squad named for that match are batsman Matt Wood – he has work commitments – and 12th man Andy Buzza. Peter Bradley and Seb Benton come in.
Cornwall have named a similar line-up to the team that played at Eastnor against Herefordshire a fortnight ago, when only the first day saw any play. Tom Sharp is hoping to be fit following the hand injury sustained last Sunday against Cumberland in the MCCA Trophy quarter-final. He split his webbing trying to hold on to a return catch.
He was "glued up" and told he should be able to play this weekend.
Nottinghamshire Academy player Ben Kitt, who was originally named to play against Herefordshire, is included again. He takes the place of Kelvin Snell, who replaced him at Eastnor.
Kitt's Nottinghamshire colleague Tom Rowe has also been named in a 12-man squad. He made a sensational debut last season, when in the two Championship games he played he averaged over 96.
Rowe made 77 and 41 not out against Shropshire at St Austell, and followed up with a century and 69 against Herefordshire at Truro. He was also named in the England Under-19 Twenty20 squad at the start of the season. There is an ICC Under-19 World Cup in Australia in August to aim for.
Cornwall (from): T G Sharp (Truro), M L Robins, J D Libby, A C Libby (all Callington), D F Davis (Thornbury), K J Parsons (Taunton St Andrews), T C Rowe, B M Kitt (both Nottinghamshire), C A Hunkin (Grampound Road), T Williams (St Austell), A G Smeeth, S C Hockin (both Werrington).
Devon (from): R J Woodman (Taunton), R J Holman (Exeter), J E Burke (Budleigh), D F Lye (Exmouth), J J Bess (Sidmouth), P Bradley (Bovey Tracey), M W Thompson (Torquay), T S Anning (Exmouth), R J Bougourd, C Bradley (Bovey Tracey), M C Goulding (Bradninch), S R Benton (Paignton).