Minor Counties cricket: Devon skipper Josh Bess targets play-offs

Josh Bess

says they must win their remaining Minor Counties Championship games if they want to make the play-offs.

Devon batted for 75 overs to end on 257-8 and salvage a draw with Herefordshire.

"If we want to get to the play-offs we have to win them all now," Bess told BBC South West Sport.

"I don't think that's unrealistic, I actually think it's quite an achievable target with the players we have."

In reply to the hosts first-innings' 344-7 declared, Devon slumped to 40-4 before Bess came to the rescue in his first game in charge.

The all-rounder led a recovery, with the help of Sandy Allen (42) and Rhys Davies (63), reaching 113 not out before they were finally dismissed for 302.

Former skipper Chris Bradley, who bowled 60 overs in the match, then took five wickets in the second innings as the hosts made 347-8 declared.

But half centuries from Rob Holman (70) and David Lye (52), together with contributions from Bess (39) and Davies (43 not out), ensured the visitors held out for the draw.

Bess added: "I really enjoyed captaining the side and it was nice to get the hundred having just

"It was particularly pleasing as we were obviously in a pretty tight spot.

"More importantly it was good for the team for us to get as close to their first-innings score as possible.

"It was very satisfying to come away with a draw because we were never in a good position in this game.

"We were never in a position to control the game and were facing an uphill battle - considering that, a draw is a good result for us."

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