Minor Counties: Devon captaincy shared by Woodman & Thompson

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Rob Woodman (left) and Matt Thompson
Rob Woodman (left) and Matt Thompson will divide the Devon captaincy between them

Devon have split the captaincy of the county cricket side between the one and three-day teams.

Opening batsman Rob Woodman will lead the side in the one-day Unicorns Trophy campaign, which they last summer.

And Torquay wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Thompson will be skipper in three-day Minor Counties Championship fixtures.

They replace Josh Bess, who stood down at the end of the season after two years leading the county side.

"We go straight into the one-day knockout competition at the beginning of the season and Rob Woodman's emergence of both playing and captaincy was the right way to go in that sphere," Devon director of cricket Keith Donohue told BBC Sport.

"Matt Thompson, we've asked to be our three-day captain, with half an eye on the future as well."

Neither player has any experience of captaining a side at club level, but Donohue is unworried.

"It's not a concern whether they're captain of their club side or not. You don't know how someone's going to do it until they do it," he said.

"They're surrounded by good cricketers and a few senior players, so I'm sure they'll grow into it.

"It's not easy to be the finished article straight away and I'm confident they'll both perform well and grow into it quickly."