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Lancs take U14 honours

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Lancashire won the ECB U14 County Cup with a 122-run win over Devon in the final at Oakham School

Inserted by Devon after losing the toss, Lancashire began strongly with an opening stand of 114 between Calum Turner (58) and Joe Nocter (52). It proved to be the foundation for an imposing total as they ended 200 for five from their 45 overs.

That proved too much for Devon, who in reply were never able to build a meaningful partnership. Their top-scorer made 16, and as the run rate crept up they eventually collapsed to 78 all out, after some good bowling by Lancashire’s effective mix of seam and spin.

The final wicket, a direct hit run out, sealed a deserved victory for the northern county.

Both sides had come through semi-final encounters the day before, Devon overcoming Staffordshire and Lancashire defeating Norfolk, each having initially qualified from their regional leagues.