A FIVE-wicket haul for James White on his debut outing for the Devon Dumplings couldn’t save his new team-mates from losing by three-wickets to South Oxfordshire Amateurs.

White, who lives near Tavistock and attends King’s, Taunton, was playing for the nomadic, midweek team on the County Ground at Exeter.

His five-for 44 haul wasn’t enough to avoid defeat though. White is playing for Somerset under-16s next week in a two-day game against Wales at Taunton Vale.

The Dumplings were all out for 175 in the 50th over of the old-style declaration game – opener Mattie Thomas top scoring with 45.

Thomas and White (24) got the score up to 85 for two and at that stage a sizeable total seemed on the cards.

Wickets fell to the spin of Mannering and Muttitt as the Dumplings dipped to 94 for four. The next best stand after that was one of 44 be- tween James Ewen (31) and Kian Burns (16).

Skipper Conrad Sutcliffe was the not-out batsman when the last wicket fell.

The Dumplings suffered a set back when opening bowler Dan Fogerty withdrew himself from the attack after an over due to an elbow injury, bringing White into the attack early.

The tourists reached 122 for two without too many problems, then White got among them.

Four wickets fell for five runs added – and White was in the thick of it. He took three in 16 balls and deflected a drive onto the stumps to run out a fourth.

Big-hitting left-hander Max Reilly ended any doubt about the outcome by slash- ing 43 in hurry to take the tourists within a couple of runs of victory.

Devon Dumplings 175 (M Thomas 45, J White 27, J Ewen 31; A Muttitt 5-49), South Oxfordshire Amateurs 177-7 (A Basford 44, J McDougall 43, M Reilly 43; J White 5-44). SoA beat Devon Dumplings by 3 wicket.

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