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Alfie Huxtable enjoys new experiences on Devon cricket tour of South Africa

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: April 04, 2013

GETTING A GRIP: Leg-spinning all-rounder Alfie Huxtable. Picture: Mike Southon. To order this photograph call 0844 4060 269 and quote Ref: BNMS20130331B-003_C

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BATTING under floodlights was just one new experience for Alfie Huxtable when he toured South Africa with the Devon under-15 cricket squad.

Alfie struck 24, his highest score of the six-match tour, in the day-night fixture against the Southern Suburbs in Cape Town.

After he was run out, Devon won by one wicket in a thrilling finish at Bergvilet High School.

Ben Green was the final-over hero, hitting the 14 runs they needed off the first four balls.

"It was really good playing under floodlights and with a white ball – a new experience," said Alfie.

"It was a lot different and to begin with was quite tricky, it was hard to pick up the ball."

The win was Devon's third in a row at the start of a tour that finished with three defeats.

A two-day game, fielding for 60 overs and playing in 40C (104F) heat were other new experiences for Alfie on the field, to go with the off-field ones.

"It was amazing, the best two weeks of my life," he said.

"I got a few decent scores and a few important wickets.

"We went on a few safaris, which were really interesting, and we went up Table Mountain and to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned."

Back home, Alfie, a 15-year-old Pilton Community College student from Fremington, has completed a week's work experience with the Football in the Community department at Exeter City.

He has also been back in the nets with Devon and the North Devon district squad.

A right-handed batsman and leg-spin bowler – "I've got a lot of variation, including a googly and a quicker ball" – Alfie started playing eight years ago, inspired by Andrew Flintoff's exploits in the 2005 Ashes series.

"I've played for Devon since I was 9," said Alfie, who expects to use his North Devon Sports Foundation grant for new equipment.

He hopes his next new experience will be playing for the Braunton first XI in the Francis Clark Devon League this summer.

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