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Cricket: Nugent and Carter called-up by Berkshire CCC

Paceman Tom Nugent and 17-year-old batsman Archie Carter are set to play their first Unicorns Championship game of the season when Berkshire take on Devon at Falkland CC in a three-day match starting at 11am on Sunday.

Datchet spinner Ollie Birts has been called up, while Richard Morris and Euan Woods are unavailable.

Nugent was forced to miss the previous three games due to work commitments after starting a new job, but he has made himself available on this occasion.

In his absence, Berkshire brought in a different replacement for each game, and they were all part of a winning team, including last week’s 322-run annihilation of second-in-the-table Shropshire at Finchampstead.

This leaves the national champions as the only unbeaten county in the Western Division and if they can extend their winning run to four games in their final home fixture of the season they will be well placed to retain the title.

They have not lost a home league game since July 2014.

Devon were expected to be strong title challengers, but instead surprisingly find themselves still seeking their first championship win this summer, following a draw with Wales Minor Counties and defeats by Cornwall and Herefordshire.

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Berkshire: Waqas Hussain (Sawston & Babraham), Archie Carter (Wokingham), Andy Rishton (Henley), James Morris (capt, Datchet), Dan Lincoln (Finchampstead), Joe Thomas (Datchet), Stewart Davison (wkt, Finchley), Chris Peploe (Datchet), Tom Nugent (Henley), Ollie Birts (Datchet), Ali Akbar (Slough).

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In the Eastern Division, Buckinghamshire are away to Cambridgeshire at Fenners.

Bucks come into the match off the back of an eight-wicket defeat to Lincolnshire.

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