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Former England wicketkeeper Chris Read at the crease at start of day two of Shropshire’s match at Devon


Former England wicketkeeper Chris Read will be at the crease when the second day of Shropshire’s Unicorns Championship match against Devon at Sandford gets under way at 10.30am this morning.

Only 13.2 overs were bowled on the opening day before play was abandoned owing to rain in the south west.

Devon, asked to bat first, will resume on 30-2 with Liam Lewis unbeaten on 15 and Read, the Nottinghamshire captain who is playing his first match for Devon, his home county, for 20 years yet to get off the mark.

Read, 38, who played 52 games for England in all formats, started his illustrious career with Paignton and Devon as a teenager before joining Nottinghamshire.

The Trent Bridge skipper has announced his intention to retire at the end of the season to take up a post as director of cricket at Uppingham School in Rutland.

Gurjit Sandhu made the first breakthrough for Shropshire on day one, with James Ralph holding on to a catch to remove opener Tom Ansell for eight with the score on 13.

Alex Wyatt then trapped Matt Thompson lbw for seven to reduce Devon to 26-2, with the hosts adding four more runs to their total before play was abandoned for the day.

Shropshire’s side includes Championship debutant Sam Whitney, the Bridgnorth captain, while there are first appearances of the season for wicketkeeper Simon Gregory, his Cricket Meadow team mate, and Oswestry skipper Robbie Clarke.