Wessels looking to add to 1,000-plus runs and six tons so far
BRADNINCH go into the derby clash with Sandford light in the batting department.
Tim Piper, Dan Hardy and Andrew Buzza are all absent, leaving skipper Gary Chappell with a dilemma.
“We don't want to weaken the 2nd XI as they are pushing for promotion,” said Chappell, who scored an unbeaten double hundred when the sides met first time round.
“Given our strong league position I think we'll be going into this game very light.”
Bradninch are top of the table in the A Division and go into the final third of the season Bradninch were 40 points clear at the top of the table with Lewdown, Paignton and Budleigh the best of the rest.
Paignton are now 49 points behind Bradninch with five games to go and no longer a threat to Bradninch for one of the promotion places.
If Bradninch beat Sandford in the mid-Devon derby at Kensham Park this Saturday, they will be as good as up, although promotion as champions will probably have to wait another week or maybe two.
BRADNINCH have pulled out of Sunday’s Euro Shopper Devon Cup semi-final against Exeter due to team-raising issues.
LEWDOWN captain Tallan Burns is confident there are plenty more runs to come this season from South African star batsman Johannes Wessels.
Wessels went through the 1,000-run mark with a ton against Ipplepen last Saturday – his sixth in 12 trips to the crease.
As Lewdown are chasing the runners-up spot behind champs in waiting Bradninch, the more runs Wessels make the better.
“We congratulate Johan on reaching the 1000 figure,” said Burns.
“I am sure he's not finished yet - he still has a lot more in him.”
Lewdown visit Plympton tomorrow, a game they ought to win on paper.
Plympton are bouncing along in and around the relegation places. But Lewdown are a bit below full strength.
“We have a few key players missing, including both our wicket keepers, said Burns.
“But, we will still go to Plympton with the same belief and determination to get a result.
“I will give a good chance for a few second team lads to get experience playing in the A division.
“We will be looking forward to a good game against good opposition.”
HATHERLEIGH, out of the bottom two thanks to a win over Barton, are on the road to Paignton.
Paignton lost to Bradninch last Saturday in the top-of-the-table clash and need a win to stay in the promotion race.
“Paignton will be a tough game a they have some very dangerous players and we need to keep them quiet with the bat,” said Hatherleigh captain Mark Lake,
“I think we're up for the challenge and we did beat them at home so there's no reason if we perform we can get another positive result.”
Rob cockwill returns in place of Niall Leahy.
CHUDLEIGH’S loss against Budleigh has put the pressure on to beat winless Ipplepen.
There is still an 18-point gap between Chudleigh and the drop zone, but skipper Ed Foreman is not too comfortable with it.
Ipplepen are resigned to the drop, but the freedom that brings makes them a threat.
“Ipplepen have the quality to beat teams in this league and I want to make sure that we are not their first victims,” said Foreman.
“We need to be more disciplined that last week if we are going to get the result we need from this match.
“We must apply ourselves better with the bat and bowl more consistent areas also.”
Matt Ball is back to strengthen the bowling attack.
BUDLEIGH go into their game with Sandford just 11 points behind Lewdown in second place