Long-time leaders one win away from Premier title

SIDMOUTH should pick up the win they need to clinch the Premier Division title when they visit Brixham.

The long-time Premier leaders are 45 points ahead of Heathcoat in second place with three games to play and 60 points on offer.

If Sidmouth beat relegated Brixham the title is theirs with two games to go.

Skipper Luke Bess knows his side is expected to win, but will be treating it like any other game.

“I don’t wish to seem complacent but we will be going for full points, as we do in every game,” said Bess.

“Our approach won’t change for one game: we will go out there looking to do the job properly.”

Dan Powell isn’t available on Saturday which leaves a batting gap to fill at selection tonight.

Josh Bess will continue as a stand-in wicketkeeper while he has an injury that prevents him bowling.

BOVEY Tracey will be anxious to take a win away from the County Ground when they square up to Exeter.

While the City side are going to finish second or third, Bovey have been sucked into the relegation frame.

Last Saturday’s defeat by North Devon pulled Bovey down to fourth from bottom, two places and nine points clear of the drop slots.

Skipper Sam Hickinbottom said any more low scores could be disastrous for his side.

“We need to step up now with only three games to go and put in one of the performances that we've shown we're capable of this year,” said Hickinbottom.

“We know Exeter are a strong side and will be a big test for us but if we do turn it on then we can beat anyone so we have to be confident.”

Exeter should be stronger this Saturday thanks to the reappearances of England U19 pair Dom Bess and Ben Green.

Green and Bess missed the last round of fixtures as they were playing against Sri Lanka.

The return of Bess probably means Rob Holman won’t be needed as a spare bowler, freeing him to concentrate on his batting.

The former Devon batsman has taken five scalps in the last two games – not bad for a player who kept wicket for Devon U21s earlier in his career.

EXMOUTH, condemned to a place among the also rans, are at home to Torquay.

Skipper Richard Baggs is looking for a reaction from his players after their seven-wicket defeat by Cornwood.

Fin Marks replaces dad Greg in the side and Lawrence Greenway takes over from Jon Evennett.

ELSEWHERE in the Premier Division, Heathcoat go to Cornwood looking for another win in their bid to finish second.

The Tiverton side have not finished higher than third in the Premier table since joining the Devon League in 1978.

Spinner Jack Menheneott is not available for the trip to Oak Park but batter Toby Lochead, who missed the win over Brixham last Saturday, is back from holiday.

North Devon are at home to Plymouth, who are not out of danger yet. Rob Ayre - a 30-season veteran of the Premier Division - comes into the early order for North Devon.