Only two games matter in the B Division this weekend
ONLY two games matter much in the B Division this Saturday – one at the top of the table and one at the bottom.
Promotion and the title will be settled once the game between chasers Plymstock and leaders Ivybridge is played out at Dean Cross.
The other is at the bottom where Thoverton host South Devon with survival the prize.
Ivybridge are six points clear at the top of Plymstock with Bideford a further 22 points behind in third.
If Ivybridge win they are up as champions and Plymstock will have to beat Ottery on the last day to be sure.
A Plymstock win throws up a different scenario of three teams going into the last round chasing two spots – which happened last year.
Bideford ought beat Dartington & Totnes this Saturday, which would leave them playng Ivybridge in the last game with promotion the possible prie.
Plymstock have been down this road before; missing out on promotion last season on the final day when Ipplepen went past them.
Bridge skipper Kelvin Trent wants to end the uncertainty for his team now.
“We are going to give it 100 per cent this week and are confident we can put in a good performance to clinch promotion.
“It will be tough as plymstock are a good all round team and it will be a close game as it normally is.”
Josh Coker comes in for the holidaying Gareth Andrews.
Scott Mansfield, the Plymstock captain, said: “It is a massive game for both clubs in search of A Division cricket next season.
“Our history of results is poor in this fixture, but times have changed and the chance of going up as champions is a real opportunity for us now.
A string of favorable results and great cricket played by us have made things look very promising.
“Everyone's looking forward to Saturday's derby with what's a stake; these are the games we play cricket for.”
All-rounder Seb Jordan comes back in and George Barnicott returns to assist the second team.
At the other end of the table South Devon have to win against Thorverton, otherswise it is curtains.
Dartington & Totnes are already down and Braunton skipper Jon Baglow ran up the white flag after his side were routed by promotion-chasing Plymstock.
Three go down in the B Division and if things stay the way they are that’s going to be South Devon.
The other side in relegation danger is Thorverton, who are 23 points clear of South Devon with two games to go after winning at Dartington last time out.
One of those games just happens to be Thorverton against South Devon at Station Road this Saturday.
South Devon can’t get ahead of Thorverton by winning, but they can take the fight to stay up down to the last round.
Thorverton play Tavistock on the last day while South Devon are at home to Shobrooke Park.
It’s a tall order for South Devon, but they do have ‘previous’ where Houdini Acts are concerned. They were in the bottom three this time last year, but beat Braunton on the last day to stay up.
South Devon will be doing it the hard way this Saturday as a club member’s wedding has left skipper Jon Martin short handed.