Bideford and Tavistock meet in B Division first-against-second clash

Ollie Pinnock - called up by Seaton to play against Abbotskerswell
Ollie Pinnock - called up by Seaton to play against Abbotskerswell

BIDEFORD can grab top spot in the B Division if they win at Tavistock this Saturday.

It seems to be all change every week in the B Division this season with Bideford, Ipplepen, Shobrooke and now Tavistock taking a turn.

Tavistock went top last week when they won at Shobrooke Park. Bideford are just two points behind in second place.

Tavistock will be without skipper Shaun Daymond (wedding), paceman James McGahey and holidaying all-rounder Charlie Barriball.

Batter Ian Gray and young all-rounder James White fill two of the gaps.

Daymond said any game against another top-four side from now on is a chance not to be squandered.

A win puts a bit of daylight between us so a big performance is needed,” said Daymond, who is leaving Billy Barriball in charge.

“We've played Bideford a lot in the last few years so know their dangerous players and will look to capitalise on that.”

FILLEIGH skipper Simon Prideaux hopes the four-wicket win at Thorverton will be a turning point in the season.

It hoisted Filleigh out of the bottom two and lifted hopes of avoiding a prompt return to the C Division East.

Filleigh are known as a second-half side – and with good reason.

Last season they won nine on the trot to go from relegation worriers to promotion play-off winners.

The season before a second-half revival culminated in a last-day win over Shaldon to avoid relegation.

Prideaux hopes the team live up to their reputation.

“The second half has been good to us in recent years and I am hoping for the same again this season,” said Prideaux.

We have McCauley Harrison-Hooton back in two weeks to keep wicket and add to the depth of the squad.

“Hopefully, the win over Thorverton will kick start our season.”

Shobrooke, down to fourth after losing to Tavistock in a last-ball thriller, welcome back spinner Tom Youngman to an otherwise unchanged side.

The leadership keeps changing week after week and for Shobrooke to stay in the top two they need to find some consistency.

“We lost some close ones in the first half of the season and if we can turn those into wins we will be right up there come September,” said skipper Chris Simpson.

“If we are good with availability we will be looking for a strong finish to the season.”

On tomorrow’s game, Simpson said: “Filleigh are coming off a win so it is a danger game.

“We batted really well last week so hopefully we will keep that going.”

SEATON entertain Abbotskerswell in high spirits after winning four in the trot.

Skipper Ben Morgan feels Seaton have exceeded expectations in the first half of the season, but having set a high standard now have to maintain it.

“I am looking to continue our good form,” said Morgan.

“We had a great first half of the season and looking for much of the same.

“We are bowling and fielding well and the confidence is high.

“Maybe just looking for our lads to go on with the bat.

“We have had many starts which have not gone on.”

Phil Collins is missing from the attack to Ollie Pinnock returns.

THORVERTON are away to Ipplepen, who are on high spirits after Thursday night’s 36-run win over Abbotskerswell in the final of the Aaron Printers T20 Cup.

Thors dropped into the bottom two after losing to Filleigh last time out.

The batting will be stronger thanks to the return of George Greed and James Hope.

Thorverton gave Pens a scare when the sides last met, falling 11 runs short of victory chasing 251 to win.

Andy Pitt, the Thorverton captain, feels there is room for optimism in his camp.

“We had a good game against Ipplepen first up and we know how they play,” said Pitt.

“Obviously it's a tough test but they've lost a couple of games over the last few weeks.

“We know if we play at our best, which hasn't happened once this season so far, we can beat anyone in this division.”

BARTON hope to have skipper Adam Parker back at the helm for the basement clash with Ottery at Cricketfield Road.

Parker was required with his wife on the maternity ward when Barton went to Bideford last Saturday. Stuart Bowker was left in charge.