A Division previews: Kazi back for Torquay + Cornwood unchanged + Pugh and Muzammil in for Brixham
TORQUAY have a busy weekend ahead as they are in action both days
Saturday’s home game against Abbotskerwell will be followed by an ECB National Cup game away to Wadebridge on Sunday (1pm).
The side that beat Brixham last time out by 119 runs will be further strengthened by the return of pacer Kazi Szymanski.
Jack Richardson, a left-arm seamer who has doubled as an opening bat in the past, reappears after completing university studies that have ruled him out for most of the past two seasons.
Spinner Harry Passenger and young all-rounder Dylan Kassons make way.
CORNWOOD are likely to be unchanged at home to Chudleigh.
"I couldn’t fault our performance against Budleigh Salterton so just looking to keep the momentum going,” said Cornwood skipper Matt Skeemer.
Despite picking up a win against Ivybridge, Chudleigh captain Matt Heather said there were issues that could not be avoided after being bowled out for 85.
“We need to improve on our batting this week," said Heather.
"Bringing in Dan Britcliffe will provide us with the extra batting we need.
“Cornwood will be strong, but if we apply ourselves with the bat and bowl like we did last week, then anything is possible.”
Britcliffe replaces seamer Ben Holmes.
FORMET Devon and England Amateurs batsman Andy Pugh returns for Brixham at Plympton.
Overseas player Rehman Muzammil should arrive in time to make his belated debut for Brixham.
Muzammil, a batter who bowls off-spin, was registered earlier this week and arrives from Pakistan with some impressive stats in professional cricket.
Muzammill averages nearly 34 in First Class cricket and a fraction over 40 in List A matches. His career has included games for KRL, Multan Tigers and Pakistan A.
He has plenty of experience in UK league cricket having played for Sanderstead in the Surrey Championship since 2009. He has compiled 5,700 runs and taken 125 wickets in 147 games for the club.
After last week’s heavy defeat by Torquay, new Brixham captain Mark Orchard is clear what he wants to see.
“We need to bat 50 overs, which is the key to moving forward and putting our first win on the board,” said Orchard.
PLYMPTON skipper Craig Donohue won’t want another nail-biter when his side host Brixham.
Plympton lost a final-over thriller by two runs at Bideford last time out, which was hard to take.
Donohue wants to accentuate the positives and do nullify the negatives.
“There were some real good signs from Bideford, such as guys scoring runs and looking good in the middle,” said Donohue.
“An area to improve is trying to keep standards high in the field for the full innings, not 90 per cent of it.
“We are home this weekend and have lots of competition for places, which can only be a good thing.”
Team news is one change and that is James Degg in for Harry Kandampully.
IVYBRIDGE, at home to Budleigh Salterton, have promoted Archie McWhinnie to replace the absent James Bullock in the attack.
George Thompson resumes behind the stumps after missing the day one defeat at Chudleigh, where the Bridge lost by 11 runs chasing 86 to win.
Skipper Harry Solomon’s targets are two-fold against Budleigh Salterton.
“We need to apply ourselves when batting and reduce the extras we concede when bowling,” he said.
Budleigh, all out for 64 in a 113-run defeat by Cornwood, make one enforced change.
Keeper Dan Messom is unavailable so Nic Boult deputises behind the stumps.
PAIGNTON expect to be unchanged for the home game against Bideford.
News on the overseas front is that Kevin Renecke is likely to arrive from South Africa in time to play against Plympton next Saturday.