Premier previews from all five games: Let's get back to basics says Hatherleigh skipper Lake + Baggs returns for Exmouth
HATHERLEIGH skipper Mark Lake wants to avoid another setback similar to the five-wicket defeat imposed on his side at Heathcoat.
Any euphoria from the opening day win over North Devon quickly evaporated as Hatherleigh were bowled out for 99.
Dan Fogerty’s five-wicket haul meant it wasn’t plain sailing for Heathcoat, but they got over the line with time to spare.
It won’t be any easier this Saturday as Hatherleigh go to joint leaders Exmouth.
“Exmouth away will be tough as they've started well, but it's all on the day though,” said Lake.
“We need to get back to basics with the bat and aim to put good scores on the board and giving our selves a chance.”
Fogerty is away on a rugby tour to Belgium with Okehampton but Lake hopes to have opening bat Danny Forrester back. He made 71 in the win over North Devon.
Exmouth expect skipper Richard Baggs back from holiday but are still without injured all-rounder Callum French.
NORTH Devon captain Matt Westaway remains optimistic the first win of the season isn’t far away despite two successive defeats.
Hatherleigh beat North Devon in the first round of games and Exmouth inflicted a two-wicket reversal on Westaway’s side last time out.
North Devon made 232 for seven in their 50 overs – Dan Bowser hitting an unbeaten century - which Exmouth knocked off after a struggle with 11 balls to spare.
Will it be third time lucky away to Bradninch this Saturday? Westaway hopes so.
“I saw an improvement in our performance against Exmouth. compared to the previous week, at eight down I thought it could have gone either way,” said the North Devon skipper.
“I'm hopeful the first win is just around the corner. It's way to early in the season to panic but a win would be nice.
“It's the little things that we need to go our way like a 50-50 decision, the ball taking the edge or an outstanding catch.
“The guys are training hard and keen to turn the corner.”
Somerset’s Jamie Overton has played in both North Devon’s games so far and Westaway is optimistic he will feature at Bradninch.
Bradninch skipper Gary Chappell has had selection decisions to make and even without wicket-taker Ross Acton feel he has a perky side.
“I've got 14 players to choose from this weekend so I'm not sure who will play,” said Chappell.
“It's going to be tough on a couple people to miss out, but it's nice that the club is in such a position.
“Charlie Sheen and Tallan Burns are making their debuts and Matt Parker is back from injury. “
On the challenge of the match, Chappell said: “North Devon look a decent side and when they are all fully fit, will take some beating.
“Will be a tough game and we need to bounce back from last week’s disappointing result (at Sandford).”
BOVEY Tracey against Plymouth has all the trappings of a basement battle even though it is only round three.
Neither side has one a game so far and are occupants of the two relegation places.
Plymouth spent most of last season in the bottom two before wriggling off the relegation hook by beating Sidmouth on the final day.
Bovey spent most of last season top of the table and won the title with three rounds to spare.
Close season departures have harmed Bovey, including the long-term absence of Devon all-rounder Matt Golding.
Golding went out to Australia last autumn, as is his habit, and has informed friends he is staying put.
“I’m staying in Melbourne as I’ve just apply for a visa, which is minimum two years, so I won’t be back to play cricket anytime soon,” Golding told www.devoncricket.co.uk
Bovey intend to name an unchanged side for what skipper Toby Codd described as ‘a huge game’.
SIDMOUTH skipper Luke Bess hopes his joint leaders can start dominating games, starting with the visit of Heathcoat tomorrow.
Sidmouth have beaten Sandford and Plymouth in their first two games, but were not convincing in either of them.
“We have been good in patches in our first two games but will be looking to improve on that this weekend,” said the captain.
Henry Gater is unavailable for the game, but Devon all-rounder Zak Bess is and comes in as a straight replacement.
Heathcoat are likely to be unchanged having won last time out against Hatheleigh.
Skipper Peter Randerson feels the batsmen have a point to prove though after two patchy displays.
“Looking for our batters to dig in and work hard for our runs,” said Randerson.
PREMIER new boys Sandford will want to build on last Saturday’s win over Bradninch when they visit Exeter.
Skipper Richard Foan has picked an unchanged side for what he describes as ‘another tough game’.
“We have already played two of last seasons top three – Sidmouth and Bradninch – and this will be another tough game against a team in good form,” said Foan.
“This is the type of challenge we have been looking forward to. We have shown we are here to compete so don't expect this week to be any different.”
Exeter welcome back England U19 paceman Ethan Bamber and Sean Morris.