Top two clash in A Division when Conwood visit Torquay


MATCH of the day in the A Division is the first-versus-second clash between leaders Cornwood and chasers Torquay.

Cornwood will arrive at the Recreation Ground with a perfect record of eight from eight. They have only dropped six points out of 160 on offer so far.

Torquay have more bonus points on the board than Cornwood, but lost to Paignton in week four.

The gap is only nine points, which means tomorrow’s winners will almost certainly be top dogs at half way.

“It is the biggest game of the season so far,” said Torquay captain George Allen.

Glamorgan 2nd XI paceman Kazi Szymanski is home from college and able to play. So, too is seamer Sonny Baker.

Paignton should go second if they beat visiting Ivybridge and Torquay slip up against the Corns.

Budleigh, away to Brixham, are looking to build on their win over Abboskerswell.

The win took Budleigh 22 points clear of the drop spots.

The Doble brothers – all-rounder Ed and keeper-batter James – are preferred to Nick Boult and Sean Butler.

Abbotskerswell will be keen to bounce back from that setback when they entertain Plympton.

“We would like to get back to winning ways, but there's never an easy game in the A Division,” said skipper Charlie Hill.

Connor Adams and Charlie Smout-Cooper drop down to the 2nd XI to get a bit more game time.

Sam Carpenter returns after being away last week and Alex Birt also comes back in.

Bideford are under pressure to beat visiting Chudleigh this Saturday after a nine-wicket defeat by Cornwood left them in trouble at the wrong end of the table.

The drubbing at Cornwood has left Bideford one place and seven points off the bottom two. As Chudleigh are the team immediately below, the consequences of a defeat are clear.

Paul Heard, the Bideford captain, knows Chudleigh will see the game as a way of climbing out of the bottom two.

He said: “This week now becomes a must-win game for us. 

“Chudleigh will be approaching the game in the same way as us and we need to make sure we use our home advantage.”