Premier preview: Holman back for Exeter + Burke returns for Plymouth + Bovey batters boosted
PREMIER leaders Exeter will be without England U19 captain Tom Lammonby for the game against Plymouth on the County Ground.
Lammonby is unlikely to play club cricket for the best part of a month while the England series against South Africa is in full swing.
Ex-Devon batsman Rob Holman is back, which is some compensation, and Sean Morris is back too.
Devon all-rounder James Burke is back for Plymouth having been in Germany for a week. Tom Hughes drops out.
A minute’s silence will be observed before the game between Heathcoat and visiting Exmouth following the death of the host club’s chairman Richard Cabburn.
Heathcoat will be at full strength with batters Liam Lewis, Jack Dart and Sam Smith all available. Jamie Drew will add some options to the bowling attack.
Exmouth have to make a decision on who will replace unavailable bowling all-rounder Billy Rudolph.
If skipper Bob Dawson feels he has enough bowling onboard, he may go for one of the clutch of under-16 players who have taken the 2nd XI to the top of their division.
Bovey Tracey are two batters up against Bradninch with the inclusion of Andy Fairbairn and Abraham Kopparambil. Former Devon captain Chris Bradley returns, which strengthens the side in all departments.
Bradninch, who lobbied unsuccessfully for an early start to create time to watch the soccer World Cup game between England and Sweden, make two changes.
Charlie Sheen will be out for a few weeks after breaking a knuckle against Plymouth last week. Eliot Acton also missing.
Seamer Matt Parker is in and Dan Hardy is back this weekend, which will strengthen the batting.
“Bovey are a tough nut to crack at home as they are very shrewd in pitch preparation,” said Bradninch captain Gary Chappell.
“We are expecting a tough game on a spinner-friendly wicket.”
The derby clash between North Devon and Hatherleigh at Instow will be starting at 11am to allow football time
“I am expecting a competitive ] derby, even with the extended tea break when unity will sweep across the pavilion in the hope that England can put in a performance,” said North Devon captain Matt Westaway.
“With it being our sponsors’ day as well it should be a great atmosphere.
Ed Yeo still injured so Richard Screech comes in to keep wicket.
Hatherleigh are without Rob Cockwill so Adam Quick goes up from the 2nd XI.
Looking ahead, Hatherleigh skipper Mark Lake said: “It is derby game so everyone will be up for.
“I am confident if we perform we can gain a positive result and start the second half of the season with a win.”
Bottom side Sandford have doubts over the fitness of seamer Jamie Palmer (hamstring) for the Creedy Park date with Sidmouth.
Sandford are already 26 points adrift at the foot of the table, prompting an honest assessment of prospects from skipper Richard Foan.
“Being half way we have had a good look at the opposition and levels we need to play at to get results,” said Foan.
“If we learn the lessons from the first half I have no doubt the results will change.
“If we don't we go back to the A Division. I am interested to see the drive of my players and where they want to be.”
Sidmouth, who are third, have Devon captain Josh Bess back in for Scott Barlow.
Robbie Powell holds on to the gloves, despite the return from holiday of Cameron Grainger.