Brixham skipper says time for team to show why they are out there - A Division previews

Mitch Pugh - whose ton and seven-wicket haul helped Torquay scupper Cornwood last time out

TABLE-topping Torquay will start as favourites when relegation worriers Brixham visit the Recreation Ground tomorrow.

Torquay are fresh from beating former leaders Cornwood by 73 runs. Brixham were 195-run losers at home to Budleigh.

Brixham are living dangerously 11 points off the bottom two and could be dragged into the relegation places if they lose and Chudleigh win at Ivybridge tomorrow.

Mark Orchard, the Brixham captain, is under no illusions how tough the game will be tomorrow.

He added: “But it is time we all stepped up and showed why we are there every week. 

"Budleigh put our 272 on the board and batted very well. Didn't give us a sniff.

“Then poor application was shown batting. Shot selection wasn't the best and we have to start taking responsibility.”

Andy Pugh, Connor Ashworth and Nathan Way come in for George Northcott, Matt Edwards and Mark Coysh.

Paignton and Abbotskerswell are getting under way at 11am at Queens Park to fit in with the football.

All-rounder Chris Kelmere and seamer Cole Harford are back in for Paignton, who are only five points off top spot after defeating Ivybridge.

“We are back within touching distance of the top and need to keep up the pressure with another win this weekend,” said skipper Richard Ashworth.

Abbots are fourth in the table, 40 points behind Paignton in second place.

Dickie Acton coms in for batter Charlie Mitch, who has a bout of tonsillitis.

A good second half of the season could lift Abbots into promotion contention, if they can start beating the teams above them.

“Been a good first half for us but improvements in all aspects can be made,” said chairman Paul Mitchell.

“It is a tough couple of weeks to come with Torquay at ours next Saturday.

“We will be looking to push them both harder than we did first time out.”

Bideford skipper Paul Heard will see Saturday’s trip to Plympton as a chance to turn the season around.

Last Saturday’s 26-run defeat by Chudleigh meant Bideford dropped into the bottom two at the halfway stage.

Bideford have lost five in a row since beating bottom side Ivybridge by five wickets on May Bank Holiday Saturday.

As Plympton haven’t won for four rounds, Bideford will be targeting the game for a win.

“Half way must be seen as a new chapter for us and lour focus must be on finding any way to win,” said skipper Paul Heard.

Cornwood, at home to Budleigh (noon), welcome back skipper Matt Skeemer and Craig Harris, who both missed the defeat by Torquay. Josh Goodliffe and James Richardson drop out.

Budleigh have yet to decide who will replace absent batter Tom Oxland in their side.

The win at Brixham lifted Budleigh into the top half of the table, however Cornwood will be on a mission after their defeat at Torquay and should be far tougher.