Plymstock forced to make changes to winning line-up + Thors skipper wary of Brixham
PLYMSTOCK go to Bovey Tracey 2nd XI feeling good among themselves after a comfortable win over Ipplepen.
Pens were bowled out for 131, which Plymstock knocked off with six wickets intact.
James Nicholls, Plymstock’s vice-captain, said it may have been a win but there is plenty to work on.
“We need to tidy up our bowling a tad so we can really build pressure - that got us our wickets last week and is an all-round plan of ours,” said Nicholls.
“Batting wise we need to keep building platforms for our stroke makers.
“The B is renowned for being a hard division to catch up the leaders in so a good start is imperative for us this year."
Bovey are the first second team Plymstock have encountered since last season’s league restructuring and Nicholls said they are an unknown quantity.
“Following their results from last year Bovey are obviously a good side and we will really have to perform well to get the result we want,” said Nicholls.
Plymstock make three enforced changes as Charles Martin and Olly Mulberry are unavailable and Jonny Norman is carrying an injury.
Jason Williams and Mike Blackmore replace Martin and Mulberry. Billy Gibson, who opened the bowling last season, replaces Norman.
THORVERTON captain Andy Pitt is expecting a harder time at Ipplepen than the team had against Brixham.
Brixham were all out for 107, which Thors passed with three wickets down.
“I think Ipplepen will be more of a test than Brixham,” said Pitt.
Paul Fielder comes in for the holidaying Harry Choules. Overseas player Shane Yelverton comes in for Jack Stirling.
CULLOMPTON are aiming to take the form that beat Chudleigh into their game against Kilmington.
Skipper Jason Parr was satisfied by the manner of the win over Chudleigh, adding: “It was a great all-round team performance and lots of positives to take.
“If we bowl and field to the same standards as we set ourselves last week then I'm confident that we can get another positive result.
“We have played Kilmington a few times in previous seasons so I am aware they are a good side and have some very destructive batters.”
Parr will have to make three enforced changes but can call on seamer Sam Franks for the first time since he arrived from Ashbrittle.
Kilmington have availability issues of their own, but heavy scoring batsman Tom Gooding is not among them.
“We will be travelling with a few experienced and a few youth players so should be okay,” said Kilmington captain Brett Garner.
SEATON skipper Ben Morgan will miss the game at Brixham as he is at a wedding.
Wes Holmes will make his Seaton debut having switched allegiance from Sidmouth in search of 1st XI action.
Reliable run getter Matt Hewer makes a belated first appearance of the season. He was recovering from a grueling run in the London Marathon.
Ryan Daye is set to make his debut in the early order having finally arrived from Midland-Guildford CC in Western Australia. He is the son of Kevin Daye, a prolific run scorer for Seaton in 1999.
CHUDLEIGH have no game in the B Division as they were due to play Filleigh, who have pulled their 1st XI out of the league
There won’t be a day off for all the players though as captain Matt Heather was some of them to sharpen up in the second team.
“I was disappointed with the result last Saturday,” said Heather.
“We did well to scrape to a relatively competitive target on a wet pitch, but there were too many costly mistakes in the field which let us down.
“The B Division is so competitive, you cannot afford to be making these mistakes if you want to be winning games.
“Fair play to Cullompton, they dug in well to get over the line. There is no game this week, so some of the boys will be getting some more game time in the 2nd XI.”