Premier previews: Sandford looking for overseas replacement after Adams breaks ankle in final game for Boland
EXETER skipper Tom Pedel hopes the win over Sandford on day one is an omen for the game against Plymouth on the County Ground.
Tom Lammonby’s century set Exeter on course for victory over Sandford first time out.
Exeter’s recent record against Plymouth in inter-city battles is an unimpressive three defeats in four games. The one they won was a limp-home-by-one-wicket job this time last year.
And with a new face in the side, Pedel is optimistic of a change in fortunes against bogey opponents.
“We have had a couple of bad results against Plymouth in recent years, but we have a strong side out and are aiming to build on last week.
“Nathan Gilchrist makes his debut, which will add another very useful seam option to our attack.”
Zimbabwe-born Gilchrist is on a one-year contract at Somerset having graduated from their academy last summer.
PLYMOUTH may have had the upper hand in recent meetings, but skipper Jon Varcoe is wary of Exeter.
“Exeter have some very good players who can win matches on their own so we are expecting a tough game,” said Varcoe.
“We've had good preparation this week and are confident as a squad going into Saturday that we can get the right result.”
Adam Talbott replaces Richard Goldsby-West in a largely unchanged Plymouth team.
SANDFORD have to find a new overseas player after writing-off South African all-rounder Ferisco Adams.
Skipper Richard Foan confirmed the news, saying: “He fractured an ankle playing his final game n South Africa last week and has to have surgery on it.
Sandford go to Torquay this Saturday with messages from Foan to take on board following the defeat by Exeter.
“We need to learn quickly from last week and bat and bowl in partnerships,” said Foan.
“Then we must work harder in the field to save every run and take every opportunity.”
Sandford will give a debut to Harrison Jones, an Australian now living in this country permanently.
“Harrison played as Sidmouth's overseas in 2013 and we are delighted to have him on board,” said Foan.
“He will offer a bit of pace to the attack and some important runs.”
SIDMOUTH will name the same side that won at Bovey Tracey for the coastal derby with Exmouth on the Fortfield.
Exmouth will be without bowling all-rounder Pete Turnbull for the derby clash. Otherwise the side will be unchanged from the one that defeated North Devon.
BOVEY TRACEY will be aiming to bounce back from that setback when they go to North Devon.
A bonus for skipper Toby Codd is the arrival of Zimbabwean international batter Brian Chari.
“Hopefully, Brian can bolster our batting as that is the department we fell short in last week.
“Let’s hope we can build on the positives from last week and make a complete performance at North Devon this week.”
North Devon can pick Australian batter A J Isherwood this week as his two-match ban has expired. He replaces bowler Josh Atkinson.
NORTH Devon were trumped at Exmouth by David Lye’s first league ton for seven seasons. Skipper Tom Popham is confident of turning fortunes round against Bovey.
“It is a big opportunity for us to get our season going with a home fixture and a full strength side,” said Popham.
“We went close last week, and we just need to sharpen up in a few areas which we know about and will try to rectify on Saturday.”
The Barbados-based London, who went through Surrey’s youth system, bats and bowls. He replaces Tom Blundell, who drops into the 2nd XI to get some bowling time in.
Otherwise, Paignton are unchanged from the side that battled to a one-wicket win at Plymouth first time out.
Last pair Connor Ashworth and Stephen George saw Paignton through with a stand of 35, which was commendable if nerve-wracking for the rest of the team.
“We have a lot to improve on from last Saturday, mainly with ball and fielding, but as a team we are positive,” said skipper George Benton.
“We know what we want and can achieve. Heathcoat are a very good team and showed that last year but we have beaten them before and we know what to do.
“No doubt they expect to just come to Paignton, take 20 points and that's that. But after last week no one can write us off. There's a real buzz about the club. We are a very positive bunch.”
JACKSON Thompson, the Heathcoat captain, is a little more respectful of Paignton than Benton imagined.
“Obviously, Paignton must be full of confidence after their hard-fought win overs Plymouth, but we need to focus on our game and present a ‘best version’ of ourselves and the result will take care of itself,” said Thompson.
“Nothing really changes for us in terms of our approach. We stick to our game plans and skills that we have worked on and try to express them on Saturday with carefree confidence.”
Batter Jack Dart not available this weekend so Todd Barrett will move up the order and Jaime Valadao will make his 1st XI debut as an additional bowler.