Deadline day extended for Servicemaster Clean Devon T20 Cup quarter-finals

Sidmouth club captain Nick Gingell, who won

MATCH deadlines for the Servicemaster Devon T20 Cup have been extended due to difficulties getting the quarter-finals played.

The original deadline for playing the quarter-final round was Sunday, June 16 but only one of the four ties will be played by then. Sandford and Cornwood are due to meet today (Sunday) at Creedy Park.

Having had problems getting the rest of the draw booked in, competition organiser Richard Stevenson has moved the cut-off date to July 7.

Sidmouth and Exmouth have been unable to agree a day and date for their meeting. Sidmouth have offered to play on a midweek evening, which Exmouth have refused.

“It is not a ploy or a tactic on our part, but we cannot get a side out midweek that would be anything like competitive,” said Andy Buzza the Exmouth captain.

“We have said we will go over there first thing on a Sunday morning if it gets the game played as Sidmouth have other Sunday fixtures, but they are not keen as they have games in other cups.”

Sidmouth are playing Clevedon today in the ECB KO Cup and have mass non-availability next week due to a christening.

“Exmouth did the same thing go us last season – which was offer two dates – and we had to accept one,” said Sidmouth captain Nick Gingell. “We won’t be backing down over this.”

Buzza said he was considering a proposal to amend the rules of the competition for 2020 to make the competition ‘Sunday specific’ in future to avoid haggling over dates.

North Devon and Bradninch have taken advantage of the extended deadline to book in their quarter-final for June 30. Bradninch were offered a midweek date but turned it down.

Tony Richards, the North Devon secretary, said: “We did travel to Bradninch a few years ago for a midweek evening 20-over game so reasonably suggested that they do likewise. Bradninch have said they are unable to do so.”

The game between Heathcoat and Exeter has been provisionally arranged for Sunday, June 23 (2pm).

Cup organiser Stevenson said the extension was strictly a one-off.

“I am aware the window to complete round two is proving tricky so I have decided to extend the completion window to Sunday, July 7,” said Stevenson.

“On no counts will an extension beyond this be allowed or possible as the semi-finals and finals take place the following weekend.”

This year’s finals day will take place at North Devon CC.