Plymouth and Cornwood meet with point to prove
TWO sides with points to prove meet at Oak Park in the west Devon derby.
Plymouth dipped out by two wickets to Exmouth first time out in a rain-affected affair at Mount Wise.
Whether Exmouth would have won had it not rained is a discussion point.
Cornwood lost by 11 runs to Bovey Tracey – Jason Hall (53) the top scorer.
Elliot Staddon, the Cornwood skipper, said there were more good things than bad to take out of the Bovey defeat.
“We are looking forward to the game and the opportunity to build on our positive points from the Bovey game,” said Staddon.
“Plymouth are a strong side and a team we will need to bring our best to compete with.”
Sam Stein, the Plymouth skipper, is also upbeat for the game ahead.
“We have taken a lot of positives from Saturday's game,” said Stein.
“We batted very well, just lacked a little bit of discipline with the ball. But that is easily fixed.
“We will be working hard at training and will be fully prepared to play Cornwood.”
North Devon cruised to a seven-wicket win over Sidmouth in round one, but that won’t mean much when they visit Brixham.
That’s the warning from North Devon skipper Barney Huxtable, who isn’t being influenced by Brixham’s 10-wicket defeat at Torquay.
“I don't think anyone should write Brixham off after last week as the first game of the season can bring some funny results,” said Huxtable.
“We are just taking each game as it comes and trying to enjoy our cricket as much as possible.”
North Devon make one change with Ricky Kelly coming in as he is now fully recovered from an ankle injury.
“Ricky impressed last season with the ball and can hopefully do the same again,” said Huxtable.
Sidmouth, who lost by seven wickets at North Devon on the opening day of the season, are back at the Forffield to face Bovey Tracey.
Skipper Luke Bess blamed ‘not enough runs’ for the loss at Instow and is likely to rejig the side on Saturday.
Veteran runsman Anthony Griffiths is likely to return having been at a wedding last Saturday.
Harvey Sargent, part of the Devon Lions Development programme, will play if Wellington School are prepared to release him for the day.
Bovey won a close game against Cornwood last time out and were glad of a match-winning knock of 45 by Lewis Hammett – and a five-wicket haul for new signing Hugo Whitlock.
Skipper Sam Hickenbottom said it was by far from a complete performance and there are areas of the game that need work.
“I am hoping we can take the winning momentum forward with us and get a result, but Sidmouth is never an easy place to go,” said Hickenbottom.
“We will work on a few things at training to iron out the creases from last week.”
Charlie Sheen is unavailable at the top of the order but overseas Rob Honeybul has recovered from the hand injury that stopped him playing against Cornwood.