Tavistock's overseas player on way home

TAVISTOCK won’t be replacing South African batter Dalton Kanneymeyer when he files home in the next few days.

Kanneymeyer suffered a ruptured Achilles batting against Bideford last Saturday and won’t play for months.

“It is a massive blow but a good chance for a few of the lads to step up and take some responsibility, said skipper Shaun Daymond.

“Our team is still good enough to be in this division without an overseas, so we're positive over the next few weeks we can pick up some points.”

Veteran John McGahey comes in as extra batting.

Plymstock didn’t have an overseas when they defeated Dartington & Totnes last Saturday – but they do now!

West Indian Bronte Bess should be available for Saturday's trip to Tavistock.

After missing last week’s win he comes into a side full of confidence.

“He's someone who comes into our bowling attack and will add another dimension with his pace,” said skipper Scott Mansfield.

“If he bowls as quickly as we've heard he should be more than handy.”

Missing out from last week’s team will be batsman Josh Hocken.

“He will be dropping down to the second team to have time in the middle and hopefully score plenty of runs, putting pressure on first team spots,” said Mansfield.

Tavvy may be without overseas aid, but Mansfield said they should not be underestimated.

“We know a fair amount of what Tavistock have to offer and with the likes of captain Shaun Daymond and Dave Manning we know Saturday will be tough,” said Mansfield.

THORVERTON will be looking to get over their defeat by Ottery St Mary when they visit Ivybridge.

have picked in-form top order batsman Jamie Khan, who hit a century for Exeter School on Saturday in a 20-over game, and also 88 for Thoverton in Sunday’s friendly.    Thors

They also give a first-team debut to left-arm spinner Ranulph Harvey-Kelley, who is studying at Exeter University.

Skipper Graham White said there are areas for improvement after the Ottery game.

“I was encouraged by the score we set last week following the loss of opener George Greed in the first over, some interesting umpiring decisions and a mini collapse,” said White.

“But having done the hard work we completely wasted the new ball on a good pitch. 

“Our change bowlers and spinner did well to claw things back, but we must have more control from the start.”

BIDEFORD will want to build on their win over Tavistock when they visit South Devon.

Aussie keeper-batter Ji Eccles is now correctly registered and comes into the side for Ian Hayter.

Matt Shepherd is back from holiday to strengthen the batting so young Jack Ford drops back to the 2nd XI.

South Devon took a depleted side to Braunton last time out and suffered a five-wicket defeat.

Skipper Jon Martin has personnel back – Paul Hooper will strengthen the batting, Richard Beaumont brings all-round talent – and promises South Devon will be stronger.

BRAUNTON go to Ottery keen to build on their win over South Devon.

“It was good to get a game under our belts and start with a win,” said skipper Jon Baglow.

Dan Brierley and Robert Paterson come in which Baglow says ‘gives more bowling options and a good balance’.

IT’s Dartington & Totnes away for Shobrooke Park – a tricky trip as far as Park skipper Chris Simpson is concerned.

“it's not easy playing against these promoted teams,” said Simpson.

“We don't know anything about them, but I am sure if we play to our potential we'll come away with the points.” 

Shobrooke were well beaten by Ivybridge first time out – Jeewan DeSilva sending them spinning to defeat.

Could to better is Simpson’s verdict.

“I am sure we'll be a lot better this week,” said Simpson.

“We can't afford to start like we did last week.

“We have Phil Anning back, which gives us a bit more stability in the middle order. His off-spin will be handy.”

Andrew Steer drops back to the 2nd XI.