Bradninch skipper in ruthless mood

BRADNINCH skipper Tim Piper has sent an uncompromising warning to rivals clubs as the A Division promotion race heats up.

Piper’s crew are top of the table with a third of the season gone and entertain Hatherleigh tomorrow.

Their last two games were a 10-wicket win at Chudleigh and a 173-run victory over Sandford.

Said Piper: “We want to thrash teams, not just beat them, and we'll try to continue that this week.

We are currently bowling and batting very well as a team.

We are a very hard team to play against right now.

“Obviously we are big favourites but hatherleigh do spring the odd surprise, like beating Paignton.

“They have a few players that are in some sort of form at the moment.”

Ryan Shrewsberry and Chris Acton are recalled to the side.

Hatherleigh, rained off against Sandford are short handed this weekend.

Sean Letheren, Simon Gillespie and Charlie Nielson are all missing.

“Availability is a real problem at the moment,” said skipper Ryan Glass.

“We will go there with nothing to lose and see what happens.”

Sandford, at home to Barton, have had a boost with the return of left-arm spinner Simon Ashplant after nearly two years living in New Zealand.

Tom Williams is available for the first time this year and Gary Abdoll comes into the 1st XI after scoring a 100 in the 2nd XI.

 Toby Lochead is also back and adds more depth to the batting.

Ipplepen ,at home to Budleigh for the first time in a league game, have three all-rounders back in duty as Tom Dyer, Joe Abbott and Seb Powell all return.

“It looks like out most balanced side so far,” said skipper keith Wakeham, who is still looking for a first league win of the season.

Chudleigh will want to bounce back from their defeat by Bradninch when they entertain Plympton.

Lewdown, away to Paignton, will be far stronger than they were at Budleigh Salterton last Saturday.

South African Johannes Wessels is back from a compasionate trip home for a funeral and skipper Tallan Burns has returned from holiday in Cyrpus.

Back to are all-rounder Billy Searle and Dan Fogerty.

“We know the class that Paignton have having played them in the past, we have started well and all the boys are ready to play,” said Lewdown captain Burns.