Hatherleigh want Wessels early in derby clash

LEWDOWN’S overseas start Johanes Wessels is a man with a price on his head in the derby clash with Hatherleigh.

Wessels has scored four centuries in the league already his season on his way past 700 runs and his ‘failures’ in his other two innings were 81 against Bradninch and 68 versus Ipplepen

Hatherleigh captain Mark Lake doesn’t describe third-placed Lewdown as a one-man-team, he knows them too well, but does know they have a man they would like to get out early.

“Lewdown have surprised a few people this year, but they always have a good overseas and he has helped pull them to where they are now, that I'm sure of,” said Lake.

“He has scored heavily this year so it would be interesting to see how they coped if he was to go early.”

Hatherleigh haven’t had the start they would have liked – having two home games rained off didn’t help their prospects – and they are only two places and four points off the bottom.

However, with only 29 points between Lewdown and third from bottom, Lake believes league positions won’t count for a lot tomorrow.

“We are more than capable of beating Lewdown - with this being a local derby no team will want to lose,” said Lake.

“All the pressure this week is on Lewdown with them looking to press the top two and push for promotion.

Now we have a more settled side I don't see any reason why we won't string a run together and climb the table

Lewdown skipper Tallan Burns says Lewdown have made massive strides this season and wants them to coninue.

“Another win will equal all of our last year which shows the good cricket we've been playing,” said Burns.

“There is a very good atmosphere at the club and we're keen to carry it on.”

Batter Charlie Neilson is unavailable for Hatherleigh so Adam Quick comes back in.

Hatherleigh are without Jack Williams.

“Everyone else is available and someone from the 2nd XI will have the chance to step up,” said Burns.

CHUDLEIGH will want to stop a blip becoming a slump when they go to Barton.

The Kate Brook outfit have lost two of their last three starts and are only four points clear of the bottom two relegation places.

Last time out Chudleigh lost by three wickets to Paignton.

Chudleigh’s patchy batting imploded as they were hustled out for 88 in the 30th over.

Chasing low totals can be tricky, which must have crossed Paignton skipper Chrios Kelmere’s mind when he went out to bat with the board reading 54 for five.

Matt Ball (3-22) had done his bit to bowl Chudleigh back into the game – and had someone removed Wright it could have been even trickier.

Wright (29no) and Kelmere (16) got the target down to four to win, which Harry Ward got by smacking Holmes for four.

Skipper Ed Foreman said in a tight division – only 29 points separate top three from bottom three – every point looks like being crucial.

“It's has been a tough start to the season,” said Foreman, who wanted three wins by half way and already has them.

“Availability has cost us and I hope that won't be the case this weekend.

“We have won games I expected us to lose and lost games we targeted to win.

“It shows the league is very competitive and that there are a lot of evenly matched teams.

“I imagine the relegation battle will be decided on the last week of the season and every point is vital.”

Barton have been an up-and-down side this season and Foreman is cautiously hopeful of knocking them over.

“Barton are a very hard team to play against and we always have close games with them,” said Foreman.

“If we finish the first half of the season with four wins under our belts then it would be fantastic.

“If not then we have still reached our target and will start again the following week.”