Atonement day for Ivybridge + S Devon aim for three out of three + Biddy make changes
DEPOSED leaders Ivybridge have George Thompson, Josh Zimmerman and Adam Huxtable back in for the game against Shobrooke.
Skipper Kelvin Trent has a win top of the agenda after losing top spot following the reversal at Bideford last time out.
“Looking for a complete team performance to attone disappointment last week at losing to Bideford,” said Trent.
“We are aiming to bounce back with a good performance and win this week to keep pressure on at the top.”
SOUTH Devon, at home to Braunton in the basement clash at Marsh Road, bring back spinner James Allen and batter Ali Wright for James Hart and Cam Fogden.
After beating Thorverton and Shobrooke on successive Saturdays, confidence is up in the South Devon camp.
“We will obviously try to keep our resurgence going to give ourselves as much of a chance to stay in the division,” sid skipper Jon Martin.
“Hopefully after the last couple of wins we've remembered how to win games of cricket.”
Braunton captain Jon Baglow will be trying to avoid a repeat of last season’s result in the corresponding game, which South Devon won.
“We won last week but there are lots of improvements that can be made, especially as South Devon seem to be on a bit of a run.” said Baglow.
“It is big game with both teams trying to stay out of the bottom three.
Jon Higgs comes in for Gary Brooke.
IT’S make-or-break time for Tavistock according to skipper Shaun Daymond.
Tavvy welcome Bideford to the Ring tomorrow. Tavvy are slap bang in the middle of the table – 21 points from the promotion and relegation spots in either direction.
Bideford (3rd) are followed leaders Plymstock and Ottery (4th) so there is scope to gain ground, or lose it.
“Next three games will reflect how our seasons ends,” said Daymond.
“Playing three of the top four will either put us up in a great position, or a bad one.”
Ian gray is unavailable this week. Sean cleave comes in to add some strength in both departments.
Bideford are three players short from the side that defeated Plymstock: skipper Paul Heard, Alex Hannam and Matt Shepherd.
Josh Atkinson will captain in Heard’s absence.
Rob Hill comes in, as do Oliver Hannam and Steve Bond for their 1st XI debuts.
“We always have competitive games with Tavistock and with both teams missing players from last season, this week will be no different,” said Atkinson.
PLYMSTOCK start stepping up their promotion drive – at least that’s the plan – when they visit bottom side Dartington & Totnes.
Having blown promotion on the run-in last season, Ipplepen went past them to pinch second place, Plymstock don’t want to slip up again.
Skipper Scott Mansfield said the 10-point lead at the top of the table is encouraging, but not a promotion-winning margin yet.
“If someone said we'd be 10 points in front at the midway point we'd have snapped at the chance,” said Mansfield, who misses tomorrow’s game.
“We know there's still plenty to play for and every week we need to be on top of our game to make sure our promotion chances are still as good come the end.”
Mansfield isn’t the only absentee tomorrow as batter Jason Williams and bowler Syed Ali are both missing.
Batters Josh Hocken and Teddy Richards come in for Mansfield and Williams.
Billy Gibson replaces the consistent Syed Ali who is on holiday for the majority of the remainder or the season.”
Darts, who only had 10 at Braunton last Saturday, are strengthened by the availability of Angus Wilson, Harry Baxendale, Will Gornall, Chris Cook and Andrew Bligh. Kalon Veale is unavailable.
“We know Plymstock are a good team but we tend to be a challenge for most teams at home,” said skipper James Howrihane.
THORVERTON bounced back quickly from their defeat by South Devon with an 82-run win over Tavistock – and it was just as well!
For fellow strugglers Braunton and South Devon both won as well, which means Thors would have slipped into more trouble at the wrong end of the table than they are in now.
Saturday’s win wasn’t enough to lift Thors out of the bottom three, although they can do something about that if they win at Ottery this Saturday.
David Baldock, the Thorverton captan, has revenge in mind at Salston Field.
“Ottery are a good side but after narrowly losing on the opening weekend having gifted 40-plus extras defending 200, I feel we can beat them if we put in a team performance such as last week’s,” said Baldock.
Thorverton were always in the driving seat after racking up 276 for seven – Jamie Khan (80), James Hope (51) and Paul Fielder (46) leading the way.
Tavvy got up to 130 for two in reply and were looking competitive.
The game turned on a devastating spell of bowling by Thor’s Gill Crouch, who proved unplayable in his second spell.
Crouch, wicketless in his first stint, took six wickets for 14 runs second time round to finish with six for 30 as Tavvy were bowled out for 194.
“Tavistock was our most complete team performance of the year so far, built around superb individual contributions from Jamie khan and Gill Crouch,” said Baldock.
“The aim is to produce similar again every week.”
Jake Choules and James Maxwell are away so John Farley steps up fresh from a ton in 2nd XI along with Paul Stirling and James Vanstone.