Premier prospects - Relegation top of agenda at Mount Wise

PLYMOUTH and Cornwood meet at Mount Wise with relegation the worry for both sides.

Plymouth are in the bottom two after they lost to Exmouth last Saturday.

Sam Stein’s men have lost tier last three games and taken just 13 points from the 60 on offer.

Conwood are the team immediately above their big city neighbours and need a win to avoid trading places with them.

“We are looking to put the past few games behind us and start to look forward,” said Stein, who is back in the side after five weeks on the injured list.

“We always have a good rivalry anyway with Cornwood but I think this has a little bit extra on it this week.

Everyone has prepared well and we are in good shape to deliver a good performance.

“I am confident that we can do the job this weekend if we execute all of our disciplines.

“We will be making sure we have nothing left to give, which we'll hope starts to lift us up the table where I believe we belong.”

Cornwood captain Elliott Staddon said he knows exactly what to expect.

“We know Plymouth will be up for it so we are going to be at our best,” he said

“It is a game we are all looking forward to and an important one for both teams with the division being so tight.”

Jackson Thompson and Jason hall return to the side from last week with Duncan Boase and Ryan Rickard dropping out.

BOVEY Tracey will have revenge in mind when they meet leaders Sidmouth on the Recreation Ground.

Bovey are still smarting from an eight-wicket defeat at Sidmouth on the opening day of the season when they were skittled out for 65.

Keeper Matt Hewer took seven catches and a stumping as Will Gater (5-17) and Kyle Brockley (4-11) ran through Bovey. Sidmouth knocked off the runs inside 14 overs.

Bovey were without former Zimbabwe U19 captain Malcolm Lake first time round and miss him again on Saturday as he is on holiday.

Skipper Sam Hickinbottom is also missing, which means Matt Golding leads the side in his absence.

“Looking to put in more of a performance than first time around against Sidmouth,” said Golding.

“It will be a good opportunity for some of our young lads to compete against what we imagine to be a strong side and hopeful of picking up some good points.”

Sidmouth, who are 20 points clear of Exmouth at the top of the table, are without ton-up opener Liam Lewis.

Lewis, who made a century in last Saturday’s win over North Devon, is on holiday.

Batter Harvey Sargent is back from holiday and has been playing himself in again for Devon U17s this week.

Sidmouth skipper Luke Bess hopes to have Dan Powell back in action, although it seems his wicketkeeping days are over for now.

Powell is a county standard rugby player and has transferred from Exmouth to National One side Plymouth Albion in the past few weeks.

His new rugby club were less than keen on Powell playing cricket at first, but seem to have mellowed a bit.

“Having signed for Plymouth Albion Dan was told they didn't want him playing cricket,” said Bess,

“He has spoken to them again and it sounds like he may be available to the club to bat, but not keep.”

Back trouble prevented Josh Bess bowling against North Devon.

“Hopefully, josh will be fit to bowl again this weekend, but that is more hope than expectation at the moment,’ said his brother.

HEATHCOAT skipper Brad Barnes has set his side a target of not losing to the same side twice this season and his team obliged by beating Exeter last Saturday.

Torquay won by 72 runs when they visited Knightshayes in early May so the aim is clear of Barnes.

“Looking forward to continuing last week’s progress,” said Barnes.

“The reigning champs will be tough at their place, but looking for the consistency and fight we had last week.”

Batter Pete Randerson and bowler Matt Rudston return. Opener Dylan Penberthy is out due to injury.

Left-arm pacer Ben Williams returns to the Torquay attack for the game against Heathcoat on the Recreation Ground.

Williams has been out of action for more than a month after suffering an ankle injury in the game at Plymouth.

“Ben is fully fit and raring to go and has a point to prove in the second half of the season,” said skipper Justin Yau.

“I am backing him to come good - he's got that fire in the belly to perform and I have no doubt that we will see him at his best in the next few weeks.

Torquay beat Heathcoat at Knightshayes when the sides last met, but Yau said that counts for little against a side that has won four of its last five starts.

“They have been fantastic since we last met and it should be a cracking game of cricket, “ said Yau.

EXETER and Exmouth meet on the County Ground in the likely match of the day in the Premier Division.

Exmouth (137pts) are second and Exeter (129) third behind leaders Sidmouth (157) at the top of the table.

Exeter will have a lot of catching up to do if they lose, but a win will make it tighter than ever.

“We have a big two weeks coming up as we play Sidmouth next so we need to win this one to stay  in touch with them,” said Exmouth skipper Richard Baggs.

Opposite number Miles Lenygon, a former team-mate of Baggs at Exmouth, added: “ It's a huge game for both sides.

“Exmouth are clearly playing great cricket this year but so have we.

“We've been below par in the last couple of weeks but i expect us to come back strong in such a big game.”

Exeter slipped up against Heathcoat last Saturday, but have the edge over Exmouth having beaten them by 156 runs earlier in the season.

“We played brilliantly and won comfortably when we played them at their place but we in no way expect it to be like, this will be our hardest test of the season so far.”

Exeter have yet to name their side. Lawrence Greenway replaces Richard Sharples in the Exmouth attack.

NORTH Devon, at home to Brixham, could do with a win after sliding down the table.

Last Saturday’s setback against Sidmouth dropped North Devon into the bottom four although they do have a 19-point safety net.

“We are Just trying to play cricket with freedom and not worrying about the table or other results too much at the minute,” said skipper Barney Huxtable.

“Hopefully we can improve on certain areas from last week and get back to winning ways.”

Steff James comes back into the side for Matt Westaway who is unavailable this week as he is away on a golfing weekend.