Budleigh welcome back Doble and Jefferson for date with Bideford


BUDLEIGH Salterton skipper Lloyd Murrin is a little wary of Saturday’s Ottermouth opponents Bideford.

The Otters may be three from three at the top of the table, but previously winless Bideford are fresh from a maiden league win over Ivbridge.

“We are looking forward to a fiery game against a Bideford side who had a good win last week,” said Murrin.

“Looking to continue our great start to the season and carry on building momentum and a winning mentality.

“James Doble returns to the side to keep wicket as he his home for half-term. Batter Luke Jefferson is also restored to the side.

Bideford skipper Paul Heard batting against Ivybridge Photo: www.ppauk.comSecond-bottom Bideford face a tough one this Saturday as they are away to leaders Budleigh Salterton, for whom Zimbabwean international Tari Musakanda has been racking up runs and wickets.

“Budleigh look a strong unit this year, bolstered by a quality overseas,” said Heard. 

“We must look to build on last week and carry some momentum.”

Michael Lemmings has gone fishing and James Hayter is at the Royal London One-Day Cup final. Heard has yet to find replacements.

SECOND-placed Hatherleigh are at home to lowly Plympton this Saturday and will be parading a much-changed side.

Ryan Davies will keep wicket instead of Bettis and Danny Forrester has gone back to captain the 2nd XI. Ruben Forrester replaces seameer Dan Fogerty.

“Plympton will be a tough challenge with some decent players, but we are confident that if we stick to our plans and play our cricket to get our fourth win of the season,” said Cockwill

Batter Elliot Hamilton is back from injury for Plympton and comes in for Harry Kandampully, who is unavailable. 

Justin Wubbeling is back from a ban and is in for Ollie Goulder, who drops down to the 2nd XI.

After last Saturday’s 113 all out against leaders Budleigh, skipper Alex Carr has a simple request.

“Hoping for some more application with the bat so we can pull together a better performance,” said Carr

BRADNINCH, away to bottom side Ivybridge, surrendered their unbeaten record last time out when they lost to Cornwood by seven wickets.

Kian Burns in to strengthen the batting and Craig Penberthy makes his debut after impressing in the 2nd XI.

Eliot Acton, the Bradninch captain, said: “A few home truths were required after last week, but one bad game doesn't make a bad season.

“We have a point to prove over the next few weeks so I'm looking forward to people doing the talking in the middle.

“I expect nothing less than a good win to get us back up and running.”

Any sort of win would suit Ivybridge captain Harry Solomon after three successive loses.

“We have been competitive for around 80 per cent in the last couple games,” said Solomon.

“Hopefully we can add that extra 20 per cent tomorrow and get our first win of the season.”

Seamer James Sharp is out due to work commitments but George Berry is in on his return from university. 

ABBOTSKERSWELL captain Nick Watkin takes the side to Tavistock anxious to avoid a third straight defeat.

“Looking to get back to winning ways but well aware we will have to play well in order to do so,” said Watkin.

“Despite the two losses, morale good in the camp and looking forward to Saturday. 

“Dan Cowdry 16 year old comes into the side after scoring runs for the seconds and is an exciting prospect with both bat and ball having already taken a five for in the A division last year.”

Batter James Westlake returns to the side for the unavailable Richard Acton. 

Tavistock won for the first time this season last Saturday when they defeated Barton

“Looking to build on last week's performance in all areas,” said captain Shaun Daymond.

“Home form is crucial to doing well so hopefully we can make it tough for Abbots.”

Batters James white and James McGahey are added to the squad.

CORNWOOD in third place are at home to Barton. With Elliott Staddon unavailable they are a bowler down so josh Goodliffe comes back in.

Winless Barton know it is going to be tough, but are going for the win

It’ a big game for us as we aim to get our first win on the board,” said Barton skipper Adam Parker.

“We need to do the basics better.”

Jack Porter strengthens both departments and Wull Grainger’s return boosts the batting.