Mark Prideaux - back in Filleigh's side

PLYMSTOCK make a change in the batting order for their B Division appointment with Cullompton and Dean Cross.

Mike Blackmore replaces Brian Gaylard in what is otherwise the same side that won by 38 runs at Ipplepen.

“Looking at Mike to provide some runs for us in the lower order,” said skipper Charles Martin.

Cullompton captain James Blackmore wants to see a bit more game sense from his batters after the collapse that cost the match against Thorverton last Saturday.

Eight wickets went for 50 runs, which was a gift for Thorverton.

“Batters need to be more aware of the game situation when in,” said Blackmore.

“We lost silly wickets playing shots that we didn't need to.

“We have discussed this as a group and will be looking to put that right.

“It will take some time to adjust attitudes as the competition gets harder.”

ALL-rounder Damon Calland returns to Babbacombe’s 1st XI for the home game against Seaton.

Calland missed last Saturday’s two-wicket defeat at Barton but got runs in the 2nd XI to brush up his form.

Chris Mabbutt drops out to make way for Calland and with Matt Inch not available Billy Alcock comes in to keep wicket.

Ben Passmore, son of Babbacombe stalwart Martin Passmore, impressed skipper Steve Broad while bowling under pressure against Barton and stays in the side.

Seaton are without bowling all-rounder Robbie Prior, however the return of batsman Josh Cann from holiday will be plenty of compensation.

THORVERTON  have had to carry out some reshuffling for the home game against Ipplepen.

Batter George Greed is absent and keeper Paul Stirling has a broken finger sustained playing soccer

Paul Fielder will keep wicket and in come Will Denford and seamer Jacob Broom to fill the gaps.

Batting issues are at the forefront of Ipplepen skipper Sam Wakeham’s thoughts ahead of the game.

Pens fell 38 runs short on the chase against Plymstock, where the target was 198 to win.

“With the bat another solid start is required but the middle order have to take more responsibility and tighten up,” said Wakeham.

“Losing four wickets for 20-odd runs is always going to be hard to rebuild from. “

The bowlers were not exempt from the captain’s scrutiny either.

“Definitely, we have to bowl better than last week, 36 wides isn't acceptable at any level, let alone B Division,” he said.

With Harry Ridley and Jack Lewis away, Pens  have brought in Gareth Penrice to keep wicket and Keith Wakeham to add a bit more control to the bowling attack. 

BARTON go to Shobrooke Park keen to maintain the momentum generated by their opening day win over Babbacombe.

Babbacombe made 178 all out which  Barton knocked off with two wickets in hand thanks to knocks from Matt Crampton (59) and Shaun Needham (43).

“It was a good start to the season in terms of getting a win,” said Barton captain Adam Parker.

“We should have completed the win a lot more easily given the start we had batting.

“Obvious areas to improve are the extras that we bowled and the middle order collapse that happened!”

Players who come into selection contention tomorrow are Chris Penner, Matt Needham, Stuart Bowker and Scott Bellamy.

Parker does not mind having some selection issues to wrestle with.

“It’s a great position to be in, won the first game and have some good quality available this week as well as everyone from last week so selection is going to be tough,” he said.

FILLEIGH will be aiming to bounce back from an opening day reversal at Seaton when they host Tavistock

A total of 130 all out detained Seaton longer than expected until they had lost seven wickets.

Team news is Filleigh are back to something like full strength this week having had five first teamers missing

In come Mark Prideaux, Harley Ashdown, James Marsh, Ryan Bowden and James Campbell, who was playing rugby for South Molton at Twickenham.

“None of us has had much cricket so just hoping we can remember which end of the bat to hold and go from there,” said skipper Simon Prideaux.