Mark Prideaux about to improvise with his bat

BARNSTAPLE & Pilton will have a father-and-son duo running team affairs this season.

Steve Moore remains as 1stXI captain, which is no surprise after he led the side to promotion into the C Division East last summer.

Rob Collier - not around for Filleigh this seasonJack Moore, the 17 year-old son of Steve, is the new vice-captain. 

Skipper Moore has not signed any new players yet, but is looking around.

“We are trying to bring in a couple of new players to improve the side,” said Moore.

“I am aware that this will be a tough season for our young side but with the right attitude and commitment I am confident we can compete in this division.”

Nets are every Thursday at Park School in Barnstaple from 8pm.

FILLEIGH are on the hunt for a new overseas player to replace Justin Saker.

The Australian all-rounder – he bats, bowls and keeps wicket – has had three seasons at Deer Park. He is not returning for 2019.

Simon Prideaux, who has signed on for a ninth successive season as 1stXI skipper, said: “We are yet to recruit any new players however we are in talks with an overseas player from South Africa.”

One player who won’t be around in 2019 is batting all-rounder Rob Collier, who is devoting time to his business interests.

Filleigh have not booked any pre-season nets yet. Said Prideaux: “We are relying on natural talent rather than practice.”

NORTH Devon have started preparing for the season ahead in the Premier Division with Thursday night nets at Bideford College between 6-8pm.

A pre-season friendly has been arranged against the University of Cardiff at instow on April 27.