By CONRAD SUTCLIFFE
YELVERTON have re-signed batsman David Ackford from near neighbours Plympton for the season ahead back in the D Division West.
Yelverton went up in third place in 2018 and went straight back down last season. James Crompton, Yelverton’s outgoing captain, said Ackford’s return was good news for the club.
“David is a very good player who will give us some real solidarity at the top of the order,” said Crompton, who is handing the reins to Ben Grove.
“David was with us as a colt but has been at university for the past couple of years.
“It is good to see some players returning to Yelverton, which is an enjoyable place to play cricket.”
Ackford is dropping down four divisions to play for Yelverton, although Plympton expect him to return in future.
“David is teacher training this year so does not want to manage that with the pressure of trying to train and perform each week in the A Division,” said Carr.
Ackford made is league debut for Plympton 2ndXI in 2015 and graduated to the first team the following summer. His first-team record stands at 1194 league runs in 67 games with a career high of 99 not out against Ivybridge in 2018.
Ackford’s only competitive century for Plympton was scored last season in a 2ndXI game against Kenn when he made 118 not out.
 Kingsbridge, who were relegated along with Yelverton last season, have made two signings for the summer ahead.
Batsman James Westlake has returned to the Butts after two seasons in the A Division with Abbotskerswell. He made nearly 400 runs in his debut summer, but found scores hard to come by last summer.
Tom Durman, who was with Ipplepen last season, has moved to the South Hams to live and joined his local club. He took 11 first team wickets last season at around 13 runs each.