IVOR DEWDNEY CORNITHIAN CUP FINALS DAY – AUGUST 15
THORVERTON have made two changes to their travelling squad for tomorrow’s (Sunday's) rearranged Corinthian Cup finals day at Ivybridge (10am).
Spinner Alex Jopling and Ben Coe are both unable to make the reserve date so veteran batter Paul Fielder and Alistair Chilcott come in.
Otherwise it is as you were with batter Dave Baldock looking for a third half-century in the T20 competition.
Jake Choules, the Thorverton captain, feels the re-jigged travelling party is every bit as good as the one rained off last Sunday.
“We have plenty of options with bat and ball and can't wait,” said Choules, whose side are on second against Sampford Peverell & Tiverton at 1pm.
Sampford Peverell & Tiverton go into finals day motivated to earn something from the season now their promotion hopes in the D Division East have been ended by proxy.
What was a three-way scrap between Uplyme & Lyme Regis (2nd), North Devon 2nd XI (3rd) and SP&T (4th) for the runners-up spot behind champs-elect Alphington & Countess Wear is effectively over following the latest round of Covid cancellations.
Uplyme pulled out of yesterday’s second-against-first meeting with A&CW, the unintended consequence of which dealt a blow to SP&T’s hopes of pinching second place.
“Effectively, both sides have won as they get average points up based on what they have already, which would be 18 and 17,” said Parkinson.
“It does not matter to Alphington as they are going up, but for Uplyme it keeps them ahead of us and North Devon.
“I cannot see how we can finish second now and we can probably forget all about promotion.”
The change of dates due to last Sunday’s weather cancellation has meant two enforced changes in the SP&T travelling party.
Batter Sammy Broomhead and opening bowler Josh Kallaway are out and replaced by seamer Dan Pugsley and under-19 all-rounder James Weymouth.
The morning semi-final is between Plymouth 2nd XI and Stoke Gabriel, whose skipper Jack Tolley has been forced to withdraw from the squad.
“I am gutted to be missing out,” said all-rounder Tolley. Kyle Lardner will lead the side in Tolley’s absence.
Big-hitting Andy Kingdon, who was unavailable for the first attempt at playing finals day, is available and comes in for Mike Meech. Lardner may look to Kingdon for a few overs to make up for Tolley’s contribution.
Availability issues have affected Plymouth’s team plans as Sam Knapman and keeper-batter Ollie Parsons are absent.
Sam White returns after his good showing in the quarter-final win over Bovey Tracey and Alex Hill comes in. Dan Vile will take-up keeping duties.