Playing it cool! Cornwood captain Jackson Thompson<br>credit: @ppauk | no re-use without consent of copyright holder

COVID-19 worries are still hanging over Exmouth going into tomorrow’s (Sunday) Sunbelt Rentals T20 finals day at Bovey Tracey CC.

Exmouth face Cornwood in the first semi-final at 10am, followed by Plymouth against Bradninch at 1pm in the second semi.

A handful of Covid cases in the camp, not just self-isolation orders, forced Exmouth to pull out of last Saturday’s Tolchards DCL game against Paignton. Tim Piper, the Exmouth captain, said the after effects linger on.

“A mix of Covid and player suspensions means some possible chances for other players,” said Piper, who won’t be able to select George Greenway or Louis Morison.

“Cornwood have some decent cricketers and we'll need to be on top form to win.

“Looking forward to another T20 finals day. I think anyone could win it.”

For Cornwood the Sunbelt Rentals T20 Cup is a pleasant diversion from their battle to dodge the drop from the Premier Division of the Tolchards DCL.

“Saturday results haven't gone our way so playing in the T20 competition final has been a great distraction,” said Jackson Thompson, the Cornwood captain.

“I will admit we were surprised to have made it to the second round after losing against Heathcoat, but having beaten Sidmouth since we are up for the challenge.

“Exmouth are a good side and on their day as good as it gets at this level. We have to turn up and perform and most of all enjoy the experience.

“Ours is a young side that’s buzzing for the finals day.”

Bradninch from the A Division of the Devon League are the finals day underdogs. But as Premier title chaser Sandford learned in the last eight the underdogs have teeth.

Plymouth, with prolific run scorer Faizan Riaz on board, are formidable opposition but they don’t faze Ninch skipper Gary Chappell.

“We pretty much have everyone available so are looking forward to the challenge,” said Chappell.

“Plymouth are clearly a useful side with dangerous players so we'll have to be at our best.

“We are playing some good cricket at the moment and have some very good players ourselves. 

“Whatever happens I'm sure it'll be an enjoyable day and a nice change to the league stuff.”

Plymouth captain Jon Varcoe has been sidelined for the last two Saturdays by a Track-and-Trace ping but returns for final day.

“The boys are raring to go after having two weeks of no cricket,” said Varcoe.