B DIVISION BRIEFING
BOVEY TRACEY v DARTINGTON & TOTNES
Bovey Tracey (Dan Green): Looking forward to welcoming Dartington & Totnes to Bovey. We are aware we can’t take anything for granted and we will still need to be at our best. We have no Archie Christophers this week, but welcome Chris Yabsley back from 1st XI duty. Hoping young lad Harry Mount gets going after missing last week due to school exam commitments.
Dartington & Totnes (Mick Rusling): We have Jim Lowden and Kevan Throgmorton back this week. Justin Osborne unavailable. We need to hold our catches better and get everyone firing at the same time.
CULLOMPTON v IPPLEPEN
Ipplepen (Simon Tapley): Gareth, Mawgan Penrice and Dom Durman are back in for the unavailable Toby Holroyd (DofE), Benny Forsey (uni exams) and Ash Harvey (can't travel). Neil Hancock will skipper the side. We know Cullompton are a good side and in a false position in the division. Although we lost last week it was a great game of cricket and we hope to have the same on Saturday… hopefully with a different result.
Cullompton (Todd Scrace): Looking to add to last week’s win (over Ivybridge) with another strong performance. Chris McKee returns from holiday and Ian Jarman has arrived from Abbotskerswell. We are really happy about signing Ian and looking forward to what he can add to the club as a whole. Him signing only adds more quality and depth to our squad. Let's hope he can hit the ground running.
BRIDESTOWE v IVYBRIDGE
Bridestowe (Mark Fogerty): It's looking like we'll nearly be at full strength, like a lot of games playing against Ivybridge is an unknown for us. Probably need to forget what happened last week, no point in getting 380 one week if you can't back it up so expecting the top five to put us in a good position again and the bowlers to hopefully be able to take 10.
Ivybridge (Adam Huxtable): Harry Solomon will lead the side in my absence. Zach Dunn and Jacob Kopparambil missing again due to independent school cricket. It's very disappointing to keep losing these lads to T20 friendly school matches. You have to respect the scholarship situation, but it does nothing for the players long-term development to be playing non-competitive cricket at a weekend. It really needs some better communication from the schools with clubs about their fixtures, which would help. Lewis Clarke also out with a hand injury. The good news is that seamer James Grigg, all-rounder Toby Borrow and bowler Joe Benson are all available again after missing last week. All come in and give our seam bowling a bit more penetration. Batsman Phil Warwick promoted from the seconds as a man in form.
CHUDLEIGH v TAVISTOCK
Chudleigh (Will Heather): Couple of changes this week with Alex Haywood and George House out. Paul Windsor-Horne comes in to the top of the order and I'm back from holiday. Looking to build on the good away win last week and good morale about the team. Don't know much about Tavistock, but looking to continue having a good home record. Should be a competitive game.
Tavistock (Shaun Daymond): Dave Manning away. Myself and James McGahey back in. Happy that we are improving in areas and hoping to string some wins together as our division is very tight.
CLYST ST GEORGE v BIDEFORD
Clyst SG (Dan Kendall): Par Singh is back to strengthen our bowling attack. If our T20 on Tuesday was anything to go by, and with two strong batting line-ups, it could be a run fest!
Bideford (Tom Brend): James Hayter back in; James Ford unavailable as he's going to watch (son) Jack play for Sandford! Chris Luxton returns and we're deciding on our 11th man after a late drop out in difficult circumstances. Looking forward to a good game at Clyst, the boys are keen to get back to winning ways.