PREMIER PROSPECTS – WEEK 14
PAIGNTON (7th) v SIDMOUTH (6th)
Paignton (Mark Orchard): George Benton away this weekend, so Sean Kirk back in. Looking to carry on the form we've shown last few weeks and build on last week’s win over Plymouth. The table is still really tight, so a couple of wins and you're right back in the mix.
Sidmouth (Luke Bess): Jash Patidar in to open batting as Isaac Thomas is away. After a couple of tough losses, the side have had a few couple of good bonding sessions and can't wait for the weekend.
BRADNINCH (5th) v BOVEY TRACEY (8th)
Bovey Tracey (Lewis Hammett): Massive few weeks across the league now as we are getting to the business end of the season and there is everything to play for at both ends. Our target is to stay up. Looking at the remaining fixtures this will be our toughest game. Bradninch, when full strength, are arguably one the strongest side in the division with lots of experienced players. We are expecting a battle on the pitch and need to step-up to the challenge to get anything out of the game. Still waiting on a couple players availability before naming the side. Potentially have Munir Kakar (overseas) back but I'm not hopeful.
Bradninch (Gary Chappell): Tim Piper is back so we're looking pretty strong. There are areas we can improve on but, overall, we're playing well at the moment and are looking to hunt down the sides above us. It's a big weekend for us with the T20 area finals on Sunday. First we've got to focus on beating Bovey, which is never an easy task. We know each other pretty well and they've got some experienced players in their side, and plenty of capable match winners.
[O] Bradninch play Bristol at Bridgwater on Sunday in the ECB National T20 area semi-final. The winners will meet either St Just or Newport (Gwent) in the teatime final.
HATHERLEIGH (9th) v SANDFORD (4th)
Hatherleigh (Mark Lake): Four changes this week. In come Ryan Davies. Niall Leahy. Ruben Forrester and Ryan Quick. Looking forward to another home game against a very good side. With only two home games left this season it would be nice to get another home victory on the board. But I'm not under-estimating how difficult that is going to be.
Sandford (Richard Foan): Ciaran Gray comes in for his first start after a good score in the 2ndXI last week. Myself and Lawrence Walker also come in after missing last week’s game. Hatherleigh’s overseas (Jonty Rapulana) is an obvious danger never seen the league so dominated by overseas players, who have really have changed the competition this year. We are obviously battling without one and still competing each week, which is a good reflection on the club's strength. Hatherleigh are a competitive side and we will have to find some form, especially with the bat, to get a result.
HEATHCOAT (3rd) v CORNWOOD (2nd)
Heathcoat (Pete Randerson): This is going to be a challenge for the lads. Cornwood are the form side in the division and will be a real handful. We've got a couple of changes as Liam Kitch comes in for Jack dart and Harry Southgate comes in for James Onley-Gregson. We've found some enjoyment over the past few weeks and played with real freedom. Nothing changes this weekend.
Cornwood (Elliott Staddon): Two changes from last week with Matt Tamsett and Harry Woolway dropping to the 2ndXI. Adam Goodliffe and Lee Baker coming back in. Looking forward to what is always a difficult game against Heathcoat and continuing to play in the fashion we have been the last few weeks.
PLYMOUTH (10th) v NORTH DEVON (top)
Plymouth (Richard Goldsby-West): Adam Talbott and Aziz Rahmanza; in. We need to improve massively on last week's embarrassing performance. We will make sure we are ready to go and will see what happens? Looking forward to being back at Mount Wise.