Harris demands final push to get Corns over the line
CORNWOOD skipper Craig Harris is urging his nearly-promoted team to make one last effort to get the South Hams side into the Premier Division.
The Corns need two points – three to be absolutely sure – from their last game tomorrow.
What makes that match potentially tricky is that it is at new champions Exeter, although Harris insists the visitors have nothing to fear.
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Cornwood could have been celebrating winning the A Division's second promotion slot had their game last week against South Devon not been rained off with only a couple of balls bowled.
Having said that, Harris is eager to end Cornwood's decade-long exile from Premier cricket.
Harris said: "After last week's rain we are a little more in the clear about the job needed tomorrow.
"Last week we were looking at going in and getting a win to put pressure on those below us leading in to the last week.
"However, now our points gap has been carried over we only need two points, three to be mathematically sure, in order to go up."
Harris added: "Inevitably, it has come down to the last game and against opponents at the top of the league, but I feel we are in the best situation of all the teams chasing promotion.
"I think as a team we have worked hard and played well when we have had good continuous weather and the tables give a fair representation given our form in the back-third of the season.
"We have a lot of respect for Exeter as a team and they are in a similar position to us with teams across their club well placed in their respective leagues.
"I will be urging our teams to give it one last push and to leave everything out on the pitch.
"If we perform to our ability as individuals and as a team, then it will be a great end to the season and job done with us getting promoted.
"We have a massive achievement ahead of us and nothing to fear heading in to it."
Former Somerset man Jason Hall and Freddie DeMendonca are unavailable. Ewan Grewal comes in and Cornwood will be naming an 11th player nearer to the game.
Cornwood: C Harris (capt), M Horwell, C Parker, M Salman, R Rickard, B Warren, A Goodliffe, E Staddon, E Grewal, M Wood, TBA
PLYMPTON'S Dave Wrench believes rebuilding work during this season will pay dividends next year.
The Harewood Park-based club had high hopes of bouncing straight back into the Premier this season after last year's relegation.
Those hopes were dashed despite a good start to 2012 and now Wrench knows Plympton must wait until next season to mount a promotion campaign.
But despite the disappointment of Plympton finishing mid-table, Wrench said he felt the team had gained this season.
He said: "I think we've done all right and we've gained some positives from the season. I think we can go into next year with plenty of confidence.
Wrench added: "I think our captain (Andy Walter) got it spot on when he said he felt another year in A Division would do us good.
"We have got some young players who could do with some experience so the club can move forward in the future."
Plympton are at South Devon for their last league game of the season.
For once, it looks as though they will get a match which is not affected by rain.
Wrench said: "It's not an important game for either team.
"We're safe and South Devon are already relegated, so there's nothing really to play for.
"But it will be nice to get out and play for a change."
PLYMSTOCK will try to make absolutely sure they stay in the A Division for two consecutive seasons by winning their final league match of the year at lowly Shobrooke Park tomorrow.