Hughes draws on all-round strength
LEWDOWN captain Charlie Hughes is insisting the west Devon side are not a one-man team.
According to Hughes, some rivals feel if they can close down South African paceman Rob Mutch, they can close down the team.
But Hughes, in the wake of Lewdown's demolition of Axminster at home on Saturday, says there's much more to his team than just Mutch.
Phil Yeo took six wickets for 39 and Mutch three for 41 as Lewdown beat their visitors by 167 runs.
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Lewdown declared at 256 and then proceeded to get Axminster out for a mere 89.
Hughes said: "Hopefully this result sends out a statement to the rest of the league that we're not just a one-man team.
"Rob is obviously a major asset, but there are other guys on the team who take wickets and other guys who score runs.
"It's rather disrespectful to the other 10 players of Lewdown to suggest that we are a one-man team."
Hughes feels Lewdown are now putting in the kind of performances which helped them to a three-season unbeaten record.
Almost inevitably, after Lewdown's promotion as C Division champions, that record went.
But Hughes is upbeat about Lewdown's chances of a good finish in B Division this season.
He said: "I've been really pleased with our performances over the past two weeks.
"At the beginning of the season, we had one match rained off, then lost one, so we were playing catch-up from the start.
"But I've lost the toss four times and each time we've been put into bat and made 200.
"As for promotion, we'll have a look and see where we are at the half-way stage of the season.
"I see no reason why we shouldn't be at the top end of the table as long as we put in the kind of performances we have been over the last few weeks.
"It's appearing that everybody can beat anybody in B Division.
"It's very tight and I expect that to continue."
TAVISTOCK remain at the wrong end of B Division after a six-wicket defeat against Chudleigh.
Dave Manning scored 21 as Tavvy made 112, but despite Jamie Stephens' three for 24, Chudleigh racked up 114-4 to take 19 points from the match.
YELVERTON Bohemians are the D Division pace-setters, 15 points ahead of second-placed Honiton after crushing Whimple by eight wickets.
Matt Tamsett took two for 30 as Whimple reached 106-6.
But skipper Richard West hit 44 and new man Steve Luffman 34 not out as the Bohemians cruised to 112 for two.