Plympton aiming to put more runs on the board
TITLE hopefuls Plympton want to crank up their season at Abbotskerswell tomorrow.
The city team were relegated from the Premier division last year, but are regarded as one of the teams which are going to push for promotion.
A defeat by leaders Exeter two weeks ago somewhat dented Plympton's upward charge, but the Harewood Park team are still in fifth place, only seven points adrift of a top-two slot.
Team spokesman Dave Wrench admitted Plympton's batting was causing some concern ahead of tomorrow's match.
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He said: "It's the batting that's letting us down at the minute.
"Batting, to be honest, is our biggest attribute and with the players we have, we should be getting 200 every week.
"We're getting good starts, but we're not going on and building on it.
"For instance, last week we were 90-1 at drinks, then we were at 174 for nine.
"I think the players need to be more selfish with their wickets, because we're giving them away too easily."
Plympton make one change to the side which drew with Cornwood last weekend, with Craig Donohue replacing Duncan Hefford.
Plympton: Walter (capt), Wrench, Farrer, Mailling, Williams, Bunney, Hayat, Pffeifer, M Gregory, Carr, Donohue
JASON HALL steps in as captain for Cornwood as the second-placed South Hams side entertain Braunton at Oak Park tomorrow (1.30pm).
Regular skipper Craig Harris is unavailable, as is Ali Craig, so Ben Warren and ex Werrington and Cornwall batsman-keeper Mark Horwell take their places.
Harris is pleased with the way his side coped with Plympton in last weekend's rain-affected draw.
Harris said: "We made no secret of the fact that we thought Plympton built a partnership well and were taking the game away.
"But to break that and then to continue to put pressure on the new batsmen was fantastic.
"This season more than ever we have been able to keep up that buzz. I don't see it as being one person or one particular character being outspoken and vocal, but the team feeling is that they want to play and play well for their mates."
Cornwood: Hall (capt), Rickard, Horwell, Salman, Parker, Warren, Goodliffe, Staddon, Dart, Butterworth, Wood
PLYMSTOCK are set to unleash secret weapon Liam Savage at Paignton tomorrow.
Newly-promoted Plymstock can overtake their rivals with a positive result and skipper Dave Orchard said: "We all know the form that Paignton are in with the bat, so we've called up second-team bowler Liam Savage, who is looking in pretty good nick at the moment.
"We're going to head to Paignton and play how we know we can.
"If that happens, more points will hopefully start to come our way."
Steve Coomer and Teddy Richard also return to the firsts.
Plymstock: Orchard, Robotham, Jordan, Hocken, Parkinson, Smith, Reynolds, Kirton, Coomer, Richards, Savage