Whittaker: Next three matches key for Plymouth
PLYMOUTH skipper Callum Whittaker says his side's season will take off – if they find a decent surface to play on.
The city side are at the bottom of the Premier Division, having lost both their opening games.
But Whittaker (left) said the results could have been quite different had Plymouth been playing on decent tracks, as opposed to grounds affected by rain.
The Plymouth captain welcomed tomorrow's game, which sees the city side pit their wits against Sidmouth at The Fortfield.
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Whittaker said: "There's probably been some questions asked about the side, but the two surfaces we have played on so far have been terrible.
"We haven't really been playing cricket, really – we've been playing a game like cricket on a horrendous surface."
Whittaker said he was convinced Plymouth have the team to take on the division's top sides.
He said: "We've got three big games coming up – against Sidmouth, against North Devon and then against Exmouth.
"It's been an interesting start to the season, but these three games will show us exactly where we are."
Whittaker has already made it clear he does not want Plymouth to abandon their current attacking style.
His players' attempts to take control of the previous two games by attacking their opponents' bowling has misfired.
Expansive shots designed to win matches or get big scores have ended up in fielders' hands, but Whittaker does not want his team to subdue those instincts.
The Plymouth captain said he believed the city team had the attributes to beat Sidmouth.
He said: "We have all the players we need to beat them and there is always a good surface at Sidmouth. It should be a good game."
Whittaker keeps faith with the side which featured in last week's defeat at Bovey Tracey.
Plymouth: Callum Whittaker (capt), James Toms, Jack Bryant, Chris Barr, Jake Luffman, Ben Stein, Matt Hooper, Rob Bennett, James Nicols, Sam Stein.