New-look North Devon raring to go

09:24 30 April 2014

North Devon batsman Barney Huxtable, who is being tipped to top 500 league runs this season by skipper Matt Westway.

North Devon batsman Barney Huxtable, who is being tipped to top 500 league runs this season by skipper Matt Westway.

Archant

NORTH Devon’s new captain Matt Westaway isn’t sticking his neck out going into the new season, which starts on Saturday with a home game against Exeter.

Westaway, who previously led the side between 2008-2009, has taken over from Matt Dart as 1st XI captain,

The side Westaway will lead this season has a number of significant differences to the one Dart had.

Zimbabwean all-rounder Glen Querl has gone – he is with Cheshire League side Oxton this season – and South African U19 star Jason Smith isn’t coming back.

Left-hander Dan Bowser, always good for a few runs in the early order, is sidelined by a knee injury will need surgery.

It hasn’t been one-way traffic though as there have been several signings too.

Much-travelled Ed Yeo – Braunton, Barnstaple, Exmouth and Torquay – has hooked up with his old B&P team-mate Westaway once more.

“I am glad to have Ed as on his day he can massively influence the outcome of matches,” said Westaway.

Tom Allin, who went to Warwickshire in 2008 as a raw fast bowler, returned to towards the end of last summer and now looks a different player.

“He still bowls pretty quickly, but is a far better batsman now from his time at Warwickshire and I am looking forward to having him around all season,” said Westaway.

Overseas aid comes from teenage pacer Jack Pudney, who has played for South Australia at U17 and U19 level.

It looks pretty good on paper for the Instow side, but Westaway remains cautious.

Querl has been a cornerstone of the side for most of the last three seasons and it is up to other players to fill in the gaps he leaves.

“The smart money has to be on Exmouth winning it again as they only look stronger than last season,” said Westaway.

“That is not to say we can’t form a challenge as we can, but I am a realist so ask me again around mid-season.

“We need players to step up this season and start turning potential into performances.

“Barney Huxtable, Max Curtis and Jas Kalsi all have ability to score 500-600 runs a season.

“They need to feature heavily in the top five this season.”

Westaway is also considering a new role for Rob Gear, who has been lurking in the middie-order for a while.

“The way Rob bats is ideal for the powerplays now in the Premier Division and we would like to move him up the order,” said Westaway.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Thursday, June 25, 2015
North Devon's Quintin Dreyer

North Devon captain Barney Huxtable said beating defending champions Sidmouth underlined his side’s intentions this season.

Read more
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Bideford AFC

Bideford AFC will host League Two side Plymouth Argyle in a pre-season friendly next month.

Read more
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Reds' ladies eight

Hot on the heels of the first West of England Championship regatta of the season at Plymouth last week, the Wimbleball Lake hosted its regatta on Exmoor on Saturday.

Read more
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Kingsley School U13 girls handball team

Kingsley School Bideford’s U13 girls’ handball team took the bronze medal at the national handball competition.

Read more
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Sir Simon Day cutting the ribbon to open Westward Ho! Tennis Club's new courts

State-of-the-art new courts at Westward Ho! Tennis Club have been officially opened.

Read more
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Appledore men's A crew in action in Falmouth

Appledore Pilot Gig Club rowers were not afraid to take on the mighty Cornish on Saturday in Falmouth.

Read more
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Taz Wotton with his 3lb 15 1/4 oz thin-lipped mullet.

North Devon sea angling results

Read more
Monday, June 15, 2015
Jamie Overton joins brother Craig in the England ODI squad

North Devon pace bowler Jamie Overton has been called up to the England ODI squad for the last two games in the five-match Royal London ODI series against New Zealand.

Read more
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Jason and Sonny Barratt with the 29lb 9 oz carp from Stafford Moor

Sonny’ 13, hooks a whopper at Stafford Moor near Dolton

Read more
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Bideford's Josh Roach made 29. Pic: Neil Blackburn

Bideford’s problems at the bottom of the A Division table continued as they went down by eight-wickets at Lewdown.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 16°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder