Exmouth on mission to keep Torquay waiting for title

EXMOUTH skipper Gary Chappell will be pulling out all the stops to prevent Torquay celebrating a Premier Division title on Saturday.

If Sidmouth lose at home to Plymouth, Torquay will be crowned champions with two games to go if they beat Exmouth.

Chappell and opposite number Justin Yau are old sparring partners dating back to school days, but their friendly rivalry doesn’t extend to a gift-wrapped title.

Chappell want to win as a confidence booster ahead of Sunday’s ECB T20 quarter-final against Wimbledon and also to avoid being the gooseberries at Torquay’s celebrations.

“With Torquay being such a competitive and intense side, and needing to win, it'll be exactly what we need ahead of Sunday to make sure we're up for it and playing our best cricket,” said Chappell.

“And I don't want Yauey running round and whooping like a school child, as he no doubt will be if they happen to win the Premier on Saturday.

“Speaking to Yauey over the last few weeks, he knows we are the biggest obstacle to them winning the league so we will be showing up for sure.”

Yau knows what is coming and can’t wait to get stuck in.

“We know Exmouth are a quality outfit and they proved that to us when we lost at the Maer Ground earlier in the year,” said Yau.

“We were terrible at their place and we have a point to prove to ourselves.

“We have changed a lot since then, finding ways to win games convincingly playing a positive brand of cricket.

“We are at full strength- Matt Thompson returns for Jack Richardson and we will do whatever we can to pick up another win.”

Yau has agreed to an early start at the Rec to give Exmouth extra time to get to Surrey before their game against Wimbledon.

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