Bridgewater considers crucial Devon selection in league title race
YELVERTON'S Devon men's county captain Adam Bridgewater is eyeing a top of the table finish in the regional amateur 2012 Channel League.
Although firmly entrenched in South Devon, player-skipper Bridgewater is waiting for events in the north of the county to unfold today before naming his final match 10.
Bridgewater said: "It's down to the wire now. I think we can win the league if we can beat Gwent so it's important we make the most of home advantage.
"I have already pre-selected eight of the side to play against Gwent at Royal North Devon next weekend but I want to see if anyone else takes my eye this weekend."
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Bridgewater will be keeping close tabs on today's Kashmir Cup men's Devon County Golf Union order of merit event at RND.
Bridgewater, coming to the end of his first successful season in his two-year term as county skipper, said: "The door is open. I am looking for two more players to catch my eye, grab my attention.
"I have already picked eight players on merit and now, with the Kashmir Cup being played at RND, I also have the opportunity to look at who is in form and who plays the course well.
"There are plenty of players who are in contention but with us playing Gwent at RND next week it would be good to have two players who play well there today."
Places in Devon's 10 are available as three experienced county regulars are unavailable, including Yelverton brothers Ryan and Leon Fricker, and Exeter's 2011 Boys' champion Harrison Greenberry.
Bridgewater said: "All three boys are due to be out in the States at university by next weekend.
"Ryan and Harrison are already out there and Leon leaves this week, so it means I have to fill their places somehow.
"They are all regulars, so there is now an opportunity for two players to come in and stake a claim."
The race for the league title is set to go to the wire.
Devon top the table with three wins and points from five matches and 44½ game points going into their final league match.
Somerset – who are second – visit Glamorgan on September 9 but despite boasting three wins from five have just 32½ game points following a heavy 13½-1½ defeat by Devon on July 1.
Only Gwent and Cornwall, third and fourth, have two games remaining.
Cornwall would need to win their final two games, away to Gloucestershire and home to Glamorgan, and hope both Devon and Gwent both lose once to stand a slim chance of leaping from fourth to the title.
Gwent – with 32 game points – are best placed to mount a serious challenge having played four, won twice and drawn once for 2½ match points.
Yelverton's Dan Rosevear and James Smith are included in the eight already pre-selected by Bridgewater.