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Baggs makes case for Exmouth defence

By HowardLsport  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

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Exmouth skipper Richard Baggs is pleased with the squad's new additions

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Exmouth skipper Richard Baggs is confident his Premier Division winners will be stronger than ever when they come to defend their crown in 2014.

Baggs steered Exmouth to their first Premier Division title since 1999 last season, finishing 14 points clear of deposed champions Sidmouth.

Fast-bowling all-rounder Mark Orchard has left the club and returned to A Division Brixham for the forthcoming summer.

But other than that, there are encouraging signs for the Maer Ground club as more arrivals than departures are currently lined up.

Aussie seamer Antony Radunovich is on his way back for a second stint three years after a previous spell with the club.

And Baggs also expects to have Chris Metters and Andy Buzza available for the full programme rather than picking them up halfway through the season like in their title-winning campaign.

And with some second XI signings also in the pipeline, Baggs is certainly optimistic looking at the season ahead when they come to defending their title.

“It is a shame that Scrumpy (Orchard) has gone back to Brixham but the travelling was getting him down and I understand his reasons,” said skipper Baggs.

“We will miss his all-round contribution, but not too badly with Radunovich on his way back to us.

“He is playing in Western Australia at South Perth with Blake Reed, who was with Exeter last season and all the reports are he is a much-improved player now.

“We were stronger when Metters and Buzza started playing halfway through last season and they will be available from the start this time.

“And I am expecting big things of Finlay Marks, who is going out to South Africa with Devon under-15s next month, and Ollie Dawe.

“Most people recognise Ollie’s name from playing rugby for Exeter Chiefs, but he is a decent all-rounder who comes from Exmouth and has gone through our third and second XIs. I can see him getting a chance in the first XI this year.

“There are one or two players we may lose, but overall we look stronger all round, especially with some depth arriving for the second XI.

“The second XI were promoted last season and it is important to keep them in Premier Two, rather than dropping back into the A Division again.”

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