Annual Awards Night 2021
Chairman's Welcome to Torquay Cricket Club
It gives me great pleasure in welcoming you to The Rec for the 2021 season after what feels like the longest winter on record! I now hope we are blessed with a glorious summer and an uninterrupted fixture programme after such a difficult twelve months.
As a club we have been looking forward to the 2021 season with great optimism. Our first XI are led by Captain - Chris Kelmere and Vice-Captain Tom Drake. Our second team will once again be captained by Club Veteran and Stalwart Ben (Pasty) Passenger. Ben takes over from the evergreen Matt MaCann who has done a sterling job over the last few years. I am sure you will join me in wishing Chris and the rest of the boys the very best of luck for the season ahead.
We have been successful in recruiting a tier 5 “overseas” professional Keshan Wijerathna, a Sri Lankan pace bowling all-rounder. Keshan (‘Kesh’) has represented Sir Lanka A, U19’s and U17’s as well as Sri Lanka Emerging Players. This is his third trip to the UK and he is a qualified and experienced coach. Kesh will undoubtedly make a significant contribution to our club, both in the coaching of our seniors and juniors as well as on match day.
The first XI will be competing in in the A Division and it is the club’s hope and ambition that we will return to the Premier League in the not-too-distant future.
Our second XI will be playing in the F Division West where we will continue to develop our talented crop of juniors.
Friday night will continue to be the fulcrum around which much of our club activity revolves. An excellent BBQ is hosted by the mums from the junior section each week, whilst parents and members are able to enjoy a relaxing drink watching the junior training sessions and matches on the main square. For lovers of grassroots cricket there is no better environment!
Our fantastic band of volunteers continue to amaze me with their commitment and hard work. Carrying out ground maintenance, ground preparation as well as a plethora of administrative duties in order that the various teams can play, and the club can continue to function.
Throughout the off season we have worked hard to update and revitalise the pavilion. We have removed the old bar area, to replace rotten flooring which required the underpinning of some foundations and the diversion of a stream (honesty!) and the inside of the club will now provide a more relaxed setting with plenty of sofas and tables on which to rest your drinks!
We are exceptionally grateful for the continued sponsorship that we receive. These sponsors generously donate money in order that the club continue to provide first class training facilities and playing opportunities for young people throughout the season. I would urge all members and visitors to The Rec to support these businesses when they are able.
Honorary position on the senior playing shirts this year goes to Fred Champion Groundworks and Western Counties Roofing. Without their generosity the club would not be in such a strong position.
The whole country has endured a difficult lead up to the season and I hope that as the weather changes for the better I see as many of you as possible in good health and good humour on the boundary rope.