2019 Senior Fixtures - now available on website
Chairman's Welcome to Torquay Cricket Club
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to "The Rec" for the 2018 season. I hope for blue skies and warm sunshine so you can see this wonderful ground and its unrivalled location at its very best.
2018 will be a season of change with new captains for both the first team and the second team. George Allen is a young man with a bright future and a great deal of talent and is seeking to return the first team to the Premier Division at the first year of asking following last year’s disappointing relegation. I know George’s ethos is to promote youth and his medium term goal is to ensure that our very talented crop of juniors have as much exposure to adult cricket as possible in a nurturing and successful environment. He is ably assisted by his vice-captain Mitch Pugh and I am sure I will join all other club members in wishing George the very best of luck for the season ahead.
Ben Passenger is a club stalwart, former first team captain, county player and head of our junior section. There is no better person to lead the second team and to develop an exciting crop of juniors who are talented and able to make the transition from junior cricket to senior cricket with the right support, encouragement and education. With the recent headlines on the demise of ‘fair play’ and games being played in the appropriate spirit, it is hugely important to myself and the club that our younger players are brought up playing hard competitive cricket but in a manner in which the club can be proud so that they themselves will be respected throughout the county as both players and individuals. I know that these intrinsic values are important to both George and Ben and as a club we must remember that being respected for how we perform is as important as our win/loss ratios.
Friday night will continue to be the fulcrum around which much of our club activity revolves. An excellent barbeque is hosted by the mums from the junior section each week whilst parents and members are able to enjoy a relaxing drink whilst watching the junior training sessions and junior matches on the main square. For lovers of grass roots cricket there can be no better environment! We have a fantastic band of volunteers who provide countless hours in order that the various teams can play and the club can continue to function. We are always looking for more volunteers to join in with the happy bunch for as many or few hours as you are able and in which ever capacity you can.
The club’s committee continues to work diligently to ensure the finances are improving and that we get ourselves into a position where we can make tangible strides towards a new pavilion which simply has to be provided in the not too distant future. We could not do this without the continued support of members but particularly sponsors and we are exceptionally grateful for their commitment and generosity. We acknowledge their support in this handbook and we are especially grateful to our principle sponsors, Wiltshires, who are now in their third year as main sponsor.
This is my first season as Chairman of the club. I take over the mantel from Alex Rowe who did an excellent job and I will be being joined this year by Frank Hele who is taking over as President, a role that Alex held concurrently with being Chairman!
I look forward to seeing and chatting to as many of you as possible on the boundary rope.
Whether you are batting at Lords or the Rec. Mental Health issues can affect anyone. Torquay CC are now very fortunate to have their own Mental Health First Aider. Evo our 1st XI Scorer, has attended a very intensive two day course, to both understand himself more and to help the club. Research over 30 years by cricket writer David Frith has found the suicide rate amongst British cricketers is 1.77% compared to just 1.07% amongst British men generally. The PCA now have several Mental Health Ambassadors, many of whom have had their own struggles including Marcus Trescothick. Mental Health First Aid originated in Australia back in 2001 and reached our shores in 2003/4. They have now developed courses for Adults, Children and the Armed Forces. Evo can best describe the course as like going into bat and facing a quartet of fearsome West Indies fast bowlers from the 70s and 80s on a bouncy track but then being able to raise your bat having scored a century through improving your technique and shear defiance. As Evo says, “you can’t score a century without trusted partners at the non-strikers end though.” His quote actually sums up perfectly the challenges of mental health. To complement Evo having completed the Adult version of the course. The club would undoubtedly benefit from someone doing the Children’s version to further strengthen the Welfare Team. Yes it is two days but hopefully we can apply to the DSCT for funding.
Even though he is rapidly approaching his half century and has completed as many years in the box as Sir Alastair Cook completed test match centuries, Nick Evanson (AKA Evo) is always one for more CPD. (The club should have a Mental Health First Aider by the time “play” is called mid-April.) After the choppy waters, electronic scoring has faced the last two years. Evo headed to Bristol last weekend in the hope of finding smoother waters by attending a full days’ workshop to learn about the ECBs Scorer Pro software. As with any change of software, there are pros and cons, but the pros outweigh the cons. Whilst eight seasons of stats are on Total Cricket Scorer going back to Aqeel Ahmed’s season with us, they all should have migrated to the Play-Cricket website. Scorer Pro though has the massive advantages of uploading / downloading from Play-Cricket automatically and live scores also update automatically whilst play is in progress – making a scorer’s life much easier. Whilst Evo could have moved over to Scorer Pro last season. The Beast from the East II, prevented him from attending, the Scorer Pro Roadshow at Taunton which was a blessing in disguise. The refinements made over its first season mean it is a much more user-friendly product. Evo was certainly impressed with the software development and the quality of training from the ACO. Anyone wishing to see how Scorer Pro works, Evo is now willing to arrange personal / group demonstrations and can be contacted at email@example.com . As “education is for all,” Evo wants also to publicise the Free Scorers Roadshow and the Club Scorers Course both being held, at Exeter CC in March. Anyone interested can again contact Evo on the email address above for more information. Now a final thought from Evo, “it is just time to toss the coin and decide whether to go for Scorer Pro or stay with TCS!”
Torquay CC have just received a five star rating from parents whose children attended All Stars – the ECB initiative to get 5 to 8 year old's involved in cricket. A big thank you must go to Tim Western and young Dylan Karssens for enabling the club to achieve such a rating. Dylan despite not turning 18 till later this year has clearly shown what is good about this club – a youngster wanting to put something back into the club by encouraging the next generation to secure the future. Last spring also, along with younger brother Fabian, he attended the pilot Cricketeens Course run by the ACO to encourage youngsters into officiating. Play shall recommence for the All Stars on Friday 10 May 2019.