Fifth Report from South Africa
Chairman's Welcome to Torquay Cricket Club
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the The Rec for the 2019 season. I hope we are blessed with the sort of beautiful summer that we experienced last year. There really is no better place to watch cricket in South Devon when the sun shines
As a club we look forward to a 2019 season with great optimism. The First Team under the excellent captaincy of George Allen, achieved promotion back to the Premier Division. This is an environment our members are far more familiar with and I hope that the team will thrive. The First Team will continue to promote the young players in our club and to give them their opportunity to perform at the highest level of cricket that Devon has to offer. George will be ably assisted by his Vice-captain, Mitch Pugh, and I am sure you will join me in wishing George and the rest of the boys the very best of luck for this season ahead.
The second team will continue to be used as an opportunity to develop our younger players. Our junior section are the life blood of the club and as they develop, our talented crop will be given the chance to experience senior cricket under the stewardship of Matt McCann in his first season as Second Team Captain. Matt will be assisted by a few of the ‘elder Statesmen’ of the club, those players who have played competitive cricket at a good standard and whose responsibility it is to ensure the younger players firstly, enjoy their cricket whilst embedding valuable traits, such as, sportsmanship, competitiveness, fair play and respect for our opposition.
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 grass roots cricket there can be no better environment!
This year we are introducing ‘Wine and Wickets’ an opportunity for ladies of any age to have fun playing Softball Cricket, getting a little gentle exercise followed by some well earnt refreshment! Details of the junior training and match programme as well as the ‘Wine and Wickets’ are on the club notice board and website.
We have a fantastic band of volunteers who devote countless hours in order that our various teams can play and the club can continue to function. Throughout the off season we have been blessed to have a band of ‘builders’ ably lead by club stalwart, Rob Dickinson. Their efforts are obvious in the improved appearance, both internally and externally of our ageing club House. The team have done an amazing job for which we are all exceptionally grateful.
We are also exceptionally grateful for the continued sponsorship provided by Wiltshires builders merchants who have supported the club for four seasons in succession. There are also a large number of other sponsors who have generously donated money in order that the club can 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.
Finally, it gives me great pleasure to confirm Ken Jeffery as our Club President . There can be no club member more deserving of the position . Ken has served the club in numerous roles over so many years and is looking forward to getting to know all of our members throughout the season .
I look forward to seeing and chatting to as many of you as possible on the boundary rope.