James Rowe Strikes on Overseas Debut
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.
Kazi Szymanski certainly had a day to remember playing 1st Grade for Fairfield Liverpool v Eastern Suburbs. While scoring 16no on a juicy wicket he ducked into a good length ball from Surrey's Stuart Meaker resulting in a dead arm. Kazi got his revenge later though by having Ashes wicketkeeper Peter Nevill caught in the gully for 9. Despite being rather bruised Kazi is buzzing at taking the wicket of an international for the first time.
With the ECB relaxing their overseas eligibility rules – qualifying period now just 3 years instead of the 7 previously. Mitch has become available for Devon in 2019 based on residency qualifications and having signed (his life away) with a declaration he won’t play for another country.
Torquay CC Taking Bat Testing Seriously