The Return of Cricket
Chairman's Welcome to Torquay Cricket Club
It gives me great pleasure in welcoming you to The REC for the 2020 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 (although this seems highly unlikely given the present circumstances).
As a club we have been looking forward to the 2020 season with great optimism. We have a new first XI Captain in Chris Kelmere and Vice-Captain in Tom Drake. Our second team will once again be captained by the evergreen Matt MaCann. 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 2 players from “overseas” Sajedul Iscam is a former Bangladeshi One-Day International, he is a proflic batsman and left-arm seam bowler. Our second addition is Daniel Doram. Daniel is a 6ft 7 left-arm spinner and hard-hitting batsman! Undoubtedly, Sajedul and Daniel will make a great contribution to our club, both in the coaching of our seniors and juniors, as well as on match day.
I am also delighted that Mike Pugh has returned “home” and has taken the role of Head of Cricket Development. Mike’s coaching credentials and leadership skills are well known to all who have played with him and his return is a tremendous boost for the club and all those players looking to improve their cricketing skills.
This year the 1st XI will be competing in the A Division following last season’s unsuccessful campaign. It is the club’s hope and ambition that we 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 have devoted countless hours in order that the various teams can play and the club can continue to function. Throughout the off-season Rob Dickinson and his merry band of builders have continued their quest to revitalise the pavilion. As well as undertaking much needed general maintenance, they have reconstructed the steps to the front of the pavilion and re-clad the elevations in gleaming white UPVC. The club and its members owe these individuals a great debt of gratitude.
We are also exceptionally grateful for the continued sponsorship that we receive. These sponsors generously donate 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.
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.