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Sonny Baker Makes Somerset CC 2nd XI Debut

Torquay CC are extremely proud to announce their young speedster, Sonny Baker has made his debut for Somerset CC 2nd XI v Kent CC 2nd XI in a 3-day 2nd XI County Championship match at Taunton Vale CC. Sonny’s debut has come aged just 16 years and 103 days – younger then the Overton twins and even Sir Ian “Beefy” Botham!

The legend that is Marcus Trescothick entrusted Sonny to come on first change and although he was wicketless his 12 overs went for just 57 runs and testimony to his control no bowling extras given away. The Kent side included Daniel Bell-Drummond and Darren Stevens. Sonny didn’t get the opportunity to show his skill with the bat though and Somerset suffered a heavy defeat 10 wicket inside 2 days. Wickets and runs – surely only a matter of time.

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Colts Round Up 1

The juniors after the first round of matches are showing the seniors the way with two wins from two matches.

The U14s travelled to Ashburton and won by 17 runs. Asked to bat first the bulk of the runs were scored by Roberts (29), McCarthy (28*) and Martin (24) – Torquay after 20 overs finished on 114 for 5. The spin twins Passenger (3 for 3) and Rider (2 for 22) restricted the home side to 97 for 8 with only Field with 35 scoring significant runs before being run out.

The U12s travelled to Chelston and Kingskerswell and won by 80 runs. Asked to bat first the bulk of the runs came from Baker, Nott and Rider all of whom had to retire on reaching 30. The score was further boosted by 42 extras – Torquay after 20 overs finished on 154 for 3. Chelston and Kingskerswell ended up 74 all out with Isaac claiming 3 for 4 and James 2 for 3.

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New Signing Profile - Jordan Hoffman

A Message from our New Fast Bowler – Jordan Hoffman...

I'm very excited to be joining Torquay CC this year, having only played in Birmingham in the Birmingham Premier Division and Division One, I'm looking forward to experiencing a different league and being part of a successful cricket club like Torquay and hope I can contribute to further success in the upcoming season.

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New Signing Profile – Steve Lewis

Grew up through the youth of Barton Cricket Club where I learned my trade. Enjoyed a small adult career there also mixed with Babbacombe. Looking forward to a different club and atmosphere! Also looking forward to getting fit playing squash for Torquay again.

Australia has been a fantastic experience. The league I played in was on carpet pitches and my batting suffered big time unable to adapt. However my wicket-keeping was pretty successful. One stumping and 3 dismissals from breaking A Grade club records. Also the team I represented made the grand final after finishing last the previous 2 seasons. Unfortunately we lost the final but was an incredible experience all round.

I'm looking to get my teeth into a new club, new social and playing scene. Hoping to push my cricket to the next level training with premier cricketers. Who knows, regular premier cricket is the goal. Massive challenge looking at the great signings the club has made. Hopefully big success comes to Torquay and I can contribute in any way.

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The Club’s Newest Coach Support Worker

Although eligible for Devon O50s 2nd XI next year and having not picked up a bat or ball seriously in over thirty years (batting and bowling averages not disclosed), Evo has decided to venture out the scorebox to help support our Club’s Qualified Coaches.

Evo had been thinking about doing the workshop for a couple of years. Now in his own words “well into middle age” he decided to do it now to maintain “some” fitness whilst most importantly helping the club nurture the stars of the future! As Evo says, “I saw it as a fresh challenge and the final piece of my development jigsaw with the workshop certainly giving me food for thought.”

Evo will now be available most Friday evenings till late July and certainly some other evenings.

We are extremely fortunate to have Evo on-board considering his existing wealth of (Mental Health) First Aid and Welfare knowledge.

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Hit The Stigma For Six!

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.

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ECB Scorer Pro

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 .
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!”

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The Bay’s Only Five Star Rating!

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.

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James Rowe Strikes on Overseas Debut

Devon U15 XI were put into bat by the Johan Rudolph Academy XI in their first match of their 2019 South African tour. Devon were dismissed for 166 in 47. 5 overs. James coming in as the last man scored 5 off 11 balls including a boundary before being stumped.

Opening the bowling, James had figures of 1 for 14 off 4 overs – trapping Prinsloo LBW for 0. From all accounts, James with a bit of luck could have had another 2 wickets.

Devon went onto win the match against the side put together by the father of Jacques Rudolph, who as a youngster played midweek for Torquay before going onto play for South Africa, by 28 runs.

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Kazi Claims Wicket of Ashes Star

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.

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Mitch Pugh commits to Devon!

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.

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Kazi Takes 6 on 1st Grade Debut !

Kazi Szymanski on his 1st grade debut for Fairfield Liverpool v St George in Sydney in the 2nd innings has had figures of 10.4-3-34-6 after 1st over went for 8 plus dropped catch. In the 1st innings he had figures of 3-1-16-1.

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George Allen selected by Devon County

Great news that our 1st XI captain, George Allen, has been selected by Devon County Club to make his debut in their next three day game against Berkshire.

George’s strong performances for both Torquay CC and Devon Lions this season have pushed his case to make his debut for the full county side.

The three day championship game starts on Sunday 5 August at Falklands CC near Newbury. You can follow the action using the link:

George adds himself to a long and distinguished list of Torquay players who have represented their county.

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Five Wicket Victory for Torquay against Redruth in the ECB National Club Championship

Redruth 68 all out.

Torquay 70 for 5.

Torquay won by 5 wickets.

Torquay made the 2 hour journey into Cornwall to face Cornish Premier League side Redruth.

Torquay won the toss and invited Redruth to bat, the hosts soon found themselves in trouble as Ben Passenger 4 for 24 and James McMurray 3 for 12 ripped through their defences leaving them all out for 68 inside 20 overs.

What seemed an easy target to chase down soon had the visitors wobbling at 8 for 3 but the arrival of Mitch Pugh (39*) settled the ship and along side Tom Drake saw Torquay home for the loss of 5 wickets.

Making their 1st team debuts were Sonny Baker and Harry Passenger.

1st team captain, George Allen commented on the victory, "it was great to actually get out and play some cricket after so much rain. I thought our attitude was spot on from start to finish. The boys bowled great lines and were backed up by some fantastic ground fielding and catching. It was good to bring in Sonny and Harry to gain some early experience of 1st team cricket and proves that we are a club who are willing to put some faith in our youth system. That said, Ben Passenger bowled a great opening spell that put the pressure on Redruth and despite a little wobble early on, we were never going to lose this one. I can't wait to start our league campaign away to Brixham on Saturday which will no doubt be a lot tougher."

Torquay have been drawn against Wadebridge in round 2 on May 13th.
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