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Ancient Memories of Torquay CC by Peter Anderson

Well, it is a long time ago! I was a very young police Inspector posted to Torquay from Plymouth and some might say all I did was play sport. If memory serves me well it was the 1969 cricket season that I first played at the Rec. Before then, I had been playing at Plymstock CC and whilst there managed to play a few matches for Devon without much success under the captain Derek Cole. There was no such thing as league cricket in those days so we did not play Torquay, being I suppose a sort of minor club. We did however manage to obtain a second Xl fixture against them at Plymstock where we won by 10 wickets me being not out for quite a few!

My first captain at Torquay was Paul Twose who made me feel most welcome. The pitches were flat as they are now so it was quite difficult for him to keep players happy by involving them in matches where they actually did something other than just field. Twice as difficult because he was a very good all-rounder! In that side I seem to remember Ghan Patel was an opening bowler, Roger Matthews a spinning all-rounder and a whole phalanx of batsmen such as Ian Schofield, Ossie Osbourne, Peter Goodrich and some whose names I have forgotten. I could not forget however the demon fast bowler we had namely David Post. A very large and imposing figure off a large run who finished up a few yards from the batsman on his follow through. You did not want to catch the nicks but you had a chance to hear what he had to say to the batsman who, if they were mad, just stood there. He had a front foot problem which meant dismissed batsmen gathered at square leg in ever increasing numbers and volatility!

The President of the Club was Leslie Goodrich, the Mayor of Torquay. He gave me a fearful but polite dressing down in private for throwing my bat on the ground on returning to the Pavilion having been given out. He made it clear that if I ever did that again in public I would not play for the Club again – well deserved I might add.

There then came quite a change in personnel. Barry Mathews became the captain and he assembled a very fine team. Messrs Alan Sibley, Clive Cole, Martyn Goulding, Ian Goodrich, Paul Dunkels Dave Traylor all come to mind but there were other fine players too. I once shared a room with Paul Dunkels in a Devon match at Bideford. He is the only person I have ever known who had silk pyjamas and a silk dressing gown and I would not have been surprised if he had slept in a cravat. He was a very fine bowler though and amusing company.

In those days we played a lot of midweek cricket and most of my police duties involved late night working running a drug squad and a task force. Most of the time I was very tired but turned out anyway. The amazing thing was that the Captain, Barry Mathews, ran a night

club but unlike me, had no difficulty in seeing the ball – but I was fed up seeing him all the time!

I should make reference to Ted Dickenson who was such a stalwart off the field for the Club and Devon. As the records show, he was a fine player in his time and gave a lot back to the game. He was quite deaf which made his umpiring appearances memorable especially at Exeter with Postie bowling!

The big matches were of course versus Paignton, Exeter, Plymouth, Exmouth all of whom had some very good players. Plymouth were very strong with players like Uren, Crawford, Swinburne, Martin, Ward WK (father of ! ) and later Solanki. They were all very dangerous too after the match!

It all came to an end when I was posted to Tavistock. I played once more against Torquay before the leagues started. We won so it is two nil to me versus Torquay but thanks for the memories.


Peter Anderson

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