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Remembering Mike


Think of Cockington Cricket club, or The 'Corries' as they were known and most people would quite rightly think of Mike Janes. He started playing for the club in 1950 at the tender age of 13 and continued his involvement until his untimely death in January 2016. He was not only a player for many years, but was the club secretary for 51 consecutive years as well as the club umpire for over 30 years. He also followed Torquay Cricket club closely, where his son Nigel captained the 1st team and led them to the Devon Premier League titles in 1996 & 1997.

Up until 2011, Corries fielded a 1st & 2nd team in the Devon Saturday cricket league and fluctuated mainly between B division & D division, played evening friendlies and entered all the local cup competitions, but due to a number of reasons, (mainly a lack of players), have, since then, played with only one team and in the last few years, played Sunday friendly cricket only, culminating in the sad but inevitable folding of the club at the end of last season, a decision which was not taken lightly and which Mike would have found very upsetting to say the least.

Since 2016, there has been an annual match between The Corries and Torquay, to celebrate Mike's life and commitment to local cricket and this year’s game was due to have been played on Sunday 31st May at The Rec, but due to the covid19 virus, it has had to be called off, but if circumstances allow, it is hoped the match can be rearranged for later in the season and the Mike Janes memorial cup can be contested once again by both teams in the true spirit that Mike would have liked and expected. The Corries team was to have been made up of ex-players (and a few ringers!), and hopefully this match will continue to be played in future years.'



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