Seniors First XI
2023 will see Harry Baxendale take over as 1st XI skipper from the Drake / Kelmere combo of last season.
Evo recently caught up with Bax for a Q&A. Bax was hoping for some nice easy questions but when Evo is the interviewer that will never happen!
A bit of a bouncer to start! Whilst it isn’t always easy to talk about yourself. What do you think you will bring to the role?
“With pre-season being largely interrupted, I’m looking forward to the season starting and being able to try and have a positive impact on the role. Hopefully I can bring a different perspective and get the out of everyone at the club.”
Since taking on the role. What has the support from the Chairman of Cricket and the Head of Cricket Development been like?
“Everyone has been incredibly supportive, it has made undertaking the position an incredibly easy decision. The support from senior members of the club at Torquay has always been great and its reassuring to know there are lots of different people to lean on if needed.”
With so many “fallen giants” currently in the A Division. The crucial question. Do you believe the squad you are assembling is capable of seriously challenging for a return to the Premier League?
“Definitely the A Division is getting tougher and tougher seemingly, but I don’t think there is anyone in the 1st XI who doesn’t believe we can’t beat every team in the division if we play our best cricket.”
In light of the buzz phrase, “Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.” What are your plans for involving the next generation of the club and come to that the girls / ladies (though socially) with the 1st XI?
“It is definitely an important topic and something we all need to be aware of as members of Torquay CC. Supporting Pasty and some of the other members of the club who provide opportunities on Friday nights is a key stepping stone to be able to progress that side of the club.”
Cricket is about playing hard but having fun. So, in light of this what is your favourite cricketing funny?
“Hard to pinpoint one exact moment – maybe at the end of this season I will be able to give you a definitive answer!”