Cricket: Former Paignton captain signs for Torquay

Torbay Weekly

The surprise move of former Paignton captain George Benton to local rivals Torquay is unlikely to be topped for impact during local cricket's close-season.

Benton, 28, who led his hometown club to two Premier Division runner-up spots over the last two years, has dropped down a division to try and help Torquay back to the top flight.

The former Devon all-rounder comes from a family steeped in Queen's Park traditions, and it is clearly a big decision to leave.

"Paignton is a fantastic club, and it's been my whole cricketing life," he told the Devon League website.

"But I have had a long think about my cricket and I think a fresh start is needed and a new challenge.

"I know a lot of the players at Torquay. Hopefully I can play a part in getting to where they want to be."