Cricket clubs aiming for return to full season

The view from the players' balcony at Torquay Cricket Club

The view from the players' balcony at Torquay Cricket Club - Credit: Torquay Cricket Club

Torquay and Brixham Cricket Clubs are both preparing the ground ahead of a hoped-for return of a full 2021 season with new key appointments.

Tolchards Devon League Premier Division club Torquay are creating a completely new post of head of junior performance pathway.

Brixham, who are hoping to force their way back up the ladder after slipping down to C Division West, have advertised for a new player-coach.

Everyone hopes that cricket will be fully back in the summer, after being restricted by the Covid pandemic to a short locally-based interim tournament in 2020.

Torquay’s plans include the return of girls’ and women’s teams, plus a Torbay Primary Schools Festival and August Cricket ‘Camps’ at the Recreation Ground.

Their 40-hours per week paid pathway post will go to someone holding at least an ECB Level 2 coaching qualification, and club director of cricket Tim Western said: “This vacancy presents a wonderful opportunity for a suitable individual to become a fulcrum in the strong tradition of junior cricket at Torquay.“

Brixham, who were a Premier Division club themselves only five years ago, are determined to halt a recent slide and believe they have a promising group of emerging colts players to help with a revival at Boundary Park.

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They have employed overseas professionals in the past, but club captain George Breyley told the League website: “With all the uncertainty over international travel, it made sense this year to look for a local solution to our coaching needs.

“We have six or seven post-16 players who are ready to start playing senior cricket and need the club’s support.

“We are not ready to restart our 2nd XI yet, but we are back in the South Devon League on Sundays this year, to give our younger players a taste of league cricket.

“They are young and, understandably lack a bit of confidence, but they don’t realise how good they are.

“We are looking for a Level 2 coach who will also play for us, and we want someone who can hit the ground running.”