Cricket: Former Paignton captain signs for Torquay

George Benton

George Benton - Credit: Submitted

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."

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