Everyone raring to go with cricket league set for full season
- Credit: Phil Mingo/PPAUK
More than 2,000 players, umpires, scorers, tea ladies and support staff are poised to throw themselves into the 2021Tolchards Devon Cricket League season which opens on Saturday.
The Covid-ruined 2020 campaign was restricted to a six-week late summer tournament, with no promotion or relegation, so everyone is raring to go for a full season.
The reigning Premier Division champions are still 2019 winners Tiverton Heathcoat, who open at home to Sidmouth.
Paignton are set on challenging for a long-awaited title at Queen's Park.
Although they have lost former League Young Player of the Year Dan Wolf - he's moved to Essex - they have just picked up two useful looking additions in batsman Sam Robbins and opening bowler Sean Kirk, who have both moved to the area from Lancashire.
No division will be contested more fiercely than the 'A', where Abbotskerswell, Barton and Torquay all have their eyes on promotion, while the C Division West is packed with South Devon local derbies.
The first-day fixtures for our clubs are:
- 1 Show is world’s largest gathering of more than 3,000 iconic classic and vintage cars and motorbikes
- 2 Midweek shocks in the National League
- 3 Probus Club 'home' at last to hear about ghosts, gallows and 'Big Foot'
- 4 Property of the Week: Simply striking family home in semi-rural setting
- 5 Norrms McNamara: All care staff need to be trained in dementia
- 6 Sinclair's special start on community day
- 7 All go at Rotary club with new president, vaccines, golf and a chicken run!
- 8 Indoor bowls: 'A' team win all four rinks
- 9 Junior anglers take the fishing limelight
- 10 Gig racing: Brixham hosts Cornish Pilot Gig Association's veterans' championships
Premier - Hatherleigh v Paignton, Cornwood v Bovey Tracey; A Division - Abbotskerswell v Torquay, Barton v Tavistock; B - Bovey II v Kilmington, Chudleigh v Heathcoat II, Ipplepen v Dartington & Totnes; C West - Brixham v South Devon, Ashburton v Stoke Gabriel, Paignton II v Teignmouth & Shaldon.
D West - Yelverton v Barton II, Plymstock v Ipplepen II, Kingsbridge v Babbacombe, Whitchurch v Abbotskerswell II, Plympton v Chelston & Kingskerswell; ; E West - Barton III v Kenn, Lewdown v Lustleigh; F West - Teignmouth/Shaldon II v Ashburton II, Torquay II v Chudleigh II, Babbacombe II v Hatherleigh II, South Devon II v Ipplepen III, Paignton III v Kingsbridge II; G West - Stoke Gabriel II v Stokeinteignhead, Chelston/Kingskerswell II v Whitchurch II, South Brent v Bovey IV, Dartington/Totnes II v Yelverton II; H West - Ivybridge III v Paignton IV, Babbacombe III v Plymstock III, Plymouth CS/Roborough v St Marychurch OB, Teignmouth/Shaldon III v Cornwood IV.