Chairman’s Message


Chairman’s Message

We are very lucky to have one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in England and, thanks to the tireless work of our groundsman, what is widely regarded as the best playing surface in Devon.

Having been founded in 1823, the club has a proud history to live up to. As well as the current Somerset CCC twins Craig and Jamie Overton, the Club’s home-grown talent includes the brothers Bill and David Shepherd, the latter of whom, after playing for Goucestershire CCC for 14 years, became one of the most respected Test umpires of all time, standing in 92 Test matches from 1985-2005. Read how you can support his memory by becoming a member of the David Shepherd Cricket Trust, a charity set up in his memory to support young cricketers, boys and girls, in Devon.

With such a history, our aims as a club are to;

  • to be a serious contender for the Devon Premier League championship (having been champions in 2007 and 2011).
  • to maintain three teams in the Devon League and two teams in the North Devon League.
  • to have a thriving colts section where we introduce boys and girls to the joys of playing cricket and hopefully instill a lifelong love of the game.
  • nurture and develop girls’ and women’s cricket through being the home of North Devon Tarka Ladies (Devon Champions 2015 and 2016) and Tarka Girls (National under 15 champions 2015).
  • to be a club that is friendly and welcoming to all and genuinely contributes to the social well-being of the local area.

This year we are delighted to be in our third year with the Commodore Hotel as a main sponsor, like NDCC an iconic Instow institution.

Looking back on the 2016 season, once again the stand-out performance was from our ladies team, North Devon Tarka Ladies, who won the top division of the Devon Womens Cricket League for the second successive year – a great reward for the tireless work put in by Mark Overton and Jan Witheridge. You can read more about their successes in the Ladies and Girls Cricket section.

Under the excellent guidance of Stuart Ware, the junior section of the club continues to thrive, and we are very lucky to have a group of enthusiastic parents supporting him as the individual age group managers – the junior section is so important as it is where we create our future first, second and third team players. At Monday evening junior training sessions, it is great to see so many enthusiastic young boys and girls.

The pavilion extension completed last year is a great success and the improved facilities now make the pavilion a great place for our club members and their friends to hold social events. So please do get in touch with Matt Dart if you would like to book it.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rob Gear for his work over the last few years as Treasurer and wish him all the best as a new father.

Last season we sadly lost Ken Smith, who had been scorer for our Devon League 2nd XI for as long as most of the players can remember and was a core part of the team. He was a fantastic loyal servant to the club and I do hope that we can find another of similar ilk to replace him – being the scorer for a team is very valuable and rewarding.

I have recently returned from South Africa with the Devon u15 Boys Development Tour where we were lucky enough to watch Kyle Verreynne (last season’s young overseas player who scored three Premier League centuries for us) batting for Western Province at Newlands. Since he left us in September, his first class career has got off to a great start and lets hope he can soon join Jason Smith in the Cape Cobras side and that they both go on to represent South Africa.

This season we are hosting the Devon T20 Finals Day on Sunday 23rd July so there is extra incentive to make it to the finals and this should be a great day of cricketing entertainment.

The club’s success is based on the incredible hard work of a fairly small group of volunteers who give up an enormous amount of their time. The more people there are in this group, the more enjoyable it is for those involved and the better it is for the health of the club. So if you would like to help by taking on a role, however simple (such as umpiring, scoring or volunteering behind the bar), then please do get in touch with myself, Tony, or another Committee member. We are always looking for new Committee members and we currently have a vacancy for Treasurer.

Finally, I wish you all a great season of either playing or watching competitive and enjoyable cricket.

Mark Ansell