Review of 2016

Mens Cricket

The 2016 season was once again reasonably successful without quite hitting the heights… in the Devon League where 20% of each division gets relegated every year maintaining your position in a division is not to be taken for granted – we continue to be in that select group of clubs in Devon who have a team in the Premier League and the 2nd premier;

  • Our Saturday 1st XI finished fifth in the Devon Premier League. The highlights of the season were Ed Yeo’s devastating 141 against Exmouth on Sponsors’ Lunch day, Kyle Verreynne’s century against Sidmouth on his debut for us and then Tom Ansell’s maiden Premier League century away at Plymouth, with Kyle and Tom both finishing in the league’s top ten batsmen. Brett Mason’s keeping was consistently excellent and Josh King led the bowling attack with pace and control taking 24 wickets including 5 for 36 against Exeter. Jack Gibbs also put in some great bowling performances and has been selected for the Gloucester CC Academy this season.
  • Our Saturday 2nd XI finished fourth in the Devon 2nd XI Premier League with the batting led by great performances from Rob Ayre who averaged over 50 and Tom Parsons, both finishing
    the season in the league’s top ten batting averages. Tim Cooke continued to baffle batsmen with his loopy off spin, taking 25 wickets and finishing second in the league’s bowling averages.
  • Our Saturday 3rd XI finished fourth, our highest ever position in the Devon 2nd XI C Division East. Bob Heaman and Tom Stanton were both in the league’s batting top ten, whereas on the bowling front Alastair Ashworth was excellent, taking 19 wickets and bowling 85 overs at a run rate of just 2.6. Our youngsters also starred, with maiden Devon League 5fers for Archie Popham and Jed Foster, with Archie also finishing in the league’s top ten bowlers with 18 wickets.
  • Our two teams in the Sunday North Devon League both finished the season in second place in their respective divisions 1 and 3.
  • North Devon Tarka Ladies retained their position as champions of Devon in the Devon Womens League – see the Ladies and Girls Report for the full report.

The North Devon League was this year reduced to a 40 over competition and the start time brought forward to 1.30pm every week. This was an improvement but more changes are required before players at clubs like NDCC who also play in the Devon League on Saturdays find this a really relevant competition. We will continue to enter 2 teams in the NDL next season as it is a great opportunity to introduce more of our youngsters to adult cricket.

2016 Club Awards

These were presented at the Awards Night at the Commodore Hotel on 12th November 2016.

Bill Shepherd Memorial Cup for the 1st XI player of the year – Kyle Verreynne

CLUB Captain’s Cup for all round contribution – Josh King

Norman Rattenbury Tankard for fielding – Tom Ansell

Cup for the 2nd XI player of the year –Rob Ayre

Roy Tamlyn Cup for the most improved player – Tom Ansell

Tom Allin Cup for the breakthrough player of the year – Jed Foster

Peter Yandel Cup – for club man of the year – Mark Ansell