Devon League 1st XI
Captains: Tom Popham
Telephone: 07972 150942
Vice Captains: Ben Howe
Telephone: 07557 768663
Telephone: 07715 977538
I am again very excited to continue as the Devon league captain for the forthcoming 2021 season. We have been starved of cricket over the past year so the club and players are raring to return to competitive league cricket. As well as returning to league cricket I am hoping we can also welcome returning clubs and visitors who we missed last season due to the pandemic.
This season we are playing our cricket in the A division having been relegated from the Premier in the 2019 season. We are now faced with the exciting and challenging task of returning to the Premier division and the players and I are all hugely determined to ensure we achieve this target and enjoy the league season. We also know that as a club and as individual players, it will take a lot of hard work and commitment throughout the season, both on and off the pitch as there is plenty of quality and tough competition in this league.
Ben Howe and Jack Popham will continue as vice captains for this season. Both have a very good understanding of the game and we all share the desire to ensure the team and club continues improving, again both on and off the pitch.
A major benefit of the modified 2020 season was the emergence and development of some of our promising young players. The club is blessed with a talented group of young players which I hope will continue to improve and gain further confidence within their own games and their roles within each team.
I would like to thank and also wish Josh King all the best in his move to Sandford CC. He will be greatly missed and a player and as a bloke and his commitment and contribution to the club has been amazing during his team here.
Off the pitch I hope everyone and their close ones have managed to stay safe and sound and are now, fingers crossed, looking forward to a summer of cricket at Instow.
Lastly and most importantly, plenty of club members and their friends and families have been busy raising money for Devon Mind, a mental health charity based in Plymouth. We started this idea in January through the Century Challenge. We are continuing our charity fund throughout the season so we can hopefully raise more money across the summer for a hugely important charity. As a club we would like to thank everyone who has donated thus far and we greatly appreciate any future donations.