Devon County Seniors Cricket Club

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National 60+/70+ County Cricket Championship fixtures 2021

All the 2021 fixtures are now on both Play cricket and the NCCC website. Captains/Managers please enter your VENUES when known onto Play cricket, then send them to the NCCC administrator Derrick Sheldon at  who will add them to the fixture pages on the NCCC website, thank you.

TRIP to Macey's now booked for FRIDAY JUNE 25th...future social events coming up in 2021/2022



TRIP to Maceys, the 'Firehouse Country Inn', at Curry Rivel, TA10 0HE (01458-887447)  will be FRIDAY JUNE 25th 2021...Proposed Sponsored  'GOLF DAY'  in aid of the British Heart Foundation & DCSCC, which has now moved to 2022...EARLY October 2021 DSCT Luncheon @ the Exeter Golf & Country Club...AGM in November venue TBC.

** For every event FULL DEPOSITS will be required please.

*** With the likelihood of us all being vaccinated by end of April/May, let's perhaps move our attention to SPAIN in OCTOBER 2021 at the Desert Springs Resort...the sunny Climate of Spain in October?

Shepherd Trust Chairman, Guy Curry, publishes book about the 'Tour that never was'

A 30 year dream becomes a reality thanks to lockdown. Captain of the tour doomed by outbreak of war, was the Author's Grandfather. 'A tour but for the War' delves into the Lord's archives to look at the cancelled MCC tour to India 1939-40 and the players due to travel there. Some never played again for England, and some didn't get the chance. A 'Tour but for the War' is a limited edition of 111 copies. Enthusiasts have been snapping them up at £45 each. Contact Curry by email  to reserve one of the remaing books...more details on the DCB website.

ECB welcomes Government decision for Season to start from MARCH 29th

The ECB welcomes the Government's decision to permit outdoor grassroots cricket to return in time for the start of the 2021 season from March 29th. Cricket plays an important role in many people's lives and helps to maintain positive mental & physical wellbeing. We are working with Sport England & the Government on each step of the Government's roadmap. We will issue further guidance shortly on what each step of the roadmap means for the game to support players, teams, clubs, coaches and umpires, to prepare in time for March 29th.

4th Test in Ahmedabad v INDIA starts MARCH 4th...start 4am same venue


Test match Dates:

First Test:  5 - 9th  ENGLAND WIN by 227 runs & go 1-0 up

Second Test:  INDIA WIN by 300+ runs & draw series 1-1

Third Test:  INDIA WIN by 10wkts India 2-1 ahead (Shortest Test match recorded since 1935)   

Fourth Test  4 - 8th  March  Ahmedabad  4am

5 x T20's  @  Ahmedabad  12-30 am  day/night

3 x ODI's  @  Pune 

The sad passing of John Tanner RIP

It is with great sadness I advise John Tanner aged 77 years died peacefully in his sleep earlier today in a Churston Residential Care Home.

ON October 8th John was found in Exeter City Centre having apparently suffered with a medical episode or a fall which caused serious head injuries. He remained barely conscious in hospital through to mid January when he was transferred to a care home to be closer to his Paignton family. There was no significant improvement to his health so it is perhaps reassuring he is no longer in pain.

I have continued to liaise with the family on behalf of John’s many friends across the sporting fraternity and to provide previous updates. Details are Mr and Mrs Stuart Hadley at 33a Torquay Road, Paignton TQ3 3DT.

John was an accomplished sportsman playing cricket to a high standard in the Midlands  with Coventry and North Warwickshire being his main club. However he was professional/semi-professional footballer for some ten seasons with notable Southern League teams when the League effectively was what is now the National League Premier. Interspersed with his football John had a business interest as an agent for pop groups at various club and pub venues in London and the Midlands. His  football clubs were Brighton and Hove Albion, Walthamstow Avenue, Nuneaton Borough, and Newport County where John had an involvement with European Football.

After moving to Paignton with his family to assist two other couples in a joint venture of purchasing and managing a hotel, John developed an interest in the Devon cricket and football scene. In retirement it was his only passion and he regularly watched 110-120 days of cricket and then from September some 100 football matches records of all he maintained in his files perhaps notable in that in the main he relied on public transport or lifts from fellow sports enthusiasts to access games.

John will be sadly missed by all that knew him in sport and especially all at Exeter Cricket Club whose activities he supported so passionately.

WANTED: Able-bodied and talented cricketers aged 48+ for your Counties National Championship for O'50's 1st & 2nd XI's, O'60's 1st & 2nd XI's, 67+ XI & Sunday & Mid-Week Friendly XI. To discuss membership, please contact one of our Club's Officers, on the Contacts page.

Peter Shephard & Dave Gambie with Keith White MBE, Managing Director of 'Michael Spiers', Devon County Seniors Cricket Club's major sponsor 2018 and onwards.