Devon County Seniors Cricket Club

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Desert Springs Autumn Senior's Festival: 3rd - 8th Oct 2022

View details at: Desert Springs website

Desert Springs Senior's Festival : 3rd - 7th March 2022

For more information or to book a place please contact Nick Gaywood:
T: 01242 680299 or M: 07793 558132 oe E:

A message from our Chairman

To all members and officials

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have played, officiated or just turned up to support. I would on your behalf like to make special mention to all the Captains who have spent hours making sure that sides have been put out to represent our Club. In addition to the normal struggles with injuries that players of our age are always beset with there has been the additional restrictions brought about by COVID for them to contend with and each and every one of them has risen to the task.

To any of you who have missed out on selection then I do hope you continue to be part of our Club and make sure you make yourself available for the friendly fixtures organised by Peter Shephard.

At our age the joy from the game must be that we are still able to compete but I know from my time playing with the 70s that there is still that strong competitive edge amongst a lot of you. So maybe some are disappointed with how the season is finishing. Obviously pride of place, and our congratulations, go to Mark and the Over 50's 1st XI who go into their last fixture top of Section 3 and with a home game against Wiltshire at Barnstaple to be played this Sunday. Anyone in the area please get along and support them. Win or lose the team will qualify for a home fixture and we look forward to seeing where and when this will be.

The 70's have an away fixture to Wales on Thursday 5th August. Wales topped the National 70s table and have beaten Devon twice this year but on both occasions we gave them a good run for their money so who knows whether the tide will turn for us. If it does it would guarantee home fixtures for the rest of the season.

Both 60s sides and 50s 2nd XI await to see their fate in Vase competitions as unfortunately the season has been quite difficult for all 3 sides. I know, if drawn away, the thought of a possible long trip might not be the most popular, I would remind everyone that when we enter these competitions we know the rules. I will leave it to each of the three sides to reach their decision but I do hope that, as a Club, we make every effort to follow the competitions we entered to their natural conclusions.

So good luck to all five teams for whatever time they have left in the season. Well done for all the contributions you have made so far. Keep safe and let’s continue to look forward to our time in Devon Seniors.

Mike Canning

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Now that the lockdown regulations are to continue until 19 July I propose that we continue to charge match fees of £10 for home matches and £5 for away matches as at present. The only exception is if the club at away fixtures provides teas (as some clubs are now doing) players pay a match fee of £10 to cover the costs.  After 19 July when normal arrangements should apply, match fees will be £12 as previously agreed at the 2019 AGM. Captains please note when completing collection sheets.

Payment of match fees - We have had a case recently when some players said they would pay match fees online. Subsequently not all did and this has caused extra work for officials. In addition it left the captains short of the necessary money on the day to pay all expenses at the end of the match, again creating an extra amount of work for your treasurer. Please ensure you can pay match day fees in cash on the day to help the club remain efficient and to fulfil its commitments to our host clubs and officials.

Subscriptions - many thanks to the majority of players who have paid their subscriptions. However I note that some who are representing the County have yet to pay their subscription. Please sort this with your captain at the next fixture or pay online with your name and reference subs. Subscriptions should be settled by the end of June after which consideration will be given to including other members who have paid their subscriptions but as yet have not been selected. If you have not done so, please avoid embarrassment by paying your £10 as quickly as possible.

Andy Rose

Are the days numbered for the sound of leather on willow!

The news media are all full of reports that new bats made from bamboo are set to threaten our familiar 'thwack' of leather on willow...

Maybe it will! ...but if you want to read behind the headlines:

You'll find a good synopsis on TechXplore (here)

or see the Original Cambridge Thesis (here)

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.