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O'50's 1st XI v IOW at Plymouth CC 2018
Back Row L-R: Umpire (IOW) Chris Dove (Scorer) Del Lammonby, Richard Pyle, Paul Thomas, Chris Cooke, Gary Spencer, Andy Hele. Front Row L-R: Steve Moore, Terry Farkins, Peter Lucketti (Capt' & Wkt) Ian Hayter, Steve Luffman, Colin Shute (Umpire)
Devon Over 50s 1st XI Team 2016
Back (L-R): Jim Anning (umpire), Mark Heather, Graeme Wilson, John Stonehouse, Richard Pyle, Graham Munday, Brian Can, Chris Dove (scorer)
Front (L-R): Keith Biggs, Terry Farkins, Peter Lucketti, Steve Luffman, Steve Moore
A very competitive group saw Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire and ourselves all tied on 20 points as a result of all winning 5 and losing 2 games with Cornwall in 5th with a 4 and 3 record. With a bit more composure with the bat we probably would have beaten both Somerset and Dorset, something to work on for next summer. Leading run scorer again was Steve Luffman with 292 runs at 48.67 including his first century for the fifties. On the bowling front we missed Paul Nott up front although Keith Biggs bowled well. The spinners were to the fore with Steve Moore in particular very parsimonious although the leading wicket taker with 12 at 22.75 was yours truly.
In the last 16 we came across our quarter final conquerors from last year, Staffordshire. Whilst this year they were without Kim Barnett they did have the England fifties captain who scored 94. When he was out the score was 168-5 but unfortunately the last 8 overs they took the game away from us, scoring 75 runs. We batted poorly although a couple of poor decisions did not help and faded to a 114 all out.
Whilst availability was pretty good we did use 18 players, with 6 new debutants, and I think in most cases all enjoyed the matches, played hard but fair and in good spirit. Roger Wensley reached 50 games for fifties, a milestone only one or two have achieved, before his achilles forced him to finish his season early. Mention must be made of John Stonehouse for always giving us something to laugh about, always him, and in particular his efforts to make the Hampshire game, which showed commitment, enterprise beyond the call of duty and is a story in itself. My thanks to all of you and in particular to Peter Lucketti for his support as vice-captain.
It has been a pleasure leading the team and playing with such a good bunch of blokes. I would of course be delighted to be captain again next season if nobody else wants to take over.
A big thank you to Chris Dove who reached his hundred this year, 100 games scored for the over fifties, a fantastic effort I think you would all agree. And for all the guys who umpired for us, thank you.
And finally an even bigger thank you to Catherine for all the support, seen, unseen, heard, unheard that she gives me.
See Archive Section for downloadable reports and statistics
Chris Dove receiving his award for 100 games scored for the fifties.
Devon Over 50s 1st XI Team 2015
Back (L-R): Chris Dove (Scorer), Roger Wensley, Richard Pyle, Chris Cook, Graeme Wilson, Paul Nott, Neil Murrin. Front (L-R): Terry Farkins, Charlie Dibble, Graham Munday, Peter Lucketti, Steve Luffman.
The season could be deemed to be successful in that we reached the quarter final of the competition before losing to the eventual runners-up Staffordshire. In the group stages we played 6 games and had 1 abandoned. Of the 6 played we lost to Hampshire and Cornwall and thus only qualified for the last 16 as best 4th placed team in the country!
We played Warwickshire, unbeaten in their group, in the last 16 and beat them by 8 wickets by chasing down 267. A great bowling effort against two of the best batters we came across all summer (excluding a certain Kim Barnett) was followed by fantastic innings from Luffman (95 not out) and Pyle (113 not out) who never really looked in trouble. Warwickshire could not believe it.
In the quarter final we came across said Mr Barnett who scored an unbeaten hundred although we did not do ourselves justice with the bat. Charlie Dibble took 6-57 to keep Staffs to 218-9 but a good bowling side stopped our batsmen getting anywhere near.
The leading run scorers in the season were Steve Luffman, 3 nineties and a fifty (393 runs at 56) and Richard Pyle 2 fifties and a hundred (286 runs at 47). Also mention of Terry Farkins who scored a match winning hundred (103 not out) against Dorset and Neil Murrin scored 98 against Cornwall.
The leading bowler was Charlie Dibble with 16 wickets at 17 apiece. With Paul Nott and Chris Cook being the most economical bowlers going for less than 4 runs per over.
With 3 teams from our group (Hampshire, Cornwall and ourselves) reaching the last 8 I think I can safely say that was a fair reflection of what a strong group ours has become. Although we lost to Hampshire and Cornwall I think in both cases we lost them rather than they won them with possibly our worst bowling performances in my 4 seasons in the fifties.
With good availability from a number of players we only had to use 15 players and I think this certainly helps build a good team spirit. My thanks to all who played and to all their efforts. It has been a pleasure leading the team and playing with such a good bunch of blokes. I would of course be delighted to be captain again next season and if not then I would give my successor my support.
Finally a bit thank you to Chris Dove for scoring and doing all the stats etc and for Chris Shelton for umpiring the majority of the games.
See Archive Section for downloadable reports and statistics
As we start to come out of the winter and the cricket world cup looms up we know that our summer is not far away. After leading us very successfully for the last two summers Roger Wensley has relinquished his position as skipper and you fine body of men have elected me to lead you. I hope that your faith in me will be rewarded with an even more successful 2015.
To get us ready for the coming season we have arranged the following:
Cricket Nets on Wednesday 18th March 2014 and Tuesday 7th April 8pm
10pm at the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Cricket Centre, Exeter
Please make every effort to attend at least one of these sessions.
I shall also try and arrange at least one early season friendly so that when we come to play our first two fixtures we are not caught cold as we have been before.
Please see the first team fixtures, start times in all cases will be 1.00 and as soon as I have details of the away venues I will let you know. If you could confirm your availability for these games as soon as you know it would save me a lot of time and effort chasing you. It is easier for you to call me than for me to make 15-20 calls trying to find out your availability, thank you.
Our first two league matches will involve an overnight stay on the Isle of Wight before travelling up to play Hampshire. I will organise the accommodation but it would help if you could confirm that you would be able to make the overnight stay. As most of you are aware Hampshire has been our toughest match these past 3 seasons and each time it has also been our first and we have been a little off our best. Hopefully this time we would have had the benefit of playing the day before to have us ready to be our best.
If you know of anybody else who has reached the fine age of 50 and would be interested in playing Seniors cricket please let me know and copy them this email.
Meanwhile, stay healthy and keep fit. I look forward to seeing you at the nets in March.
Seniors O'50s 1st XI 2013
OVER 50s 1st XI CAPTAIN - PETER LUCKETTI
"Born in Bury, Lancashire on the 18/2/1965, my family & I moved to Brixham, Devon in the early 70's. With my school mates, we were regular cricketers at the local park, before turning up at Brixham CC. I was hooked from then on. As a teenager Dad took me to Barton CC, which was my first real Club. I started playing Seniors cricket in the 3rd XI aged 14, and it was here I bumped into my lifelong friend Terry Farkins. I went on to play for Torquay, Exeter, and Bovey Tracey, before moving back to Barton, and lucky to win a few League Titles & Cups along the way. Being picked for the Devon Minor Counties side was a real highlight, playing with Keith Donohue, Kevin Rice, Nick Folland & Nick Gaywood was a real honour.
Captaining the Devon County Seniors 1st XI is something I am thrilled to do & will give it my very best effort. I see it as enjoyment first & playing with a smile and a laugh, though competitive. With a big joint effort from everyone & some good organisation from me, we can do very well. Seniors cricket is a TEAM GAME, so come on guys, get yourselves available as much as you can, and let's see what we can do.
Looking forward to it!"
PETER LUCKETTI (Captain)
15, Pottery Road,
Devon TQ13 9DS