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With the season finishing on a disappointing note it should however, be remembered that we did have a very successful season and quite honestly should have finished second in our group which is no mean achievement.
However, that wasn’t to be and the weather and injuries were incredibly unkind to us during the season and especially during the play-offs.
I know that playing a game almost every week meant that we had a club-like spirit but with some players aging I am afraid that injuries really took it toll and I don’t think we ever put the same side out the following week.
However, there were many pluses to the season with an incredible 21 players being involved and congratulations to Julian Page for most runs, Bob Eames - best batting average, Nick Rogers – most wickets and best average.
For me some of the outstanding moments of the season was Dave Gambie returning to the side and taking 12 wickets at an incredible average of 18.25. You’re never too old.
Some of the catches and stumping’s during the season were outrageous and especially the catching at Shobrooke Park against Oxfordshire.
For me this is my last season as Captain of Devon Seniors Over 60’s 1st XV and I would like to thank all of you for making it a very enjoyable and successful season. This means that we will need to look for a new Captain for next season and I’m sure that that person will be someone from the current side and I would be grateful if you would all give this some consideration in readiness for the AGM and annual dinner in November.
I hope you all winter well and look forward to seeing most of you if not all of you at the dinner.
Most importantly can I thank Danny Daniels our regular umpire and Geoff Coish our scorer. Without you we simply couldn’t operate and you played a huge part in a successful season.
With kind regards
Photos of Devon Over 60’s v Australia Over 60’s at Thorverton CC on June 11th are available in the Club Archive
The Over 60’s 1st XI looks forward to another successful season following three or four seasons when we have either finished first or second in our group and qualified for the National Championship play-offs. The squad of players likely to be used for this season all of whom have played in 2014 will be:-
C Theedom (capt), R Eames (vice capt), R Newing, N Rogers, S Lott, P Whitby, N Ashplant, M Canning,
F Pyle, D Amery, D Gambie, T Stanton, R Coe, R Cavendish, T Overthrow, P Rose, P Druce.
We also hope to have available this season Julian Page who played 50s cricket last year and also for part of the season John Rogers who previously played over 50s cricket for a number of seasons.
Nigel Mountford will also be available for over 60s cricket having played 50s cricket last year and hopefully a number of the current second XI squad will progress to the 60s during the season. No player at Over 60s level is overlooked and I will be watching some of the games and speaking to the 2nd XI Captain Pete Shephard on a weekly basis for reports on his games. 60s cricket is an incredibly enjoyable experience. Not only is it competitive but we make so many friends within the other counties and I’m sure that the 2015 season will be no exception.
Our minimum aim is to qualify for the play-offs and ultimately to progress to the final and win the national competition.
We have been close in previous seasons but clearly much improvement is needed.
I hope you all have a very competitive and enjoyable season.
I look forward to meeting you all at the first pre-season trial game at Bovey Tracey on Thursday 23rd April 2014 with the first competitive game on Tuesday 28th April at Exmouth Cricket Club against Somerset with a 1.30 start.
Seniors O'60s 1st XI 2015
Seniors O'60s 1st XI 2013
OVER 60s 1st XI CAPTAIN - Nick Rogers
A Dairy Farmer by profession Nick moved to Devon from Oxfordshire in 1986. He joined Hatherleigh CC and was part of the successful side that progressed through the leagues to the premier division and won the Devon Senior Cup. He has played in excess of 500 Devon league games for the club and is currently Chairman.
Nick became the Chairman of the Devon Cricket League in November 2017 and has some firm ideas for the greater co-operation between the DCL, DCB and DCSCC in promoting cricket to a wider audience.
This is Nick's second spell in charge of a Seniors side having previously captained the over 50's 1st XI for two seasons.
As we approach the season ahead Nick looks forward to continuing to work with captain Dave Amery, captain of the 60’s 2nd X1, to try to continue to develop what is already a thriving seniors section. The objective will be to create an environment where like- minded individuals can really enjoy their cricket, express their talent and perform. If this can be achieved then success will follow for both sides.