Exmouth Cricket Club has new chairman in place as new season gets under way

PUBLISHED: 16:39 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:39 21 April 2017

Looking out from a cricket scorers position

Looking out from a cricket scorers position

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Exmouth Cricket Club has a new chairman in place as the new season gets under way.

Pressure of work has led to Ashton Collinge standing down for the role of club chairman and the new man at the helm is Mark Davies.

Mark is no stranger to all things the Maer ground for he was first introduced to the cricket club by his grandfather Fred Ley at the tender age of four!

Mark has been involved with the club for the last 15 years and, more recently, served as the chairman of cricket.

So how does the new man feel about his new position. He says: “There really were not that many folk stepping forward and so I figured I’d give it a go. I have the club at heart and someone has to take the helm!”

He continued: “I think we must first place on record our thanks from across the club to Ashton [Collinge] for his service to the club. He is still going to be around and so will not be totally lost to us. However, work commitments meant that he would not be able to give the time to the chairman’s role that is required.”

As for a new Tolchards Devon League season, the new chairman says: “We have not got an overseas this season, but then we do have a good mix of experience and youth. We have certainly been boosted with the return of the talented Chris Metters who is not going to be able to play every game, but will be with us for the larger part of the league games. We also have the talented Billy Rudolph on board from Ottery St Mary and, with the old guard still going strong and of course other talented younger players like Fin marks and Dan Pyle, I am sure we will be OK.”

As well as their 1st XI in the Tolchards League top flight, the Maer men will field a 2nd XI in the Premier Division of the 2nd XI competition.

Davies says: “I fancy that the nucleus of the 2nd XI will be last year’s mighty successful Under-16 team. The younger lads are ready to step up and the future of the club in terms of younger players coming through looks very rosy.”

There is one area of concern for the Exmouth chairman though, who alluded to it saying: “The third team is a worry, but then I am sure we will not be alone and, ideally, we’d recruit a few more players to help with the third eleven.”

Exmouth can offer cricket to all ages and abilities and if there are any local folk – maybe new to the area – who want to get involved with the club then they are invited to get along to the Maer ground each Wednesday evening when, from 6pm, players and officials will be there for the regular senior nets.

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