Exmouth to field a third XI in 2018 Tolchards Devon League

PUBLISHED: 12:51 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:51 30 November 2017

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End-of-season awards were handed out at the Tolchards Devon Cricket League annual meeting, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Steve Mardell, from Newton Abbot-based drinks firm Tolchards, who sponsor the competition, was there to hand out the awards.

It was the first get-together of clubs since the death of league chairman Stuart Munday in May this year.

New chairman Nick Rogers, who has played for Hatherleigh, was nominated by a selection panel for the job last month. His appointment was ratified without dissent by the meeting,

Rogers told the meeting Munday would be a hard act to follow, but he is relishing the challenge.

“Stuart put in a huge effort into the Devon Cricket League, the county club and the David Shepherd Cricket Trust and will be irreplaceable,” said Rogers.

“The executive recognised the workload needed to be shared and jobs such as fundraising have been delegated to people well qualified to do it.

“Friends persuaded me being chairman of the DCL is something I would enjoy.

“I consider it an honour and a privilege to be chairman of an organisation that does so much for a sport I feel passionate about.”

Member clubs heard the league was in a healthy state financially and made a surplus of £5,280 in the last accounting period. Subscriptions will remain at 2017 levels next year.

Four new teams were elected to the league for 2018: Cheriton Fitzpaine, Lustleigh, Babbacombe 3rd XI and Exmouth 3rd XI.

A number of teams have pulled out, among them Chagford 3rd XI, Lewdown 2nd XI and Ottery 3rd XI. Sampford Peverell and Tiverton have merged.

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