Maer men sign two - more to come?

PUBLISHED: 18:08 31 October 2012

cricket

cricket

Archant

EXMOUTH have started squad strengthening for the 2013 season as they aim to go one better than runners-up in the Premier Division this year, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Former Devon wicketkeeper-batsman and vice-captain Sandy Allen has made the short trip up the coast from Budleigh Salterton to the Maer Ground.

Allen was captain at Ottermouth, but gave the job up two years ago due to work commitments, which limited him to just a handful of games in 2011 and none at all in 2012.

Exmouth already have a couple of wicketkeepers with Rhys Davies the main one, and Allen says he is planning to play first and foremost as a batsman.

“I will be grazing in the outfield if Rhys is keeping, but if not I will go behind the stumps,” said Allen.

Lawrence Greenway stood in with the gloves last season on the occasions Davies wasn’t around. Joining Allen at Exmouth is last season’s Brixham captain Mark Orchard, who broke into the Devon team at the tail end of the county campaign and took six wickets on his debut. Orchard - known throughout cricket in Devon as Scrumpy - is a lively opening or first-change bowler who is no mug with a bat in his hand either. Leaving A Division Brixham is hard for Orchard as dad Barry is chairman at the club, where he has played since he could first pick up a bat.

“It is time to move on and keep on improving,” said Orchard.

Exmouth skipper Richard Baggs is delighted with his new signings - and hinted others may be on the way.

“Mark and Sandy are proven players who will make us stronger all round,” said Baggs. “We identified that we needed another batter and keeper as Rhys is only available in the second half of the season. To get Sandy on board covers two areas in one player. Also, we needed extra seam options and Mark is a fantastic young bowler who wants to progress and develop and felt he needed to move on.”

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 10:32

Lympstone ABCs Jack Silk,16 Yrs, 62kgs, is following in his younger brothers footsteps as he was successful at the ABA Youth Championships held at the TA Centre, South London at the weekend.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:33

Blues started the game brightly and took the lead after early pressure forced Exmouth to put the ball into their own net.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:31

Kilworthy on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, is the location for the Lamerton Point-to-Point fixture to be held on Sunday (March 26), writes Donna Harris.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:21

Most of the competitions this week have produced high scores which will no doubt lead to some adjusting of handicaps, writes John Bridgman.

Read more
Tue, 14:10

Local music teacher Kevin Hurst has retained the East Budleigh Blitz Chess Championship with a score of nine points.

Read more
Tue, 10:12

This has been an exceptionally busy week for our representative ladies with the Finals of the County Competitions together with inter-area finals of National competitions, writes Jude Latta.

Read more
Tue, 10:11

Exmouth Netball Club member Erin Humphries has been recognised for her sterling commitment to the sport of netball.

Read more
Tue, 10:11

Withycombe Under-14s were 19-12 winners when they met Sidmouth.

Read more
Tue, 10:10

Will Biddick and Byron Moorcroft each scored doubles at breezy and overcast Buckfastleigh on Sunday, writes Granville Taylor.

Read more
Tue, 10:09

Exeter City Football in the Community are launching a new Girls Football Development Centre in partnership with Exeter City Ladies Football Club, writes Richard Walsh.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications