Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Exmouth’s Maer ground home will stage a three-day Minor Counties match this coming season.
They will play host to the Devon versus Wiltshire clash which is scheduled for July 21, 22 and 23.
There will also be Minor Counties action at both Sidmouth and Exeter with Exeter staging the Devon and Cornwall clash on June 9, 10 and 11 whilst Sidmouth will play host to Devon versus Oxfordshire on August 18, 19 and 20.
One-day KO games will be staged against Oxfordshire at Bovey Tracey and Hertfordshire at North Devon.
If Devon progress past the group stages in the cup they will use Exmouth and Sidmouth for quarter and semi-final matches.
Torquay was dropped from the three-day fixture list last season, although a Devon Lions development match against Cardiff MCCU one-day game was played there.
Devon are likely to make Torquay the same offer again in 2012, once the First Class sides have finalised their fixture lists and are ready to talk about 2nd XI matches.
“Torquay will be asked to do a Lions game again,” confirmed Devon’s chief executive Neil Gamble.
“The problem remains the quality of their wicket, which was marked down again in last summer’s Premier Division games, although it was OK for the Cardiff MCCCU fixture.
As soon as the standard rises we shall go back for a Championship match.”
Devon started using the Recreation Ground in 1932 when Surrey 2nd XI were the visitors.
Since 1946 Torquay was used virtually every year by Devon – and some seasons more than once.
Devon’s last game at Torquay was in 2011 when they defeated Cheshire in a low-scoring game.
Devon’s cricketers will be visiting two new venues this season: Dunstable and Usk. They face Bedfordshire in the KO Cup at Dunstable and Wales at Usk.
Herefordshire are taking Devon to Colwall again – a regular venue over the years – while Cheshire await at Bowdon.
Devon’s last visit to Bowdon was in 1999 when a two-day game ended in a draw.
The full list of Devon’s Minor Counties fixtures for 2012 is: June 9-11: Cornwall, Exeter; June 23-25: Wales, Usk; July 7-9: Herefordshire, Colwall. July 21-23: Wiltshire, Exmouth; August 4-6: Cheshire, Bowden; August 18-20: Oxfordshire, Sidmouth. September 8-11: play-off final, away (all with 11am starts).
In the Minor Counties KO Cup the Devon fixtures are; April 21: Oxfordshire, Bovey Tracey; May 6: Hertfordshire, North Devon; May 19: Cornwall, Redruth; June 2: Bedfordshire, Dunstable. June 16: quarter-final, Exmouth; June 30: semi-final, Sidmouth (again 11am starts in all cases).