Budleigh skipper looks ahead to new Tolchards Devon League season

PUBLISHED: 11:15 28 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:15 28 April 2015

Budleigh take another Exmouth wicket at the Maer on Saturday. Ref exsp 4378-18-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Budleigh take another Exmouth wicket at the Maer on Saturday. Ref exsp 4378-18-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Budleigh CC head into a new Tolchards Devon League season with a much changed side fro the eleven that contested the 2014 campaign.

The Ottermouth men will again battle it out as one of the leading teams in the A Division and they go into the campaign with a new man at the helm following the appointment of Lloyd White as skipper.

The new man in charge says: “My main ambition as captain is a top four berth and, from that, hopefully, making a real push for promotion back to the Premier Division. Having lost the likes of, James Burke, Ben Phillips, Neil Murrin Jack Dart and Luke Petersen, it means all change at the club. We have brought in three players who have all previously played for the club in the shape of Andy Procter, Robbie Newman and Sam Richardson. We also have signed an overseas who we hope will be here by the coming weekend – fingers crossed! Another plus is that Rob Craze is back on board for the first half of the season and university players, Harry Parkin and Elliot Rice, will be travelling back to play at the weekends.

“One thing is clear to me and that is that we all, as players at Budleigh CC, need to work on applying ourselves better for big game situations and ensuring our concentration throughout the entire game does not slip. In my opinion we are a good enough side on paper to play Premier cricket. However, a real lack of application in the past has let us slip out of the top flight and that’s where I want this club to return to. We showed last season, albeit in patches, when we beat Sidmouth and Heathcoat in T20 cricket and narrowly losing to Exmouth, that we can compete with the big guns. With similar application, team spirit and focus, we can compete in the longer format too.”

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