Exmouth CC chairman speaks about the season ahead

PUBLISHED: 19:32 18 April 2018

Exmouth CC Pavilion

Exmouth CC Pavilion

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Exmouth Cricket Club chairman Mark Davies is relishing the coming season, which will see the Maer men field three teams in the Tolchards Devon League.

The club have been forced to cancel a pre-season game this coming Saturday at Bradninch 2nds, but that will not affect the club fielding three teams this league season.

Davies explained saying: “To be honest, and I know we are not alone, this incessant wet weather over the past six to eight weeks has left so many cricketing folk feeling so ‘un-cricket’ like. I have never known lethargy like it, but then it is perfectly understandable.”

He continued: “This time last year we had been enjoying sunshine and dry weather and that helped to foster interests and excitement about the season, but, 12 months on, we have clearly suffered a setback with the long soggy months since the turn of the year.”

On the pitch, Davies is looking forward to the campaign ahead, but he has some caution with regard to where some clubs might be heading in terms of balancing the books.

He says: “I am determined that we should put the club first before any overriding desire to be ‘top of the tree’; I am determined that we shall ensure the club’s infrastructure is sound and we have a club here for all to enjoy in years to come.

“I do feel that we have a good set-up where cricketers can enjoy their sport in pleasant surroundings and long may that continue. We have suffered storm damage during the winter, which all bites into club finances.

“However, one thing I am sure of is that, at least under my watch as chairman, I’ll not have the club putting its very being under pressure in the pursuit of playing glory. We are going to continue to nurture young talent and develop our colts to become the senior players of tomorrow whilst also hoping that the facilities we can offer at the Maer ground will also continue to attract a good quality of cricketer.”

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