Exmouth CC scorebox a fitting memorial to a wonderful man

PUBLISHED: 19:05 16 June 2010 | UPDATED: 19:05 16 June 2010

THE scorebox on Exmouth’s ground has undergone a £7,000 facelift as a memorial to a late member of the club, writes Conrad Sutcliffe John Tozer turned out for Exmouth for more than 25 years, from the early 1960s to the mid 1980s. He was a prolific batsman- twice in the early 1970s he topped 1,500 runs in the season - and in 1973 registered five centuries for the 1st XI. Mr Tozer went into administration when he retired as a player and served as Devon’s treasurer from 1997-2008. He died in February 2008. For someone who amassed so many runs, it is, perhaps, appropriate that the scores of Tozer’s latter-day successors are now recorded in a hi-tech way. It took more than two years to raise the cash to replace the old numbers board. The scoreboard was installed over two days by Visionworx and has state-of-the-art electronics, which can be extended to accommodate new facilities, if needed, in the future. The £7,000 cost of the board has been met with generous grant from Devon CCC, who play many of their games at the Maer Ground. Individual members of the county and Exmouth clubs have also donated. The board was formally opened during the one-day match between Devon and Hertfordshire at Exmouth on Sunday. Rachel Tozer, John’s daughter, is Devon’s and Exmouth’s 1st XI scorer and is among those to benefit from the new installation. Exmouth chairman Peter Langford, who scores for the 2nd XI, thanked everyone who had donated to the project. The new scoreboard meant Devon supporters were well informed about the Minor Counties Cup game against Hertfordshire, which was lost by 26 runs. Herfordshire were bowled out for 192 in the 50-over match - Sidmouth’s Josh Bess taking five for 35 - only for Devon to subside to 166 all out in reply. Exmouth pair Sandy Allen and Trevor Anning, batting on their home wicket, had got Devon back into the game, but both were dismissed leg before wicket, Allen for 25 and Anning for 21.

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