Exmouth skipper wants to see side mount Tolchards League title bid
PUBLISHED: 08:08 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:08 04 May 2018
Exmouth captain Richard Baggs can see a title-winning season on the horizon if his side knuckle down, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.
Exmouth last won the Premier title in 2013 when Sandy Allen, Seb Benton and David Lye all topped 500 runs and Trevor Anning and Gary Chappell combined to take 61 wickets.
Only Allen and Lye remain of that side, which finished 14 points ahead of Sidmouth.
Baggs, at 44, knows his time is short to add another Premier title to his collection. He has ten already – seven with Exmouth, three with Sandford – and his appetite for silverware shows no bounds.
The old warhorse is far too canny to stick his neck out and predict a title, but it’s clear he has confidence in the squad he has assembled over the winter.
“At full strength, with everyone available, I would be disappointed if we did not win the title,” said Baggs.
“When everyone is available we have five seamers and four spinners – no one else has an attack like that.
“I can see myself batting at eight or nine – that’s never happened before – as there are that many batsmen better than me.
“Everyone is keen and eager and buzzing for the new season to start.”
The squad Baggs has put together benefits from the re-recruitment of old boys Andy Buzza (Bradninch) and Miles Lenygon (Exeter) and Combined Services batsman Peter Turnbull.
Buzza and Lenygon are batters with wicket-taking spells in their repertoire.
Baggs described 28-year-old Turnbull as a ‘bowling all-rounder’, although that may be open to interpretation.
Turnbull certainly gets batsmen out – 31 wickets at 31 each in First Class cricket while at Cambridge – but he can bat as well.
When Notts had a look at Turnbull in a 2nd XI game against Leicestershire in 2011, he scored 114. Surprisingly, Notts didn’t look at him again!
Turnbull went through the Staffordshire youth system before having a spell in the Derbyshire Academy.
He was in the Cambridge University squad for four years and appeared for the MCC Combined Universities side too.
Turnbull played a handful of Minor Counties games for Suffolk in 2009 and 2010.
Exmouth have also signed University of Exeter seamer Ben Twine, who went through the Sussex age groups.
Exmouth open the season at home to Heathcoat.