We are delighted to welcome Mitch Pugh to Kensham Park.
So, what do we know about our new all-rounder? Well, he is 27 years old and lives in Torquay and, as a day job, he can be found at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital where he is a cardiac physiologist.
In ‘cricket speak’, Mitch is a right hand batsman and, as an all-rounder, he is also a seam bowler.
Mitch hails originally from Australia and he cut his teeth in the sport with Sydney-based Manly and, when he moved to these shores, he certainly made a mark for himself with Torquay Cricket Club.
So, what has, to date, been the cricketing highlight for our new man?
He is quick to reply:
“That would have to be winning a Grade Premiership and two Club Championships with Manly.”
“And then, when over here, I’d have to say winning the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division with Torquay – that was special!”
The flip side of a personal; cricketing ‘high’ is the ‘low’ and, to the question of what has been the low point so far, he says:
“Without doubt being relegated twice in three years with Torquay.”
With regard to any past experiences of Kensham Park, Mitch says:
“I’ve only played once at Kensham Park and got 95 and a few wickets, so have great memories of the ground.
I know Tim Piper as we played together a bit at Torquay and I know Gary Chappell from playing against him several times over the last few years.”
“I’m really looking forward to a change of scenery and starting fresh at a new club.
I’m looking forward to the challenge of trying to get promoted. I hope that the team can achieve promotion and do this by winning the league.
I hope that I can help everyone reach that goal.”
Bradninch 1st XI skipper Eliot Acton says:
“I am delighted that we have been able to recruit Mitch [Pugh].
He was our first-choice target and will make a huge difference to our promotion ambitions.
His stats speak for themselves and we have clearly signed one of the best all-rounders in Devon.
Hopefully, his signing will give us a platform to build from over the next two or three years.”
The skipper continued:
“Key to this is retaining our better players with Gary Chappell, Ross Acton and Tim Piper often finding themselves much sought after with various offers made to them.
However, I am delighted that all three continue to commit to us and want to be part of what we are trying to build.
Adding the quality of Mitch to that we already have hopefully signals our intent to have a real go at promotion again next season.
What’s more, these are exciting times off the field as well as on it for, with the complete renovation of our much loved, but a wee-bit tired clubhouse at Kensham Park, the coming season and indeed season’s really carry great excitement with them.”