Just days to go now before the start of the 2015 Devon League season. So what about the campaign we had at Kensham Park ten years ago?
The 2005 season saw the 1st XI start life in the A Division following their B Division title success in 2004 – the top honour being landed by a dozen points from Shobrooke Park. The new season – and life in the higher division – began with a May 7 home meeting with Cornwood.
The 2nd XI began the season with a May 7 trip to Upottery to open their D Division East 2nd XI campaign.
So how had the teams fared the year before heading into the 2005 season? The senior side had finished as champions of the B Division in a season that saw Tim Piper score 628 runs whilst others to make big contributions with the bat came from; Gary Newall (548), Chris Acton (489), Joel Murphy (303) and Gary Chappell 241.
Two centuries were scored; the top one was also the highest in the division for the season, that the unbeaten 136 scored by Tim Piper against Thorverton and there was also a ton from Gary Newall who struck 105 against Plymouth. The 2004 season also saw a stunning 179 opening wicket partnership between Chris Acton and Gary Newall in the meeting with Barnstaple
In terms of 1st XI bowling it was Joel Murphy who completed a terrific all-round season as he claimed 56 wickets. Murphy had a seven wicket haul (7-26) v Alphington and he also took 6-27 against Babbacombe. Andy Nichols bagged 6-47 against Bideford. The one other bowler to feature in the end of season listings was Andy Nichols with his 35 wickets.
The 2nd XI season saw Rob Acton top-scoring with 558 runs whilst others to feature with the willow were; Eliot Acton (288), Pete Hardy (281), Chris Dean (249), Nat Davey (225). The bowling honours were led by Luke Wrightson who topped the whole divisional rankings with 30 wickets. Other bowlers to enjoy success were Les Kent with 19 wickets, Craig Hawkins with 18 and Eliot Acton with 15.