Established 1891

Chairman speaks on new appointments

Chairman Derrick Foan says of the Club’s announcement to the press:

“Having just missed out on promotion on the ‘home run’ last season, we are looking to hit the ground running with a rejuvenated squad of committed players.

We have a new 1st XI Captain in Danny Hardy, with Will Greig as his Vice Captain. This provides both continuity and quality at the helm and preparations for the season are moving on at a pace.

We have signed South African all rounder Luandre Van Wyk, who played for Sandford last season, as senior player/coach and we are very excited to have attracted someone who has such an obvious love and a passion for the game.

Luandre has a CSA Level 2 coaching qualification and nine years coaching experience at home and abroad in the UK and Australia.

We have also signed Josh Cann from Feniton, as wicket keeper/batsman and it is equally exciting to be able to offer ‘A’ Division cricket to one of Devon’s stars of the future. Josh, who will be 17 in March, is a right-handed bat who made his debut for Devon Under 15s in 2013 and played at Under 16/17 level last year, confirming his talent with a 115-ball 78 in the post tea session for Devon Under-17s versus Worcestershire at Kidderminster.

Further signings are imminent and with the hugely successful ex-1st XI Captain, Chris Acton, taking the 2nd XI Captain’s role there will be healthy competition for places and some serious cricket to look forward to, as he looks to lead the 2nd XI back to the ‘A’ Division and beyond.”

He continued:

“We have a strong Under-17s led by Will Birley and our junior section coach, Steve Rowe, and we are looking to employ a second junior coach to join him and help with our Under 11s and 13s. Anyone interested can ring Steve on 07999 033030 for an introduction, before meeting with club management to discuss terms and conditions.”

He concluded:

“There is a tangible buzz in the club as players old and new sign up to helping the club back to Premier, with indoor nets starting at the end of January. New players are always welcome and both Danny (07805 312648) and Chris (07856 722436) would be pleased to take a call from anyone interested in joining us for the 2015 season.”