BCC chairman Derrick Foan’s opening in the soon-to-be-published 125th anniversary year book is worth a read, A lot of local business folk have contributed to the production by taking adverts in what is set to be a must-have for all BCC followers.
The chairman writes:
Our 125th anniversary is a notable milestone and although 1891 is beyond my recollection, I can go back 50 years and still remember attending my first AGM held in The Olde White Lion and chaired by Bill Andress (Eddie’s Dad). Taking the Chairman’s role myself in our Centenary year, the last 25 years have seen the club come of age and we can be proud of what we have achieved.
We shared a seesaw journey, hopping between the ‘B’ and ‘A’ Divisions through the 1990s, before dropping to ‘C’ after a difficult campaign in 2000. However, 2001 became a formative year as we reinvented our brand of cricket, benefiting from a hugely talented junior section who flourished year on year, as we moved back up the divisions and achieved Premier in 2009.
The desire to return to the top flight has never been stronger, having dropped back to the ‘A’ Division in 2014, with 5 years’ experience competing in the upper echelon of Devon cricket. After two promising but ultimately unsuccessful campaigns, we have regrouped under the leadership of Tim Piper, with a strong 1st XI squad boosted by the return of Gary Chappell and the arrival of Australian First Grade opening bowler, Cameron Suidgeest.
We are also looking forward to welcoming a young Argentinian international cricketer, Lautaro Musiani, who is returning to the UK having had a successful season for Great Oakley CC and Rugby School in 2015.
The 2nd XI will once again be captained by Chris Acton and with the talented Under 17s contingent keen to test their skills in the senior side, we expect to see some highly competitive cricket as we look to regain our place in the ‘A’ Division 2nd XI for 2017.
The same Under 17s will be taking to the field and making up the lion’s share of the Sunday XI under the captaincy of William Birley, as we embark on our first foray in to the South Devon Cricket League. William will also be at the helm for the new ECB Under-19 T20 competition, where we have been drawn in the Devon East group with Sidmouth, Exeter and Ottery St Mary.
The jewel in the crown for the 2016 season, is the newly invigorated Junior Section, in the very safe hands of Natalie Hunt working alongside Chris Piper to deliver the full programme of EDYCL fixtures, with Dave Bunker and a strong team of coach support workers running the Friday evening practice sessions.
The eagerly awaited new double net bay is in place, complementing the panoramic view and adding to the wonderful array of facilities on offer for players and supporters alike. There are many events planned for this special anniversary year and in support of all our volunteers and the growing number of young families involved in our Junior Section, the bar will be open and we will be serving food every Friday evening from the 22nd April.