So a new Tolchards Devon League season is ahead of us and we caught up with 1st XI skipper Tim Piper to find out his views on the new campaign which is launched on Saturday with the Kensham Park meeting with Lewdown.
First up we asked:
How happy are you with the squad going into the season?
“Happy indeed, the squad looking the strongest it has for some years at the moment. The players we’ve kept from last year, with the players we’ve added puts us in what I feel is a great position to achieve what we want to.”
Have you set a target for the season?
“Naturally, and the target for the club is to get both the 1st and 2nd teams promoted from their respective divisions.”
In terms of the A Division – who do you think present the greatest challenge to your team?
“I hear Budleigh have recruited hard and Plympton and Paignton are the other biggest dangers to us.”
How have you found Cameron (the Australian is the club’s overseas player for this season) so far?
“Cameron is a great lad with a positive attitude. Excellent to have such a good pace bowler in the team and I can’t wait to see what he can do for us this year.”
Are you setting yourself a target for personal contribution and will you be setting targets for the players?
“I am sure a lot of people will have their own personal targets but it’s not something everyone likes to do. I don’t have any set targets in terms of my personal numbers. Winning games is my main concern.”
Tim rounded off the interview by adding:
“It is also great that we have been able to make the late addition to the 1st XI of Lautaro (our Argentinian youngster who seems to have settled in very quickly), he’s a lovely lad and looks an exciting all-round cricketer.
“As for the season, bring it on, if we all work hard at our games and players show the sort of commitment I hope they do then I see no reason why both 1st and 2nd XIs cannot enjoy excellent campaigns. It’s time now for the talking to stop and the action to begin and the best place from now to do our talking is out in the middle.”