What did we make of the first weekend of action for the club?
The records will show that there was a win for the 1st XI and a defeat for the 2nds.
In terms of the bigger picture we were treated to splendid half-centuries from 1st XI skipper Dan Hardy and the new 1st XI player-coach Luandre van Wyke – the latter making a big statement early in his Kensham Park career and the South African has also made a big impression in the pre-season nets, both indoor and that first outdoor session in the midweek before the first weekend of action.
There was also a four-wicket haul from the evergreen Paul Nott who continues to defy his age – he’s set to play a second season in the Devon Over-50s in 2015 – and yet he continues to make big statements with the ball that suggest he is going to be part of then senior side for many more campaigns yet!
Another feature of the performance at Exmouth was some splendid ground fielding and there was just the one miss-field all afternoon! There was also a stunning catch held by skipper Dan Hardy.
In terms of other highlights at the Maer ground – it would be wrong not to mention the enormous contribution of one of our former players – Gary Chappell – with his opening day half-century and four-wicket haul.
We were treated to an impressive debut from former Exmouth player Lawrence Greenway who contributed both with the bat and his off-spin. Devon Under-17 player Josh Cann took what will no doubt the first of many catches behind and there was a wicket for 16-year-old Ryan Shrewsberry, aided by that aforementioned stunning catch by the skipper. The latter also put a chance down – underlining that even the very best of the players can make a bloomer!
One other thing to mention from the Maer ground action was the debut of Abdul Zaffar who settled in very quickly to his new team and brought a big smile to team mates on more than one occasion. Abdul, along with our other new player – WELCOME TO KENSHAM PARK.
As for the 2nd XI, skipper Chris Acton did just what was expected to come from him in the team this season as he led from the front with a top score of 42 and he shuffled his bowling pack around to good effect.
Mark Ashplant and Will Birley were the two 2nd XI bowlers to deliver maiden overs at Ashbrittle and both were able to return economy of sub four runs per over.
There was a good return to action for Rob Acton who seems to have recovered well from his eye woes as he held a catch, turned his arm over and also hit the team’s second highest score whilst putting on a 60-run partnership with brother Chris.
Yes, all in all the first weekend of the new season in terms of the warm-up action can be considered a success.