BRIXHAM CRICKET CLUB

FOUNDED MARCH 6th 1934
Grounds:
Astley Park (1934-35)
Northfields Lane (1936-2008)
North Boundary Road (2009-)
Colours:
Navy Blue and Light Blue
Twenty/20
Brixham Lions
Emblem:
Blue rampant lion with red tongue
and talons above a gold ribbon with
the insignia
'JE MEINTIENDRAY'

which is medieval Dutch for 'I WILL MAINTAIN' which William Prince of Orange declared on landing in Brixham on November 5th 1688 when he claimed "I will maintain the liberties of England and the Protestant Religion"

PRESIDENT
John Pepper

CHAIRMAN
Barry Orchard

SECRETARY
Phil Gregory

TREASURER
Paul Thomas

CLUB CAPTAIN
Wes Fowler

LOOKING FORWARD TO
THE NEW SEASON

Brixham Cricket Club is looking forward to the 2014 season with tremendous excitement. With Devon legend, Andy Pugh, installed as captain, the Club is now attracting further players with the intention of mounting a real challenge for promotion into the Premiership.

Mark Orchard (Devon player and the skipper when Brixham narrowly missed out on promotion in 2012) has returned after winning the Premiership with Exmouth. His batting has matured after some valuable innings under pressure and, now fit and injury free, he is raring to bowl at full pace again on the hard and bouncy Brixham wicket.

The Club has secured the services of Jordan Gregory as their overseas player. A top order batsman, who also bowls left arm spin, he has played his cricket for Bera Rovers and Futura Sports in South Africa and is very keen to add a successful season in England to his already impressive CV. They have also recruited Rory McDonald a useful South African all-rounder with a British passport, from the Futura Sports Academy that toured the UK for the 'Last Man Stands' World Championships last year.

Andrew Lewin, Brixham's veteran batsman who topped the A Division batting averages in 2013, had intended to retire to the golf course, but the exciting prospect of playing in a really strong Brixham side and pushing for promotion has proved too tempting. The former Leicestershire 2nd XI player (back in the 1980s when David Gower, Jonathan Agnew, James Whitaker and Peter Willey played for the county) once played against Andy Pugh for the MCC v Minor Counties at Lord's. He says, "The chance to have another season of competitive cricket has proved too much and I am really looking forward to playing alongside Pughy and so many other talented players. If I can do my bit and even average my age, then that would be fantastic".

Another player lured out of retirement is Gary Spencer, an evergreen left arm spinner. He has played for Brixham before and he adds yet more valuable experience to the team.

The senior players will be more than supported by some talented younger players all of whom are seasoned Brixham campaigners. George Northcott will be looking to build on the impressive season he had opening the batting with some even more commanding scores. Craig Eves will return after spending the early part of the season at University to add firepower to the bowling and the middle order. He was very instrumental in keeping Brixham in the A Division with 22 wickets and should be looking for more, much deserved, recognition from the Devon County set up.

The Club looks like it will enjoy plenty of strength in depth and healthy competition for 1st Team places and a strong 2nd Team. Jo Hyde, Paul Heath, Simon Caunter, Chris Sleep, Josh Newman and a number of other talented players will bring a great deal of competition to the Club.

This is a really exciting time for the Club. The foundations are in place for us to realise our potential. We have a fantastic ground, great facilities and now there is a genuine buzz on the playing side. There is a real sense of expectation surrounding Pughy and what he can bring back to the Club. We have talent, experience and youthful exuberance - a real recipe for success.

North Boundary Road is going to be an exciting place to be this season and perhaps quite intimidating for the opposition. The relatively new ground has really settled now and is a beautiful arena to play cricket on. Andy Pugh and his team are clearly going to be one of the front runners for promotion in 2014. Any players wishing to join the Club should contact the club on Brixham 01803 853836