The future of cricket at Whimple CC
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Cricket at Whimple CC will be played with a youthful smile on its face this summer, if the appointment of 19-year-old Cameron Kidd as 1st XI captain is anything to go by.
The Tolchards Devon League 'C' Division East side may have some tough competition - the 2nd XIs of Sidmouth, Exmouth and Exeter are all ranged against them - but Kidd is undismayed.
He says he first wants to create a happy side, giving promising young players a chance, and told the League website: "I'm excited to be leading the team and I believe we can compete well in our division."
Kidd is no 'new kid on the block' - he's been at Knowle Cross since he was eight, working his way up through the club.
He's been a first-team regular for several seasons and won the League's Young Player Of The Year award in 2018.
Two new faces playing under him in 2021 are all-rounder Will Greig and batsman Nathan Bright, who have joined from Bradninch and Alphington & Countess Wear respectively.
Meanwhile, another move to catch the eye this Spring is the return of batsman Dan Pyle to Premier Division Exmouth.
Pyle, who learned his cricket at Shobrooke Park and Blundell's School where he was 1st XI captain, left the Maer Ground for Tiverton Heathcoat two years ago.
He never quite produced the runs which his talent promised at Knightshayes, despite enjoying Tiverton's first-ever Championship season in 2019.
But Exmouth skipper Tim Piper revealed that Pyle was top of his list of possible additions for this season.
"It's great to have him back, as everyone knows how good he is as a batsman," Piper told the TDL site.
Pyle added: "Heathcoat is a great club, but I have not played to the standard I would have liked.
"I had some great times while I was at Exmouth, and I hope I can start enjoying my cricket again there."
The 2021 league season starts on Saturday, May 1, and, following last year's shortened round-robin/cup competition with no promotion/relegation, everyone is looking forward to a relatively 'normal' campaign, albeit with some clubhouse restrictions.