Now Thompson and Petherbridge join exodus out of Torquay
TORQUAY have been rocked by two more departures just days after skipper Justin Yau and vice-captain Nick Watkin announced their were leaving the club.
Bating all-rounder Joe Thompson, who made his Minor Counties debut for Devon last season, has confirmed he is on his way too.
Thompson, like Yau, lives and works in Bristol and commutes back to his home town to play for Torquay.
Like Yau he has no definite plans for next season, other than he won’t be with Torquay.
“I have not plans yet and will be looking around Bristol or Devon, like Justin,” said 28 year old Thompson.
“Whether I’ll do the same as him I have no idea.
“I want a new challenge and want to enjoy cricket again.”
Also on the way out is left-arm spinner Matt Petherbridge, who is currently playing in Australia for North Kalgoorie CC in Western Australia.
“Matt has had a few clubs on to him but is concentrating on playing in Australia at the moment,” said dad David, the former Cornwood all-rounder.
Petherbridge, who was 18 last month, lives in Plymouth and will inevitably attract attention from the city side and others in the area.
Thompson and Yau are already being linked with Torquay’s Premier rivals Bradninch.
Gary Chappell, the Bradninch skipper, is clearly aware of the situation at Torquay but is playing his cards close to his chest.
“We haven’t signed anyone yet, but are approaching a few guys around the county,” said Chappell.
Bradninch have room for a signing or two following the exit of Andy Buzza back to Exmouth.