Tolchards Devon League round-up: Exeter looking for a new skipper + Plymouth appoint Varcoe to replace Stein + Kingdon moving from Babbacombe to Stoke Gabriel
EXETER are looking for a new skipper following the resignation of Miles Lenygon.
Lenygon has been skipper for the past four seasons having taken over from Jon Tipper in 2014.
Exeter reached two Devon Cup finals under Lenygon, losing both to Sidmouth, The city side finished sixth, sixth, second and sixth during his captaincy.
Alex Barrow, the former Somerset batsman who joined Exeter in 2015, has been tipped as the new skipper.
Barrow is a former King’s Taunton school-mate of Barrow, who may be asked to take on the vice-captaincy.
“Nothing is decided yet,” said Barrow.
PLYMOUTH will have a new captain in place next season as Jon Varcoe has replaced Sam Stein.
Stein has been Plymouth captain for the past three seasons, but has missed large chunks of them due to injury.
The last thing Stein did was steer Plymouth to victory over Sidmouth on the final day of the Premier season, which meant they avoided relegation.
“After three years I thought it was time for someone else to have a go,” said Stein.
It’s all change in the second team too. Veteran Steve Luffman will lead the side, which had no official skipper in 2017 after Varcoe was shunted up to the 1st XI.
As Luffman was 1st XI wicket-keeper last season it seems Plymouth have a vacancy behind the stumps.
It would not be a surprise to see keeper Dan Robotham at Mount Wise next season.
Robotham went from Plympton to Plymstock via Tideford last season. A move to the Premier Division may appeal as Plymstock were relegated from the A to the B Division.
B DIVISION new boys Babbacombe are resigned to losing Andy Kingdon for their first season back at level three.
Kingdon joined Babbacombe from Premier side Bovey Tracey in 2013 as player-coach and was instrumental in the Torquay team’s climb up the league ladder.
Babbacombe had just been promoted from the old F Division as champions and, with Kingdon on board, went through the E and D Divisions one after the other.
Kigdon slammed 980 league runs at an average of 81.67 in the E Division-title winning season and took 27 wickets.
The runs (558) and wickets (22) continued in the D Division in 2014 but slowed in 2015 to 315 in the C Division.
Getting out of the C Division West proved harder, not helped by losing Kingdon for the entire 2016 season due to injury.
He was back in action last season for then Walls Hill outfit and made 548 league runs at 60.89 in the promotion-winning campaign.
Kingdon will be going down not up in 2018 as Stoke Gabriel were relegated from the C Division West at the end of last season.
Kingdon is switching clubs as he will be moving house shortly and Stoke Gabriel’s ground is closer to home.
Leaving Babbacombe after five years will be wrench for Kingdon, but he said he will remember his time there with affection.
“Babbacombe have done really well and I am proud to have been part of such a successful period for the club,” said Kingdon.