Ashburton honour West for 500th league wicket

Cap that! Marcus West (left) receives his 500-wicket club cap from chairman Nick Yabsley

ASHBURTON lifer Marcus West has been honoured with a special presentation after taking his 500thleague wicket for the club.

West went into last Saturday’s 2ndXI game against Plympton 3rdXI on 499 wickets. Jake Agnew was trapped lbw to become the 500thand by the end West had advanced to 502.

Marcus West - 500 wickets for Ashburton in a career spanning 29 seasonsAshburton have been playing Devon League cricket since 1985 and West is the first bowler to reach the 500-wicket landmark, although Chris Pascoe is well into the 400s.

To commemorate the landmark, West (44) is now the proud possessor of a club cap with 500 embroidered on each side.

Ashburton 2nd XI captain Nick Yabsley, who made his league debut in the same game skippered by Derek Owen as West back in 1991, made the presentation.

Ashburton were bowled out for 28 by Cornwood with West one of seven ducks.

"The game was over so quickly, we had a T20 friendly after to get both sides some game time,” said West.

“I opened up with Nick Yabsley and made 28.

“I am so proud to be part of such an amazing club and to have had the honour to play alongside so many great people. 

“The fact that I was playing alongside Nick and Jerry Crouch (now chairman) when I took my 500thwicket says it all as I played alongside them when I took my first as well.”

After 28 consecutive seasons of senior cricket, West is the first player to clock-up 500 victims in 1stand 2ndXI cricket. He accounted for 416 wickets at 20.14 in the 1st XI and has taken a further 86 in the 2nd XI where he now plays under the captaincy of his fellow opener from his debut, Nick Yabsley

West, first represented Ashburton as a colt, aged 11, but played for the under 18s, as this was the only age group that the club ran.

Sons A J and Kirkby have both turned out for the club, as has wife Chrissie.

Said Yabsley: “It is an absolute privilege to have played alongside Marcus from his very first ball. 

“His contributions to the club, both on and off the field are absolutely invaluable and being able to call on his experience for advice and guidance every weekend is of great help. 

“Congratulations Westy, and here’s to the next 500.”