By CONRAD SUTCLIFFE
VETERAN all-rounder Derek Perry completed a notable treble at Bovey Tracey CC’s end-of-season awards party.
Perry, who turned 53 shortly after the end of the 2019 season, was batsman bowler and players’ player of the year in the Bovey Tracey 2nd XI.
The amiable New Zealander hit five half-centuries in a season’s total of 505 at an average of 31.56. Perry picked up 27 league wickets for in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League B Division at an average of 18.52. His best performance was a five-for-35 haul against Brixham.
It was no surprise to anyone in the Bovey pavilion for the presentations that Perry scooped the players’ player award as well.
Perry made his Devon League debut back in 1986 aged 19 for the long-defunct Galmpton team and in three seasons with the club made nearly 2,000 runs.
Bovey Tracey 2nd XI, appearing in at level three in the league for the first time, finished fourth in the table of ten thanks largely to a six-game winning streak in mid-season.
One to watch for the future is 15 year old Sam Russell, who scored 275 runs in just 10 innings for the 2nd XI, including two half centuries.
Russell, who toured South Africa with Devon U15s in February, turned out in the 1st, 2nd 3rd XI and under-19 XIs during the course of the season, accumulating more than 500 runs and winning the cup for the club’s leading run maker.
First team stalwart Peter Bradley was a double-winner, taking home the batter of the year award for his 389 league runs. Bradley was also players’ player.
Hugo Whitlock was named bowler of the season for taking 30 Premier wickets at less than 18 runs each. It was the Devon paceman’s first full season after two summers on the injury list.
Bovey Tracey 1st XI flirted with relegation from the halfway stage onwards, but did enough on the last day of the season by beating Plymouth to ensure survival.
The 3rd XI survived a tough first season after promotion into the E Division West.
Strong bowling performances, led by Ollie Briddock and Ben Key, kept Bovey out of harm’s way.
The team said fond farewells to batsman Richard Wyatt-Haines, who retired at the end of the season after more than a decade assisting Bovey’s 2nd and 3rd XI.
Play-cricket.com, the ECB’s recreational cricket archive, has Wyatt-Haines listed for 87 league games in 11 seasons and more than 1,600 runs scored.
Bovey Tracey’s 4th XI put a hesitant start to the season behind them to win promotion from the H Division West of the Tolchards Devon League.
A team containing five players under the age of 18 were bowled out for 46 on day one by eventual champions South Brent.
As the youngsters became accustomed to adult cricket, the team won five times on the trot and went on to finish third in the table.
The batting was led by Paul Scott, who smashed 481 runs at an average of 80.17, which included bludgeoning 146 not against Shaldon from just 93 balls.
Thirteen-year-old Jack Ansley took 14 wickets at just 13.14 to claim bowler of the season. Harry Pitman – 11 wickets and a maiden league century – was players’ player.
Pitman, Kay and Russell and all featured prominently in colts’ sides competing in the Wollens South Devon Youth League.
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Senior sides, 1st XI: Best batter: Peter Bradley; bowler: Hugo Whitlock; player’s player: Peter Bradley.
2nd XI: Best batter: Derek Perry; bowler: Derek Perry; player’s player: Derek Perry.
3rd XI: Best batter: Joe Forey; bowler: Ben Kay; player’s player: Ollie Briddock. young player of the year: Sam Harvey.
4th XI: Best batter: Paul Scott; bowler: Jack Ansley; player’s player: Harry Pitman; young player of the year: Ryan Jones.
Highest aggregate of runs: Sam Russell; highest score shield: Paul Scott; most-improved player: Olly Clifford-Bourne; club person of the year: Tina England.
Youth awards, U10: Best batter: Josh Webber; Bowler: Gethin Williams; all-rounder: Albie Bradley; players’ player: Sam Racey; manager’s player: James Partridge.
U12: Best batter: Harry Bannister; Bowler: George Vatcher; All-rounder: Ethan Lee; Players’ player: Sam Field & Ethan Scott; Manager’s player: Henry Greet.
U13: Best batter: Josh Hill; Bowler: Jack Ansley; All-rounder: Jacob Forey; Players’ player: Josh Hill; Manager’s player: Tom Mortimore.
U13 Girls: Best batter: Lauren Ellis; Bowler: Abbie Lockett; All-rounder: Lily Colwill; Players’ player: Lily Colwill; Manager’s player: Tori Partridge.
U15: Best batter: Harry Pitman; Bowler: Jack Ansley; All-rounder: Ryan Jones; Players’ player: Sam Harvey; Manager’s player: Shawna Ball.
U15 Girls: Best batter: Hazel Bourne; Bowler: Jess de Ville; All-rounder: Issy Scott; Players’ player: Hannah Ulvede; Manager’s player: Lorna Martin.
U19: Best batter: Ashley Causey; Bowler: Ollie Briddock; All-rounder: Archie Christophers; Players’ player: Chris Yabsley; Manager’s player: George Pitman.
Colts Club Awards: U13 colt of promise: Jack Ansley; cricketer of promise: Sam Harvey; most-improved colt: Harry Pitman; best bowling performance: Ben Kay.