Jim Mardell (Tolchards) hands the Bob Bridges Trophy to young player of the year Sam Read<br>credit: Conrad Sutcliffe

CLYST St George player Sam Read was named young player of the year at the Tolchards Devon Cricket League’s annual general meeting.

Clyst's Chris Ferro takes the D Division East trophy from Jim MardellRead, who is 17 and attends the sixth form at Exeter School, had a run-glut of a season in for the villagers in the side that ran away with the D Division East.

In 16 games for the team Read slammed six centuries and three 50s on his way to 1,115 league runs at an average of 69.69. His top score was 167 in an opening stand of 252 with Chris Ferro (89) against Chardstock.

During a purple patch in June and July the young Clyst opener hit scores of 119 106, 148, 75, 122 and 63.

No wonder Premier clubs such as Exeter and Sandford have been asking Read what his plans are for next season?

It was a night to remember for Clyst as Ferro, standing in for absent captains, picked up the championship trophies for the D and F Divisions.

Jim Mardell, the managing director of league sponsors Tolchards Drinks, made all three presentations during the league's annual meeting and awards evening in Exeter.