PLYMOUTH & DISTRICT LEAGUE 2015 SEASON

The Plymouth and District League is one of Devon’s oldest cricket leagues formed in the 1929 season. 86 years later it still provides a blended mix of competitive league cricket with a social flavour. With a mixture of teams from the Devon League, old schoolboys, works and pubs, the midweek 20/20 format offers cricket to those unable play at weekends or to improve one’s scoring rate! The league numbers have fallen in recent years with just two leagues currently in place, nevertheless with ‘Get the Game On’ initiatives and an enthusiastic committee we are looking to reverse this trend. On this note we would like this opportunity to thank retiring League Secretary, Keith Strang, for his contribution over the last eight years.

This year saw a very open and competitive Senior division contest with a number of teams challenging for the title to the end of the season. Plymouth Civil Service and Roborough managed to hang on and take the title with Cornwood pushing them all the way. Newly promoted Hele School Old Boys found it tough in the higher league and should be commended for their persistent endeavours each week.

In the First division Lopes Arms completed a perfect season remaining unbeaten in their 12 games to win the title with consummate ease with Royal Mail/Police finishing runners up six points behind. Old Smithy were a welcome new addition to the league this year and succeeded in posting some good scores although generally missing out on points, nevertheless a good platform to build on for next season.

In the cup competition, Friary Vaults, after a slow start to the season improved throughout peaking at the end of the season with a cup final victory over the league champions in a well attended one sided finals evening at Yelverton. The 10 wicket margin saw Friar Vaults retain their grip on the trophy.

To complete the season, an inaugural challenge match was arranged at Yelverton between a P&D League and a Tamar League representative side with a collection of players across both divisions represented. The initiative to bring the like minded cricketing communities together was seen as a success with the P&D team too strong for the opposition. A notable highlight of the 8 wicket victory was the predominance of talented youth in the representative team with George Thompson (Ivybridge) scoring a 50 and Hadleigh Scott-Kirk (YBCC) returning figures of 3-18. Played in an excellent spirit this will be repeated next season with possibly home and away fixtures.

Thanks to all competing teams and their captains for their support this season and the great sporting spirit in which the games were played in. The league does offer something for all skill levels of cricket and allows new players the opportunity learn the game.

And finally, a very special mention must go to David Gates for organising the umpires throughout the summer for both leagues. Umpire availability as with cricket grounds is limited and his perseverance throughout the season has been commendable.

Anyone interested in joining or enquiring about the league please contact Geoff Willcocks at YBCC.