Bobby Heard – Thorverton's young player of the year<br>credit: Conrad Sutcliffe - no re-use without copyright owner's consent

FATHER-and-son pair Andrew and George Daldorph completed a family double at Thorverton’s annual awards evening.

Dad Andrew was named 2nd XI player of the year – and not for the first time either – for his contribution of 541 runs in the D Division East of the Tolchards DCL.

Daldorph senior averaged more than 45 with a bat in his hand, which he used to score two half-centuries and a hefty 147 in the team’s win over Feniton.

Skipper Jack Stirling was unable to make the celebration evening, which was held in Thorverton Memorial Hall, so senior player David Baldock stood-in with a presentation speech before handing over the trophy.Andrew Daldorph – Thorverton's leading 2nd XI batsman in 2023

George Daldorph took home the 1st XI player-of-the-year award for his wicket-taking achievements in the A Division side.

Daldorph junior scooped the prize with 25 league wickets at just 19.40 runs each. His best afternoon of the summer came when he bagged five for 20 over Clyst St George. Jake Choules, the 1st XI captain, made the presentation.

The young-player-of-the-year prize was a close-run affair between Bobby Heard and Luke Vukusic. Heard got the nod by just one vote.

Heard impressed in the 2nd XI with 12 wickets at 18.83 each, which earned promotion into the 1st XI. Ten more wickets – including six or 18 to tee-up a 14-run win over Kilmington – gave him the edge.

Eliza Heard, Bobby’s sister, accepted the award on her brother’s behalf.

The player’s-player award for the women’s softball section was another tightly contested vote. The award was shared between Lisa May and Sureka Khan. 

Vanessa Wilson scooped coaches’ player of the year thanks partly to her commitment and uplifting spirit around the squad.

There was a special presentation to first-team player Dan Robbins for completing a gruelling cross-county sponsored walk from North Devon CC to Exmouth CC in aid of the club’s pavilion renovation project.

Robbins, who completed the 65-mile walk in just under 24 hours kitted out in his full cricket gear, raised more than £2,500 for the fund. Alex Jopling presenting Dan with framed photographs of his mission.

Finally, Jock Spry presented the volunteer-of-the-year award to Ben Keenan for 20 years of tireless volunteering at junior training. Ben has run the youngest (and perhaps most challenging) age group for that time.

Around 50 members and friends dined on a three-course meal prepared by Dan Wagner from Dan’s American Kitchen. Awards were dished out between courses.

There was a sombre start to the celebrations when guests remembered stalwarts of the club lost over the previous 12 months, including long-serving groundsman John Hill, who died in September.

George Daldorph – took his first five-wicket haul on the way to the Thorverton 1st XI bowling award