050S UK TOUR 2017
18 AUSTRALIA 050S VS DEVON 050S
EXETER CC DEVON
10 th AUG 2017
the sensational events at last night’s tour farewell dinner the
energizer bunnies emerged gingerly from their burrows this morning.
English breakfast at the fashionable time at 9am was the norm as the
beer; scotches; baileys and celebratory champagne washed through the
system. For the Captain and his fiancée the main purpose of the day
was to find a decently expensive diamond ring in Exeter where we were
playing today vs. Devon 050s.
sun was shining so life was wonderful for the soon to be newlyweds.
As for the rest of the team they liked the idea of a wedding proposal
every day as was a reasonable excuse for a party and it seemed to
guarantee fine sunny weather for cricket.
travelled the 33 mile journey quickly today and arrived at Exeter’s
CC beautiful ground next to the University.
started playing cricket in Exeter in 1824 but Devon County CC and
Exeter CC transferred to this site when WG Grace and his brother
opened the ground in a celebration game on 30/31 May 1902.
local rugby benefactor Richard West gifted the land but died soon
after. The ground was then granted to Exeter’s CC on a 100 year
lease which came up for renewal in 2002. President Bob Price deftly
negotiated a new lease for another 30 years with West’s 3 cousins
and also did a deal with the local developer who purchased some land
from the Club to build a student accommodation complex and as a
trade- off built the club a 1million UK pound clubhouse complete with
internal lift. The beautiful clubhouse was opened in April 2016 and
the hire of it to the adjacent bowls /squash club returns the Club
5000 uk pound a year in revenue. A remarkable achievement by
the intervening years the New Zealand test team played here in 1927
and the West Indies team played Devon County here in 1928. It is the
main ground in the town of Exeter which boasts a current population