Bradshaw-Smith steps down after nine years at the helm

18:18 11 January 2013

Retiring Ottery St Mary Cricket Club Chairman Rob Bradshaw-Smith (left) is presented with a specially engraved tankard by Club Secretary Ian Townsend to commemorate nine outstanding years of service

Retiring Ottery St Mary Cricket Club Chairman Rob Bradshaw-Smith (left) is presented with a specially engraved tankard by Club Secretary Ian Townsend to commemorate nine outstanding years of service

Archant

The recent annual general meeting of Ottery St Mary Cricket Club saw the end of an era as long-serving chairman Rob Bradshaw-Smith – ‘RBS’ to his many friends and associates – stepped down after nine years of outstanding service, writes Ian Townsend.

The club has made huge strides both on and off the field during Rob’s tenure and the list of major initiatives in which he has played a pivotal role is virtually endless.

The development of youth cricket, both at Ottery CC and within the county as whole, has been a long standing passion for RBS, and his time in office saw him contribute hugely to the establishment, administration and coaching aspects of a thriving academy which now boasts well over 100 players and routinely contributes seven or eight teams to the Bradley’s East Devon Youth League (EDYL) spanning an age range of U-10 to U-17.

More recently Rob has also assumed the role of EDYL chairman, played a key role in Ottery CC securing Clubmark status and been a keen exponent of the development of girls’ cricket at the club via the Chance to Shine initiative.

Bradshaw-Smith’s drive and commitment have been invaluable in helping to radically improve the facilities at Salston Field over the last few years which have seen a major refurbishment of the clubhouse, installation of an electronic scoreboard and the provision of a dedicated cricket square for juniors.

Add to this his sterling work as the club’s groundsman, which last year saw Ottery’s pitches rated the best in C Division of the Devon League, and the fact that, despite having little time to practice, his prodigious natural ability sees him still able to play match-winning roles with both bat and ball in league matches, and it is clear that this is an individual who has contributed massively to the club he so clearly loves.

Reflecting on his period in office, RBS commented: “I have been delighted to have been chairman over the last nine years and to have helped put the club on the map, particularly as far as junior cricket is concerned, and to have been around as the men’s sides at last begin to flex their muscles and progress.

“The facilities throughout the club have been improved and, despite my best efforts, we still have money in the bank!

“We are immensely fortunate to have so many able and willing members who happily give up their free time to give something back to the club.

“I wish my successor good luck and hope the club continues to prosper and provide high quality cricket for the men, women, girls and boys of the area for many years to come”.

In-coming chairman, the former Ottery, Exmouth and Devon all-rounder John Tierney, certainly has a big pair of shoes to fill as he takes over the reins from someone who was, in every imaginable context, a perfect ambassador for Ottery CC and an absolute credit to the game in general.

Other Sport Stories

10:37
Harrry Tincknell in action during the 4 Hours of Le Castellet race

Harry Tincknell is already planning to retake the lead in the European Le Mans Series standings next month after he lost his points advantage in France over the weekend.

Read more
Friday, August 26, 2016
Sidmouth Town played Alphington at the weekend. Ref shsp 34-16AW 3975. Picture: Alex Walton.

Sidmouth Town manager Josh Stunell had his misfiring side in for a heart-to-heart last night (Thursday) in a bid to sort out a disappointing start to the new campaign that has seen the Vikings lose three of their first four games.

Read more
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Sidmouth Town played Alphington at the weekend. Ref shsp 34-16AW 3986. Picture: Alex Walton.

Sidmouth Town went down to a single goal defeat in their home meeting with Alphington.

Read more
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Golf Ball.

On Sunday, Sidmouth Golf Club members played a 36-hole competition for the Scratch and Handicap Cups, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Newton Poppleford sponsor picture

Newton Poppleford have been working hard off the pitch during the summer to bring sponsorship to the club.

Read more
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Golf generic picture

Mark Thomas won the Sidmouth Jewellers Friday stableford with the relatively low score of 37 points, reflecting the difficulty of playing conditions, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Sidmouth Town Junior Vikings Under-15s are continuing their search for additional players to join them for the new season.

Read more
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Sidmouth bowler Kyle Brockley playing against Plymouth at the Fortfield. Ref shsp 33-16SH 5718. Picture: Simon Horn.

Liam Lewis hit an unbeaten century as Sidmouth walloped relegated Brixham by 238 runs to win the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division title with two games to spare, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Tipton batsman Phil Wright is bowled

Tipton were completely outplayed in the drizzle by visitors Stokeinteignhead with their only consolation being a great tea was supplied by the ladies from match sponsors Bater’s Removals, writes Phil Wright.

Read more
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Sidmouth Town played Alphington at the weekend. Ref shsp 34-16AW 3958. Picture: Alex Walton.

After such a promising pre-season and added quality to the playing staff, Sidmouth’s disappointing start to the season continued with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of an improving Exeter University side on Monday night.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications