President's Letter

 Dear Dumplings
 The winter has been a very busy time and we managed to arrange 24 matches between April and September with all the venues, catering and officials sorted! Now, in the shadow of Covid-19 we shall see just what we are all allowed to do in terms of playing the fixtures at our wonderful grounds. 13 of our opponents plan to be on Tour in our beautiful county and will, no doubt, be subject to the complexities of fulfilling their plans in the light of multiple Governments having imposed restrictions on travel and association. Currently the whole domestic cricket season has been put on hold by the ECB to try to save at-risk members of the population from harm. We shall see what happens over the weeks and months when many of us, including Judy and I are holed up at home keeping our “social distance” and washing our hands every two hours as a minimum! I will use our Dumplings Facebook page to keep people up to speed so, if you are not into social media currently, consider it to help with communication! In the meantime, thank you to all the clubs who agreed to be hosting us in 2020. I hope you are all able to weather this storm and be ready for play when conditions allow. I also thank Wendy Hardy and all the officials she has secured for our matches. Without you all the fun cannot happen. Fingers crossed everybody! I now address myself to all our playing members. Please read the Newsletter and keep yourselves fit and ready for a return of cricket. Practice in your back garden if you have one as we will try to play as soon as we are all allowed to do so. Also think about young players at your home club and consider who else might make a good Dumpling for the future. Invite them to think about putting themselves forward by getting hold of any of the Club’s Officers. You may wish to play in their first game, whenever that happens, to help them have fun. We have been particularly successful in bringing young players from both home and overseas on board and introducing them, in many cases, to the joys of declaration cricket and helping them to understand the “Spirit of the Game”. A number are now playing at the top level in First class and even International cricket! Remember – it could be you!! 

The Oxford Tour this year was planned to be from 4th to 6th August based at The Queen’s College Ground, Abingdon Road next to the Thames and opposite the Rowing Clubs. Camping would, again, provide an affordable way of spending time in the company of fellow cricketers. This year we expected to have a number of Wanderers with us for the Tour as they, kindly, stood back from their match on the 4th to allow us to play The Nomads again. Perhaps we should call ourselves “Wandering Dumplings” if we eventually tour this year? In any event it would help us have more than the 8 Dumplings we had available for the full three days in 2019. I never want to risk  Bernie and Paul playing three days in a row again… 

I feel very privileged to have been asked to take on the Presidency for a second time. I hope to be able to announce a successor at the Annual General Meeting and Dinner on Friday 9th October. Please note that I do not believe the job to be too complex - I have managed it as well as the Fixtures Secretary role. Think about it, if not for now but at least for the future. Get the date in your diary please. I wish us all the very best of health at this difficult time. Please follow advice and care for yourselves and others. Be a Dumpling! 

Dr. Peter Jolliffe President Devon Dumplings CC