Superstar singer on his fond cricketing memories in Devon...

COLDPLAY’S Chris Martin is hoping that a big recruitment drive will help discover new players for the team he played for as a youngster.

The superstar singer grew up near Exeter and was a talented cricketer. He was part of the same Devon under-11 and under-12 squads as Paignton wicketkeeper Chris Read, who went on to play for Nottinghamshire and England.

In the years before meeting his Coldplay band-mates, Chris was a regular in the Countess Wear senior teams and has often taken part in an annual match organised by his father Anthony, who is the club president.

For Chris the social side of the club was just as important as the match itself. “I used to love playing for Countess Wear Cricket Club – not just for the games, but also for the friendships and camaraderie with the team and the opposition,” he said. “I am grateful to all of those guys for being so kind to me.”

Countess Wear play their home matches at Winslade Park, Clyst St Mary. With First and Second XIs in action on a Saturday there are plenty of opportunities, and you don’t have to be young or experienced to sign up.

Many of the players fall into the ‘veteran’ category and the age range spans six decades!

It’s an ideal local club for anyone who hasn’t played since school or is just moving to the area and looking for a fresh sporting challenge. It’s also a great way to make new friends and have fun.

“Countess Wear is a extremely friendly club,” said former First XI captain James Bogue. “It’s very open, really inclusive and welcomes anybody to come along and join. We’re looking for someone who might just play a few games in the summer or people who want to commit a little longer.

“It doesn’t matter whether you haven’t played for ten years, or want to play a decent standard, I am sure there will be a game that’s right for you.”

To find out more contact the club through the website or on Twitter via @CountessWearCC

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