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Bridgwater have signed a young prop with a bright future to bolster their South West One squad. Tight-head Craig Blyde, who hails from New Zealand’s North Island, was on the Bridgwater bench for yesterday’s meeting with front runners Drybrook. Blyde has played for Bay of Plenty U19s in the Jock Hobbs New Zealand National U19 …

8th October 2017 in: Rugby

Bedminster Cricket Club opened their annual awards evening with a minute’s applause for member George Stephenson. Stephenson, who joined the club this year after landing a job in Bristol, died on the morning of the event. The 24-year-old from Plymouth stopped playing during the season to have treatment for cancer, which came back after a …

8th October 2017 in: Cricket

STRENGTH in depth generated by a second team that supports the 1st XV is one of the reasons Taunton made a flying start to the season in National Two South. Taunton were expected to be among the front runners having finished fourth in last season’s final standings. Ten new faces came on board during the …

1st October 2017 in: Rugby

Torrington players and officials have been delighted by the response to a crowd-funding appeal, launched after their clubhouse was targeted by hoodlums. Thousands of pounds’ worth of damage was caused when vandals smashed virtually every window and wrecked the interior. Prized team pictures and the club television were among the items damaged. The West Country …

29th September 2017 in: News

Somerset’s Overton twins will be in opposition for once when they captain a side each in a charity tournament at their home club. Craig and Jamie are the local heroes at North Devon CC, where they started out on the path that has taken both to England caps. The charity day on Sunday, September 30 …

26th September 2017 in: Somerset

Thornbury playmaker Tim Stevens looks like being out of action for the rest of the season due to yet another injury. Stevens, who plays at 10 or 12, has been more out than in due to injury for the past couple of campaigns. He was passed fit to return this season, but only lasted a …

24th September 2017 in: Rugby

Clevedon coach Nick Hill is comfortable with his side’s first month to the season, even though they lost two of their first three games. Last Saturday’s win over Bideford got Clevedon off the mark at the third attempt – not the record most people would have expected from last season’s promotion play-off losers. Plenty has …

24th September 2017 in: Rugby

Cullompton CC have been celebrating twice over at the end of their 125th anniversary season. It will go down as a season to remember at Cullompton as the First and Second XIs both won their respective divisions in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League. James Blackmore’s First XI were defeated finalists in the Corinthian Cup Twenty20 …

19th September 2017 in: Cricket

Bridgwater and Albion coach Simon Morrell has been busy plugging gaps in his squad to cope with a nightmare start to the season. Going into yesterday’s trip to Bideford there were 13 men on the injury list. Morrell hoped to have four new players in the side – some of them old faces returning to …

15th September 2017 in: Rugby

Newton Abbot’s new player-coach Matt Jess said, after his first view of Level Five rugby, that the season is going to be a challenge. Jess was one of the last survivors of Exeter Chiefs’ Championship side to transition to the Premiership successfully when he left Sandy Park at the end of last season. Before joining …

14th September 2017 in: Rugby