EXETER CC SENIOR OFFICIALS
The aim of this section is to introduce you to just some of the people whose tireless work and effort make Exeter Cricket Club what it is and for everyone to know a little more about them when you see them around the club.
President – Mike Medway
Mike remembers the days when, at the age of just five, he watched his father play at Exeter CC when it was a Men’s only pavilion, apart for his mother who was allowed in only to make the teas! A wicket keeper by trade, which runs in the Medway family, Mike still loves his cricket and recently went on Tour to South Africa with Devon Over 60’s. Apart from being our President, Mike is also our unofficial “Deputy Groundsman”, regularly being seen sat on the roller and has now been involved at Exeter CC for 54 years!
Chairman – Bob Price
Bob became involved with Exeter CC in the early 1990’s when his son’s were playing at the club. When, in 1994, the Chairman of the club resigned Bob was asked to hold the fort until the next AGM. 17 years later and he is still our Chairman (and occasional Groundsman assistant!). Whilst cricket was not his first sporting choice (as a Welshman his main sporting passion is Rugby obviously) the time and effort that Bob gives to the club is priceless and is one of the many who make Exeter CC run.
“When I agreed to stand in as Chairman in 1994 I never expected to be still in this role in 2011! However, I’ve always been drawn to tradition and standards and they are two things we pride ourselves at Exeter Cricket Club. We’ve inherited a superb club from those before us and I’m just trying to do my part to ensure the long term future for the next generation. I really value the friendships that I have and exist amongst all members that are regardless of age, position, race or creed.“
1st Team Captain – Jonathan Tipper
Jon has always played his cricket at Exeter CC having joined as a colt, under the watchful guidance of Steve Fairbairn, and working his way to the 1st XI. 2012 will be Jon’s 21st season as a 1st team player! During that time he has had the chance to play alongside Test players Aaron Redmond (NZ) and Chris Rogers (Aus) which helped him improve and play Minor Counties cricket for Devon. Jon has captained Exeter for four of the last five years and led the team to victory in the Devon Cup in 2007.
“I’ve been very lucky during my time at Exeter Cricket Club, not only to play with a lot of very good players but also to make so many close friends. Whilst players come and go, like at any club, we somehow manage to gain a lot of loyalty from those who join the club and have to move away. Whilst Captain, we’ve had players travel down, without being paid (it’s against our constitution), from Birmingham and Surrey as they enjoy playing cricket at Exeter. This for me says it all about the nature of Exeter CC.”
2nd Team Captain – Richard Nelsey
Richard has grown up around cricket (parents met at a cricket game and he lived beside his village club) and represented Lincolnshire at youth age groups, including a Tour to Kenya in 1995. Unfortunately golf took over and after a five year absence came back to the game in 2003. After joining Exeter in 2006, he has been the 2nd XI Captain for the past three years leading them to a 2nd and 3rd place finish. For all his efforts around the club he was awarded Clubman of the Year in 2011.
“Exeter Cricket Club is a very special place to play cricket. We have one of the best squares in the County with fantastic views and the club is just one big family. Having moved to the area in Sept 2005, not knowing a single person in the area, the club soon became a home from home. The cricket is competitive but just as good is the spirit amongst all the players and that all teams enjoy a beer together on a Saturday once the cricket is done!”
Head Coach – Pat Steward
Pat joined Exeter CC in 1990 and has Captained both the 1st XI and 2nd XI and has really been trying to retire for the last seven years. He took up coaching 12 years ago and is currently working towards his Level 3 coaching award, on which he has had to help Graham Onions with his back foot shots! He loves the competitive, mental side of coaching but seeing improvement in young players gives him the most fulfilment (apart from the odd bottom handed shot over mid wicket!).
“Exeter is a fantastic club to play at because we play our cricket hard, but nobody ever falls out (well, not for long anyway) and always socialise together afterwards. It's such a friendly club and brilliant for families. We’ve worked really hard to build up a comprehensive and strong Junior section and it is now fantastic to see many of them performing in the adult teams. If you want to enjoy your cricket, play competitively and improve, of course with my help, then play at Exeter.”