The Dartanians of Ashburton Cricket Club
The Dartanians were set up in 2015 to find a home for mature gentlemen whose best playing days are perhaps well and truly behind them, but whose best socialising days are still very much to come.
This senior part of the side was set up following years of our current skipper Richard Chatfield holding an annual charity cricket event to raise money for the hospitals who looked after him for 8 months, following a highly acute episode of Guillain Barre Syndrome back in 2006, which he was hugely fortunate to fully recover from (well almost!).
The first charity pairs cricket game took place in 2008 and over the last 10 years, fifty or so players have taken part in this annual event. From a select band of these 50 players, Dartanians Cricket was established to play 10 or so friendlies a year, mainly on Sundays, but sometimes mid-week, against friendly people in friendly places.
In March 2018 we were incorporated formally into Ashburton Cricket Club, playing our home games at Varwell Field, but we also travel to games all over South Devon and go further afield for our mini-tour, once a year.
The average age of our players is well over 40 and we are a very mixed ability side, containing the odd player who has played league cricket, but mostly players who haven’t played since their school days (many many moons ago) and some who have just taken up the game in the last two years or so.
We love playing social cricket and of course we love to win, but the most important thing to us, is that the game is played in the right way and that we all have a few enjoyable beers afterwards.
If you would like to join us or play us then please give Richard a call on 07811 137686.