BTCC Weekly Update – Friday Night, Alex Arrives, Photography, Fencing and More

Hi all,

So the forecast looks mixed (warm but mixed!) and being an optimist at heart I am hoping Friday night will be on as usual.

This week we have our All Stars starting at 5pm so the bar will be open a bit earlier – our club junior session starts at 6pm – food as usual courtesy of Jackie!

Roll on Friday!

Alex Bevilaqua Arrives – Welcome to BTCC!

So Alex arrived in the UK yesterday from Australia and has already settled in! Again we conducted an “in-depth” interview with him as he was surveying the square with Tony this morning ……

– Who is your hero? My dad, just a good honest human, incredibly thoughtful and positive, with immense will power – I aspire to have those qualities.
– Favourite Food? Ramen
– Favourite Film? Any of the Naked Gun movies.
– Favourite Music? House or hip hop.
– Hobbies outside Cricket? Cooking, Australian Rules Football (the real football), tennis.
– Nickname? Bev or Bevsy
– Drink of choice? Alcoholic: Pale Ale / Non Alcoholic: Coconut Water
– If you could be an animal, what would you be and why? I’d be a human, I was born a giraffe.
– Have you got a party trick? If yes, what? I can make a wallet lock shut when it’s my round.

Alex and Jonah will both be at the club this Friday so if you haven’t met them yet please do come and say Hello and Welcome!

Photographs of the Week

I couldn’t resist sharing 2 photos of the week courtesy of Mark Lockett from the 1st XI Friendly against Shapwick and Polden Cricket Club – clearly the 1st XI captain and players might need to work on calling …… and by the way they dropped the catch between them! (Jonah’s reaction in the background emphasises the impact of the collision!!

Talking of Photography – Mark Lockett

As a Club, we are incredibly lucky to have Mark Lockett as Club Photographer – he travels hundreds of miles every summer taking photos at as many games as possible and hosts all the photos on his website. Mark Lockett Photography

We are also now showing a selection of archive and current photos via the interactive screen in the club house so come in and have a look!

Photographs from Club games (senior and junior) are available to members/players for personal use via Mark’s website (see special links below) and we will be putting links/QR codes in the clubhouse over the coming weeks – very generously these photos are free of charge to members although if you would like to make a donation to Mark, a drink or a coffee always goes down well!

Also if you do use any of the photos on social media, a mention of Mark (this is his livelihood!) would be much appreciated.


📸 – @marklockettphotography              


📸 – @mlockettphoto

Printed Press – courtesy of Mark Lockett Photography

Galleries – BTCC 2022 – BTCC 2023 – BTCC All of them!!

Slideshows – BTCC 2022 – BTCC 2018 – present – BTCC 2023 coming soon!!

Send Us Your Photos – you can also send any photos you take of games to us either via email or the QR code below – providing the photograph meets the required privacy policy we will add them to the rolling display.


Over the last week, there has been a huge amount of activity at the club erecting the new fencing to improve safety – following extensive discussions with the Town Council over the winter months, fencing has been erected around the Play Park, at the entrance to the Swimming Pool and by the Car park near the Tennis Courts. In addition the existing fencing at the Bowls Club has been raised. Finally temporary “netting curtains” have been put in place along Ashburton Road to improve the safety of pedestrians and cars parked on the road. These curtains will only be drawn during matches. The Town Council have made a contribution with the majority of the cost being funded by the Club. This is a significant investment to improve the long term sustainability of the Club and we have worked tirelessly to balance the impact with the need to improve safety. If you have any feedback then please do let me know direct on

We are very grateful to Jacques du Toit and Paul Scott of Springbok (UK) ltd for their efforts, supported for the high fencing work by Matt Bayles. I hope you will agree they have done an amazing professional job for us.

Results Last Week

The 1st XI had a good win in their friendly game against Shapwick and Polden Cricket Club from Somerset. We made 192 for 7 off our 50 overs – Jake Pascoe – 30, Sam Harvey 42 and Peter Bradley 44 not out. We restricted Shapwick to 179 all out in the final over. Pick of the bowlers were Sam Harvey with 3 for 10 off 6 overs and Chris Yabsley with 3 for 26 off 9 overs. 

The 2nd XI performed well in their friendly against Abbotskerswell 1st XI of the A Division. We bowled the opposition out for 240 in 42 overs – the wickets were shared around and a big well done to Harry Pitman taking 4 for 50 off his 9 overs. Chasing the total was always going to be a challenge and we ended up on 205 for 6 in our 45 overs – Jo Forey retired unbeaten on 52, and there were great contributions from Harry Bannister (33) and Jamie Bishop (34).

Fixtures This Week

Weather permitting ……..we have a busy week coming up…….

Thursday (tomorrow!) – intraclub T20 game starting at 6pm – come along and watch – the bar will be open

Saturday 6th May sees the start of the League season

  • The 1st XI are away at Bradninch and Kentisbeare starting at 12.30
  • The 2nd XI are at home against Sandford, starting at 12.30
  • The 3rd XI are away against Abbotskerswell 2nd XI starting at 1pm
  • The 4th XI are at home (Buckfastleigh) against Brixham 2nd XI starting at 1pm

On Sunday 7th May – the Women’s team take on Exeter at home at 1.30pm

On Tuesday 9th May

  • We begin our defence of the Brockman (3rd XI) T20 Cup away at South Devon at 6pm
  • The U14 Boys take on Paignton at home at 6pm

On Thursday 11th May

  • We begin another defence of the Aaron Printers (2nd XI) T20 Cup at Ashburton at 6pm
  • The U13 Girls team play Plymouth at home at 5.30pm

As always any support for the games will be hugely welcomed by us all – the season is definitely here now!!

Enough for this week – let’s doo the sun dance for good weather – hope to see you on Friday night


Andy Bishop

Chairman Bovey Tracey Cricket Club

Mobile 07986 997006