ABBOTSKERSWELL ought to be the smartest ground around next season thanks to a grant of almost £20,000 from Viridor.
The money from the waste management company's charitable arm has been spent on new ground-keeping equipment.
A new roller, compact tractor and verti-cutter were acquired by the club to replace ageing equipment.
Paul Mitchell, the groundsman at Two Mile Oak, said: "The club is indebted to Viridor Credits for the assistance provided both financially and through help with the application process.
"The purchase of this equipment will ensure the volunteer workforce at the club has the best and most reliable kit at hand.
"As a club we try to provide the best of everything to encourage players, young and not so young, to enjoy the game.
"These pieces of equipment will go a long way in helping us continue to improve our pitches."
It's been a good year for Abbots on the funding front as they secured a number of improvement grants.
The club has received grants from Abbfest, the Heavitree Brewery Charitable Trust, the Tony Coles Charitable Trust, the ECB and the local district councillors' fund.
Funding from those sources have gone towards a new water removal machine, colts' equipment and the proposed purchase of a new bowling machine.
VETERAN spinner Paul Harding turned the inaugural Dick Lear Cup match with a devastating spell of bowling on his way to a five-wicket haul.
Harding skippered the Brockman Cup XI against the Aaron Printers Narracott Cup XI in the Torquay Recreation Ground showdown for the trophy.
Lear, who died in 2010, was a popular player and captain with both clubs during a cricket career spanning the best part of 40 years.
Harding, a team-mate at both clubs, brought himself on to bowl when the Narracott XI were 40 for one after nine overs chasing the Brockman's 207 for eight.
After warming up for an over – five dot balls and a two taken by Dom Whitlock – Harding wrought havoc in the Narracott batting.
In the space of 16 balls the former Devon spin bowler took five wickets for no runs at all!
He was on a hat-trick after removing Rachit Lakhmani (20) caught behind and bowling Kazi Szymanski first ball. Joe Abbott survived the hat-trick ball, but no longer as he was bowled by the next one down!
Jono Colgate was caught behind then Steve Craig was bowled round his legs.
Brockman Cup XI 207-7 (K Francis-Griggs 58, C Sleep 41, B Briscoe 21, W Syzmanski 19; J Colgate 2-16, R Lakhmani 2-23), Aaron Printers Narracott Cup XI 107 (D Whitlock 34, T Carne 23no, R Lakhmani 20; P Harding 5-6, M Denford 2-26). Brockman XI bt Narracott XI by 100 runs,