After winning North Devon Division 5 in 2017, Ilfracombe C.C. were promoted two divisions into North Devon Division 3 for the 2018 season and didn't really know what to expect.
Winning 9 of 12 games (2 losses, 1 cancelled due to weather) Ilfracombe finished the league on 183 points, the largest total of all teams, but unfortunately Exford finished with a higher average points tally.
After losing two early matches to Exford C.C. (H) and Newton Tracey C.C. (A) Ilfracombe C.C. finished the league season with 6 consecutive wins, the highlight being a very impressive away win at unbeaten league leaders Exford. Ilfracombe finished the season with an away win at Valley of the Rocks against Lynton & Lynmouth C.C., but with Exford's final game ending in a cancellation against Filleigh C.C. it wasn't enough to crown Ilfracombe champions in successive seasons.
Despite the disappointment of not winning the league, it was still and extremely successful league campaign for Ilfracombe Cricket Club and we will be celebrating our end of season dinner and dance at The Carlton Hotel on Saturday 20th October. Anybody wishing to attend please contact Chris Ayers on 07737 856763.