New job in London forces Yau to give up captaincy
TORQUAY captain Justin Yau has said an emotional farewell to the club after announcing his decision to stand down.
Yau will be living in working in London from this month having taken a teaching job in the capital.
His last game in charge was a 145-run defeat at North Devon, which wasn't the way he would have chosen to bow out.
Yau has had a roller coaster five years as captain, but leaves with the club back in the Premier Division after two seasons in the A Division.
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"I have had a wonderful five years and thoroughly enjoyed every second of captaining such a reputable club," said Yau.
"It has always been an honour to lead out Torquay CC on a Saturday and I am glad that we are still a premier club as my reign ends.
"With the situation the club was in five years ago, not many would have expected the miraculous year of 2008 when we stayed up against all odds.
"To finish unbeaten last season in the A Division with a record points haul was also very special and to see players like the Thompson brothers, Nick Watkin, Mawgan Penrice and Scott Baldry progress and come to fruition has been extremely rewarding.
"I am extremely proud and appreciative of the club, players and workmanlike effort of unsung heroes throughout my time here such as Ken Jeffrey, Ian Western and Rob Dickinson.
"Torquay CC will always have a place in my heart and I'll be backing the new captain 100 per cent next season.
"I leave the post with no regrets and with lifelong friendships which I will treasure forever."
Torquay's bowlers were battered at Instow by North Devon batsmen Dan Bowser and Craig Overton.
Bowser top scored with 125 and Overton, just back from England U19 duty in the World Cup in Australia, hit 102 off 103 balls in a total of 287 for three.
Their partnership of 190 for the second wicket was topped up by Glenn Querl with a brisk 31.
Ian Baker, whose shoulder injury hampered his progress, Aqeel Ahmed and Mark Gilmour all went for more than six an over when they bowled.
Torquay collapsed to 26 for five under pressure from Querl (2-12) and Jamie Overton (3-17), who was also out in Australia for the World Cup.
Joe Thompson (24) and Baldry (39) fought back, but Matt Dart spun both of them out and after that it was downhill all the way to 138 all out.
Craig Overton needed five balls to remove last man Ben Passenger.
Results elsewhere meant Torquay dodged the drop. Heathcoat and Sandford are the sides going down.
Yau said Torquay has shown glimpses of what they could do, but the important thing was they avoided the instant return to the A Division which so often happens to promoted clubs.
"It's been a tough year and we are relieved to stay up and maintain our premier status," said Yau.
"We have shown our potential by beating the top four teams during the season but have been inconsistent against the teams around us.
"It's been a difficult season to gather momentum with the large number of rain affected games and lack of training facilities due to the bad weather."