As baptisms of fire go, being appointed Braunton captain in the winter could not have been much hotter.
Ian Roberts, the wicketkeeper, has taken on the role, which was relinquished by Jon Baglow after the frustrations of trying to form and motivate a side became too great.
It will only be harder for Roberts who has seen Jas Kalsi join North Devon and Harry Booker go to Exeter. Meanwhile, Andy Paddison, one of Braunton's most reliable performers, is contemplating retirement.
"I'm hoping to get him back," said Roberts. "It's going to be a struggle. We are already very limited on players, have quite a few injuries and have still got a lot of players playing football, tied up with school or away at university. We will just have to play it week by week.
"It was a struggle for Baggy last year and we have got it twice as hard this year.
"It's not nice to go down and I don't want to because once you go down you can struggle to get back up.
"But with the side we have got out, it might be in our favour to play at a lower level."
Mike Paine, the former Barnstaple and Pilton batsman, will help out at the start of the season before he moves to Taunton.
Captain: Ian Roberts.
One to watch: Jon Baglow. The former captain may have stepped back into the ranks but Braunton will be relying on the left-arm seamer to lead the bowling attack.
2012 – league position: 7th. Leading run scorer: Jas Kalsi 431. Leading wicket taker: Jon Baglow 32.