Club Statement – 1st XI Captain

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Following our 1st XI game on Sunday 5th May away at Enfield, the Club Committee were advised of the decision by 1st XI captain Paul Houldsworth that he was retiring the captaincy, and retiring from 1st XI cricket with immediate effect, citing that he feels he is no longer able to fully contribute to the level that he wants to in games, and that he would like the opportunity to play in the same team as his son Ethan whilst he still can.

This decision was immediately accepted by the Club Committee as a mark of respect to the incredible contribution that Paul has made to the club.

Having made his 1st XI debut as a 14 year old in 1985 and played in the 1st XI ever since (except for one season at Enfield in the early 1990s, and one second XI game away at Stacksteads), the amount of games played, runs scored and wickets that he has taken in that time is literally immeasurable.

He has been widely regarded as one of the best amateur cricketers in the game for the last 30 years, and his involvement extends to his contribution off the field as a junior coach, long standing volunteer committee member and a leader who’s presence and personality has been undeniably influential in the development and cohesion of our club.

The Club Committee would like to thank him for his decades of service to the club and the first XI, and fully support the reasons behind his decision. He will continue to play a massive part in our Club going forwards.

The Committee have moved swiftly and have appointed Matt Oddie as 1st XI captain with immediate effect.

As our existing vice captain, he was our immediate choice. We are pleased that he accepted, and wish him luck in the role.

Allan Armer will support him as vice captain.

We wish them both well.


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