Two new captains will take the helm for Shropshire’s Seniors sides for the 2020 season.
Dave Street has taken over as captain of the Over 50s from Bryan Jones with Calvin Priest as his deputy, while Peter Hayes has assumed the mantle for the Over 60s in place of John Foster with Tym Fern as vice-captain.
There is also a change for the Over 50s 2nd XI with Lol Woodhall taking the reins, while Andrew Chapman continues as the Over 60s 2nd XI skipper.
There have also been some changes in other roles for Shropshire Seniors, with Over 60s scorer Maggie Boyden taking over from Andrew Clarke as Secretary, while the new Treasurer is Andrew Chapman, who replaces Harold Banks.
John Foster continues as Chairman of Shropshire Seniors, and he paid tribute to the work done over recent years by those who have stepped down from office.
He said: “The Seniors section in Shropshire has grown and gone from strength to strength, and this would not have been possible without all the hard work which has been done by Andrew and Harold as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
“So a huge thanks to them as we look ahead to the 2020 season.”
Dave said he was looking forward to taking the Over 50s side forward in 2020.
He said: “We didn’t have the best of seasons in 2019 with the side hit by injuries and selection issues, but we have done well before that reaching the national knockout rounds of our competition.
“With the plans we have in place, hopefully we can get back to winning ways this season and be challenging at the top of our division once more.”
Peter said he was hoping to build on the success of John’s tenure which has seen the side reach the national final in one season and the latter stages of the competition on a number of other occasions.
The Seniors are also keen to hear from anyone who would like to join their ranks for the new season.
John said: “We have seen the Seniors section grow considerably over the past ten years to the stage where we are running two teams at each age group.
“We want to hear from anyone who is interested in playing for either side. It is good cricket, played in a competitive, but friendly, and social environment with people you have probably known for years.
“And it is a really good way to keep active and involved in the game.”
Pre-season net sessions will be held at Shrewsbury School, with further outdoor nets planned, weather permitting.
Clubs across Shropshire are asked to provide details of anyone in their ranks who is either approaching or over 50 and may be interested in joining the sides.
For the Over 50s you can contact Organiser Martin Chambers via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07837 773682, or for the Over 60s Organiser Richard Chapman via email@example.com for call 07779 408321.
Officers: President – Rupert Lister; Chairman – John Foster; Secretary – Maggie Boyden; Treasurer – Andrew Chapman; Press Officer – Dave Ballinger; Over 50s captain – Dave Street; Over 50s vice-captain – Calvin Priest; Over 50s 2nd XI captain – Lol Woodhall; Over 50s Match Organiser – Martin Chambers; Over 60s captain – Peter Hayes; Over 60s vice-captain – Tym Fern; Over 60s 2nd XI captain – Andrew Chapman; Over 60s Match Organiser – Richard Chapman.