Cragg appointed county captain

FORMER Ashington batsman Adam Cragg has been appointed captain of the Northumberland cricket team.

Cragg, who will celebrate his 24th birthday at the end of December, takes over the reins from Marc Symington.

Cragg, a teacher at King’s School in Tynemouth who plays for South Northumberland, said: “It is an honour to be selected to be captain of Northumberland, a team that I have played for throughout my junior cricket and senior cricket making my debut in the first team in 2006.

“I will look to bring enthusiasm, team spirit, belief and commitment which will hopefully contribute to a successful campaign.

“We will always be looking to move forward and improve every aspect of Northumberland cricket. I’m very committed to achieve this.

“I have experience of captaining the under 17’s Northumberland team and have been understudy to John Graham for the last three years at South Northumberland, which will hopefully put me in good stead to take on the role.

“As one of the more senior members of the squad now I understand the format and know how physically and mentally challenging the three-day format is.”