Cricket stalwarts take up county roles

Stuart Tiffin, left, and Steve Williams have taken up new coaching roles within the Northumberland Cricket Club minor counties system.
Stuart Tiffin, left, and Steve Williams have taken up new coaching roles within the Northumberland Cricket Club minor counties system.

ASHINGTON Cricket Club stalwarts Steve Williams and Stuart Tiffin have taken up new coaching roles within the Northumberland Cricket Club minor counties system.

Tiffin has become manager of the Northumberland Minor Counties team and Williams has taken over as manager of the development team, which was Tiffin’s previous post aided by Williams as coach.

Both will be assisted by former Durham off-spinner Nicky Phillips as player coach.

Williams said: “Both Stuart and myself are very honoured to be involved in the county set up.

“We, along with Nicky, manage the county under-17s so we see all the young talent coming through the system.

“It gives the ‘player path way’ more chance to work, letting the young lads see they have a future within the Northumberland County Cricket Club system and aspire to play in the senior sides.”

The Minor Counties side have now come under the umbrella of the Northumberland Cricket Board and Williams, 56, added: “With the help from the board and particularly Ian Wardle, the cricket development officer for Northumberland, we hope to help build more successful and well run sides where players want to be involved and be proud to represent their county.

“It’s a big commitment playing six three-day games and a 50-over competition, and that’s where my job in the development side is important.

“We plan to play a couple of two-day fixtures and four 50-over games recognising the talented players and getting them ready for the step up to the senior side.

“Stuart and myself are both totally committed to help improve standards within our county and are really looking forward to the new season.”