Newly installed captain of Ashington Cricket Club’s second XI, Doug Potts, immediately paid tribute to his predecessor Martin Thewlis following his appointment.
Potts is preparing for his side’s opening game of the campaign against Lanchester at Langwell Crescent on Saturday, April 26.
He said: “Martin has done a fantastic job. Apart from him being chairman, I have also seen how much work he has put into the club with the juniors and with the training programme, and I believe he is really looking forward to playing for the side free of responsibilities.”
Forty-four-year-old Potts is ready to embark on his third season with the outfit after giving 32 years of loyal service – during which he was captain for 14 years – to Warkworth Cricket Club.
He joined Ashington in 2012 with the intention of being in the same team as his son Matthew, who was 14 at the time, was introduced into senior cricket.
“I felt the time was right to help Matthew whilst it also presented me with a new challenge,” he said.
“Coming to Ashington meant that I would meet new people at a good club and also see what the attitude of the game was like in a different league whilst also visiting new grounds.”
Potts, an area manager for the Co-op Funeral Services, added: “Ashington have been good to Matthew and I wanted to give something back to the club so I put up for the captaincy,” he said.
“I’ll be looking to liaise and help first XI skipper Greg Williams, and the lads who miss out for first team selection will need hard second team cricket with a strong mind set and attitude.”
Potts is adamant in his intentions for the new campaign.
“My ambition as skipper is to win every game and competition we play in, whether it be in the league or cups,” he said
“My view is that there is no point in entering at all if there is no aspiration in winning it and I’m hoping for a good season.
“Ashington are a great outfit and when I joined it took me no time to settle in because they are a very welcoming club.”