Sean McCafferty has taken over as Bedlington Cricket Club’s first XI captain and will lead the club as they etch another chapter in their history in mid April.
Darren Leason has stepped down from the post after a highly successful tenure which latterly saw the club win promotion to the A1 division of the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League (NTSL) in their debut season.
McCafferty has identified that his side’s first target will be to retain their new status, and they could not have had a tougher baptism in the top flight as they host last season’s champions Tynedale on the opening day of the new campaign.
Twenty-three-year-old McCafferty said: “I am looking forward to a new challenge of captaining a side in what will be a very competitive league.
“The main aim is to stay in the A1 and then look to kick on in the years to follow.
“We have some promising young players at the club who if they keep progressing at the rate they are, could see us having some quality first team cricketers just around the corner.
“We are still working on bringing in more new faces to add to the squad to give us that depth that you need throughout the season, whilst off the field a lot of work has gone into securing funding to allow us to improve the facilities.
“Stu Irvine and Mal Humble have worked hard over the winter allowing us to now have a fully fenced in cricket ground with brand new wicket covers and new sightscreens.”
Meanwhile Leason reflected on his time at the helm.
He said: “When I returned to Bedlington four seasons ago I could not have dreamt what a successful period we would enjoy.
“We won the Northumberland League title twice and achieved promotion to division one of the NTSL in our first season, and I’m extremely proud of our achievements as a team and a club.
“I would like to wish Sean all the best for the coming season and will support him where I can.
“I’d also like to wish Bob Rutherford the best of luck on his return to his home team Ashington and look forward to our derby clashes with them this season.”