Greg Williams has described being appointed captain for a third season at Ashington Cricket Club as presenting a massive challenge.
And he believes it will be a big campaign for the club’s younger players.
But the 34-year-old all rounder, who led the Colliers to promotion from the A2 division of the Wellsteam Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League last term, believes the spirit has also returned to the Langwell Crescent outfit.
Recently elected at the club’s AGM, Williams, who will again have Scott Dunn as his vice-skipper, said: “I’ve enjoyed the past two years and I’m pleased to be appointed to be able to continue and build on where we got last year.
“We have got stronger and stronger as a team and hopefully we can take it further.
“We played some good team cricket in the second half of last term whilst also doing ourselves proud and the spirit, which had been lacking, is back in the team and the club itself.”
Ben O’Brien is one addition to the squad and Williams said: “Ben is one of our ex-junior players who is a right hand batsman as well as a leg spin bowler, and we are delighted he has returned to the club.
“However, when the curtain goes up in a few weeks time, it will be the start of a big season for some of the younger lads like Dan Grant, Callum Storey, Matty Collins and Sonu Singh.
“Neil Wood, Simon Prudhoe and myself are the experienced players but playing in the A1 division is a different kettle of fish to the A2.”
Meanwhile Doug Potts takes over the reins as second XI captain from Martin Thewlis, who after a superb time of five years at the helm, steps back to take a well earned break.
Graham Whitworth will assist Potts as his number two.