Catch up with the new skipper!

We announced a couple of weeks ago that Charlie would be standing down after over a decade stint as Lowerhouses most decorated and successful captain (in our 150 year history… let that sink in!). We thought we’d take the opportunity in the off season to catch up with the incoming skipper and last years vice captain Ben Heap.

Ben, when did you realise you wanted to be captain?

I think it’s safe to say I’ve always felt that I’ve been a natural leader right through from age group cricket. As far as first team captaincy though becoming a senior player over the last few seasons I wanted a crack at it. I did start to think it might not ever happen but it’s safe to say I’m very proud to be the new skipper.

What do you want to get out of next season?

I would like to win a trophy it’s as simple as that. After two seasons without one, it will be my aim to win at least one competition out of the four we will enter.

Which of Charlies attributes do you most admire and would you love to carry on?

Charlie always lead by example on match days and always put the team first. This is something I have always admired about him, his fielding is up there with the best in league and the rest of the lads follow his example.

What do you want the team to get out of next season?

To work harder than ever before in training and to keep up with the top teams in the league. Also for each individual to know their role and enjoy each other’s success.

What are your aspirations for the next 3 years?

No doubt to put my own stamp on the team/club. I want to continue Charlie’s good work and hopefully take us to the next level as far as training and results are concerned.

What is your favourite game that you have played in?

The Worsley Cup finals were very special to me with both me and my uncle getting Man of the match in each of them. From a team perspective the 2011 title winning game versus Todmorden (away) was a very special day. Nobody gave us a sniff that season but we showed with hard work , mix of youthful talent and experience what could be achieved.

What changes would you like to make as captain?

I think it’s easy to rush in and make lots of changes, but I have to learn. I want to take my time and think things through. I don’t think the style of play will change to much, but I do hope though to help individuals identify roles within the squad. I want to help give people clarity and a vision for the coming seasons. We will train harder than ever and I will hopefully come up with plans and inspiration on game days.

See you in the spring!

We’ll have more in the coming weeks, including a catch up with new Second Team skipper Owen Deakin-Pickard.

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