Finch Stands Down & Hopey Retires
Jonathan Finch has stood down as First XI Captain for work and personal reasons. Cricket manager Stan Heaton said “We understand perfectly Jonathan’s reasons for standing down. He is making a very successful career for himself with the ECB and of course his career must come first. I would like to thank him for his time as Captain. He steered us through a difficult period last season and we will miss his innovative methods. No doubt he will be able to assist the new Captain”.
Added to this is the retirement of Matt Hope for business and personal reasons. Matt was the second longest serving player in the first team, having played over 20 years with the senior teams. He was last seasons leading wicket taker and current leading wicket taker in all competitions. Cricket Chairman David Wren said “Matt will go down in folklore and history as the first Lowerhouse Captain to lift major silverware at the club with the Worsley Cup win in 2004. We will of course miss his contribution as his wicket tally last and this season illustrates. Matt and his family are Lowerhouse stalwarts and we are pleased that he will still be a major contributor off the field”.
Finally, congratulations to Max Howells (u15) and Ben Gorton (u11) who have made the County teams for their age group. Max has just finished a rain affected under 15 tour of the South.