New era for Dereham CC

Dereham Cricket Club's first and second teams will be under new captaincy next season.

Joe Marcewski felt it was time to move aside from the first team and Jon Crisp has had to stand down as skipper of the seconds as he has moved to London.

Chairman Neil Irons said: 'Both of my captains put so much effort in over the past season. They are a credit to the club, they both will continue to play and Marczewski will become vice-chairman.'

Duncan Hewitt will take over the reins of the first team with Jake Anema as his understudy.

Hewitt said: 'It's an honour to captain Dereham again. The club is moving in the right direction, which made my decision easier.

'We have a great bunch of players who are willing to listen and learn.'

The club's second string will be led by Ian Clarke, who said: 'I can't wait to get going, this should be an exciting season ahead.'

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Paul Taylor is the new second team vice-captain.

Sam Widdows remains third team skipper and will be assisted by Tom Simpson.

The club gained promotion in the Sunday league and Irons said: 'Full credit went to skipper Jake Anema. He is only 20 and led from the front. Nothing was ever trouble for him.

'One day he will lead this club to its next level, and possible silverware.'

Irons added: 'Dereham CC is now looking like its old self. We have put so much time and effort into the clubhouse and ground and it's all now paying off.

'Everyone makes a positive comment which makes it all worthwhile.

'Ady Hewitt, who looks after the square, and Tony Finn, who looks after the outfield along with the facilities, should be very proud of themselves.'

Irons will deliver his three-year planfor the club to the committee in February,

'I hope they all like my view of the future, and this structure is something I don't think the club has had before.

'We need to keep moving the club forward – there are exciting times ahead.'

Anyone wanting to support Dereham can contact Irons on 07748 302551.