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Dan Woods named as York Cricket Club captain
SPINNER Dan Woods will spearhead York Cricket Club’s bid for a sixth successive Solly Sports Yorkshire ECB County Premier League crown after Marcus Wood stepped down as captain.
Wood will skipper the Clifton Park club’s second team in the Hunters York & District Senior League next season after a hugely successful eight-year first-team reign.
The 40-year-old led the club to a Yorkshire League trophy double in his first season at the helm in 2004 and, after runner-up finishes in 2005 and 2006, Wood then masterminded their record run of five championships.
Secretary Nick Kay, who will be first-team vice-captain this season, admitted Woods had a “tough act to follow”.
“It is a really tough one for Dan, but he is a cricketer who leads by example in the way he plays,” said Kay.
“We have all been together for eight years and got used to Marcus’ style of captaincy. Dan will need to stamp his own impression on the team and get us working in a different fashion.
“He is aiming to make the next five years as good as the last five. He is probably our best performer and wins us a lot of cricket matches. He is the right man for us.
“We are relatively confident we can retain the Yorkshire League title and confident we can do well in the League Cup and League Twenty20. We are not so sure about the ECB National Club Championship.”
On Wood’s new role with the seconds, Kay said: “It’s obviously brilliant for us to have Marcus captaining the seconds.
“We have a lot of 16 and 17-year-olds who will hopefully be playing for the seconds and Marcus wants to bring the young lads on.
“He wants to be competitive in the Senior League and develop players for the first team.”
With club stalwart and stumper Nigel Durham also stepping down to the seconds, York have recruited teenage wicketkeeper Steven Crossley from Lincolnshire ECB County Premier League side Grimsby Town.
The 19-year-old Leeds Metropolitan University student has played Minor Counties cricket for Lincolnshire and has figured for Nottinghamshire’s second string.
Kay believes the club have made a superb signing, adding: “By all accounts he is very talented with the gloves and a batsman who should slot into our lower middle order.
“It is an important role for us – possibly our most important position – because of the number of spinners we have.”
Off-spinning all-rounder Andrew Simpson has returned to Clifton Park from Heworth, the club he joined midway through last season, while opening bowler Dominic Chalk has arrived from Bradford Leaguers Baildon with a view to pushing for a first-team place.
South African left-arm seamer Schalk Steyn could also be added to the York ranks.
The 18-year-old has family in Tadcaster and has approached the club about playing this season, subject to a successful visa application.
York will start indoor nets at St Peter’s School indoor sports centre on Tuesday, February 28, from 7pm to 8.30pm. Sessions will be held at the same time every Tuesday until early April.
The club’s presentation dinner will be held at Clifton Park on Friday, March 9, at 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets cost £26, including a three-course meal.
Further information about the nets and the dinner is available by phoning Kay on 07815 809596.
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