ROB Sproston is hoping NANTWICH can make history in more ways than one this year.
After 40 years of dedicated service to the Whitehouse Lane outfit, Rob has become the first man ever to follow in his father's footsteps as club chairman.
The former 2nd team skipper was elected to the role last month. His father, Joe Sproston, was chairman for four years until the time of his death in 1979.
Now Rob is hoping for an equally historic season on the field in the ECB Premier League. He said: 'My ambition is to continue making Nantwich CC a successful club.
'We want to have the best facilities in Cheshire, to invest heavily in junior cricket, continue with the excellent coaching policies and produce very good players. I believe we can achieve great things this season.'
Rob, who joined the committee in 1967 and had been secretary for the past decade, succeeds John Prince.
The loss of Aussie Steve Paulsen, who won the Premier Division's Player of the Year Award in 2006 after scoring 929 runs, will leave a huge void to fill.
But fellow Australian Derek Tate, who plays for Queensland 2nds Down Under, is expected to be a valuable addition with both bat and ball.
Paceman James Warrington, batsman Dave Talbot and keeper Ian Butcher, all from Alsager, and all-rounder Rob Porter, from Congleton, have also joined, while spinner Wayne Morgan is back with the Dabbers.
Andy Newton embarks on his second spell as skipper in his 25th season with the club, with Chris Hampshire as vice-captain.
Fast bowler Barrington Browne will again lead the bowling attack, with evergreen Jeff Maynard still batting in the top order.
Simon Blackledge will again captain the 2nds, assisted by Ben Mogg. Neil Forster will lead the 3rds, backed by Pete Bailey. The 4ths captain is Eoghan McTiernan, with vice-captain Paul Livingstone.
In Division One, ALSAGER have made big changes on and off the pitch.
A new captain and an overseas professional will provide a fresh look to the team. Simon Dyer is skipper after Steve Armitage's retirement.
And Australian Rowan, a left-arm opening bowler and a right-hand number three batsman who plays top grade cricket at Gungahlin in North Canberra, has replaced Ashwin Punja, has switched to Toft.
Other new faces include former Haslington men Tom Gledhill, a spinner, and Tom Blackwood, a big-hitting batsman.
Opening bowler Usman Mohammed is in from Stoke, while all-rounders Ben Lucas, from Longton, and Kristian Jennings, from Elworth, have also been added.
The 2nds will be skippered by Paul Adams, with Toby Kent as vice-captain. The 3rds captain is again Martin Gregory, backed by Trevor Newbould. Tony White leads the 4ths alongside Mark Snee.
Off the pitch, the clubhouse has been refurbished and the bar lounge extended. Four new synthetic practice nets, costing £50,000, are to be installed at Fairview Avenue.
New covers, costing £6,250, will be delivered soon, along with a new device to collect water off the square. And a new mower has been purchased. Grant-aid has helped make these projects possible.