SIMON James has stepped down after three years as Northwich Cricket Club captain.
James wants to have more time to 'develop' the club and concentrate more on coaching youngsters in North-wich's growing junior section.
Taking over as skipper is John O'Sullivan, who is in his third season with the club, while Peter Gibbon, better known as a footballer with Lostock Gralam, is the new vice-captain.
The annual meeting also reappointed Steve Riley as skipper of the 2nd XI which won a league and cup double last summer. Mark Minton carries on with the 3rd XI captaincy and Andrew East returns to lead the Sunday side in a series of friendly fixtures aimed at providing some of the up-and-coming juniors with the experience of senior cricket.
Northwich will this year field teams at Under 9, Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 19 with the 13s and 15s being granted entry into the Cheshire County League following their impressive performances last season. Northwich will also be running a girls and ladies section in the summer and will announce details close to registration evening, which will be held in mid-March.
Rob Westworth was elected to his eighth year as chairman and Mark Phillips takes over as secretary.
Indoor nets run on Thursday evenings at Tarporley High School from 8-10pm from February 10. Newcomers are welcome to join the club and information is available from Simon James on 01606 75389. nThe two mini-divisions of the Vale Royal Indoor Cricket competition were decided on
Friday and the winners - Barnton and Davenham - will now meet to decide the overall Vale Royal champion and represent the borough in the Cheshire play-offs.
Barnton needed to beat Kingsley to progress.
Five wickets fell to run-outs as Kingsley were dismissed for 86. In reply, Barnton lost an early wicket to yet another run-out, but Paul Coot and Darren Falland both reached 25 as the target was met with more than four overs to spare.
Stretton B then faced lead-ers Davenham in the Division B title decider. Davenham piled on the pressure to bowl Stretton B out for just 63. Davenham's reply was swift, Dave Ashley reaching 25 as the target was met for the loss of just one wicket.