Alan Burton appointed captain of Wisbech Town Cricket Club after walking out on Peterborough

OPENING batsman Alan Burton will lead Wisbech Town Cricket Club’s charge for promotion next season.

The Cambridgeshire star quit Peterborough Town this week in order to succeed James Williams as skipper at Harecroft Road.

Williams, who is stepping down as captain due to work commitments, said signing Burton was a huge boost to their chances of winning promotion from the Tucker Gardner Premier League.

“Burts wants a project and that project is to get us into the East Anglian Premier League,” said Williams. “He will have fresh new ideas and he’s a very good acquisition.

“He approached us. He wasn’t really happy at Peterborough and we offered him the captaincy. He was considering it and he agreed on Monday.”

Williams and fellow Wisbech star Gary Freear are long-term county team-mates of Burton.

“Gary and I have played with him for years and he is a serious cricketer,” said Williams.

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“He’s played first class cricket and it will be good for our youngsters to learn off him.

“His work ethic is brilliant and the level of concentration he has at the crease is ridiculous.

“When someone like that wants to play for you, you don’t say no.”

Burton had thrown his hat into the ring for the post of captain at Northants Premier Division champions Peterborough Town - but he lost out to all-rounder Lewis Bruce.