Ringham retains captaincy as March Town Cricket Club toast ‘season of achievement’

OPENING bowler Chris Ringham is set to lead March Town Cricket Club’s first team for the seventh successive year.

The left-armer retained the captaincy at last night’s annual meeting, held in the pavilion at The Avenue.

Wicket-keeper John Gilson will continue as vice-captain, while Stuart Mills will skipper the Sunday first team.

James Harradine will lead the second team on a Saturday, with Stephen Wallis taking the reins on a Sunday.

Matt Hubbard will continue as third team captain, boosted by the news that they have avoided relegation from Cambs Junior Division 2A.

Bill Hilliard was named fourth team captain, with Manuj Patel his deputy.

Pat Ringham, fixtures secretary, Alan Day, treasurer, and Stephen Wallis, secretary, will all continue in their posts.

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In his report to the committee, Mr Wallis paid tribute to the club’s efforts in 2011.

He said: “2011 will be remembered for achievement on the field, though ultimate disappointment for the 1st XI; an unbelievable season for our overseas star Matt “Bomber” Wilcox; the opening of our refurbished lounge; a record by a 13-year-old Josh Fox in a junior game and a visit from the England chairman of selectors, Geoff Miller.”

Mr Wallis praised the club’s three-day festival as “highly successful” and revealed that March had recently been awarded 80 hours of “Chance to Shine” coaching for this summer.

He credited the club for winning the Rutland League Division 1 Ground of the Year and for staging three county matches at The Avenue.

Mr Wallis added: “On a sad note former club chairman, bar chairman, committee member and umpire Denis Vail died suddenly in November.

“Dennis was club chairman in 1997 and 1998; an active committee man throughout the 90s and will be missed on a Saturday afternoon watching the teams at The Avenue.

“Former member Colin Warner, a regular supporter of the teams and vice president, Fred Yeadon also sadly passed away towards the end of the year.”

Mr Wallis thanked the “unseen workers” who help to run the club.

He said: “It is this sprit which binds the club and it is no better illustrated than by Norman Alterton (life member), who continues to visit the cash and carry each week, where I understand he is very adept at identifying a bargain in his role as the unofficial deputy treasurer.

“We should all embrace the above endeavours and if possible, give some time of our own to move this club forward both on and off the field.”