Letchworth cricketers look to March on to great heights in new season

There will be a new team in charge of Letchworth Cricket Club s first XI for the 2007 season. Former Hoddesdon and Herts batsman Steve March takes over the captaincy following the club s recent annual meeting with rising star Richard Walsh, a product of t

There will be a new team in charge of Letchworth Cricket Club's first XI for the 2007 season.

Former Hoddesdon and Herts batsman Steve March takes over the captaincy following the club's recent annual meeting with rising star Richard Walsh, a product of the club's youth scheme, as his vice-captain.

Chairman Colin Chatfield said: "We are looking forward to the coming year with great confidence.

"Now that we have finalised the Fairfield project, we have two excellent grounds and can turn our full attention to the playing side.

"The first XI will be playing in a much stronger league this year with no easy games but we are confident we can be in contention."

Graham Bishton continues as second XI captain with Yorkshireman Simon Elliott as his new vice-captain.

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There are new captains in the third and fourth teams with Andy Bishton taking over the thirds with young prospect Dane Hirst as his assistant and club stalwart Andy Catherell in charge of the fourth XI assisted by veteran Mike Fernando.

The all conquering fifth XI, unbeaten all season, start their campaign in Division 12 with the same captaincy team of Dan Burley and Steve Lubbe.

The club also held its annual dinner and presentation night recently.

New first team vice-captain Richard Walsh won the coveted Luckhurst Trophy awarded for points gained for batting, bowling and fielding.

And the Woodhead Trophy for the same achievement in the lower sides was won by Mike Fernando.

Best performance went to leg-spinner Adam Jenkins for his 9-39 in the final second XI game of the season against Sawbridgeworth and clubman of the year was Andy Catherell.

Most improved young batsman and bowler went respectively to Sam Booth and Dominic Chatfield.

There were special awards for four juniors who made their maiden centuries in senior cricket during the season. These went to Booth, Henry Robinson, Tom Simmons and Phil Davies.