‘Privileged’ Edwards steps down after 20 years as WGC chairman

PUBLISHED: 15:45 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:46 20 December 2017

Andy Nolan will remain in charge of the first team affairs at WGC with Dan Blacktopp. Picture: HARRY HUBBARD

Andy Nolan will remain in charge of the first team affairs at WGC with Dan Blacktopp. Picture: HARRY HUBBARD

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England may be right in the middle of an Ashes battle down under but for most involved in the game winter is considered as downtime, a time of reflection on the old season before the preparation for battles of the new begin.

Dan Blacktopp will remain in charge of the first team affairs at wGC with Andy Nolan. Picture: DANNY LOO Dan Blacktopp will remain in charge of the first team affairs at wGC with Andy Nolan. Picture: DANNY LOO

That is most certainly the case across clubs in the Saracens Herts Cricket League.

League and play-off champions Welwyn Garden City had a foot in both camps at their AGM.

Looking forward Andy Nolan and Dan Blacktopp remain at the helm of the first team but a major change came off the field when club chairman Terry Edwards stepped down after almost 20 years to be replaced by Chris Molyneux.

The club stalwart explained the reasons behind his decision and took the time to reflect on his time in the hotseat.

He said: “Ensuring a club is successful these days needs constant input and effort and as a consequence, I have decided that after 20 years it was time for the club to have a new man at the helm, with fresh ideas and thoughts on how to maintain and improve the high standards we have set in recent times.

“In the main it has been a fantastic time.

“I have had the privilege to have worked with some excellent committee members over the years, all of whom have added an awful lot to the club making it a very enjoyable place to be a member, whatever your age or standard.”

Naturally his time in charge has brought a lot of memories although he struggled to pick out one specific one.

He said: “There are too many because as well as enjoying the first team’s successes, the rest of the club has provided so much enjoyment.

“We now have five Saturday teams, the junior section has over 14 junior age group teams, boys and girls, and as a club we have hosted many minor county and representative games at Digswell Park.

“That, as well as being one of the few clubs still to have a cricket week, has really shown what an enjoyable and inclusive place the club is.”

He isn’t completely severing his ties with the club though and will still play on a Saturday as well as helping out with cutting the grass and rolling the pitch when needed.

Elsewhere, the captaincy changed in three of the other four teams at the Knightsfield-based cricket club.

Matt Hill takes over from Martin James and will lead the seconds with Stuart Page skippering the thirds in place of Matt Wells.

The fourth team will be led by club stalwart Steve Willis and Mario Priolo will continue the fine work he started in 2017 and skipper the fifth XI once more.

Indoor training starts in January at the University of Herts and new players are always welcome. The club website has more details for those interested.

The season itself gets underway a week later on Saturday, May 5, and will run until September 1.

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