New chairman at Knebworth

PUBLISHED: 12:22 10 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:25 26 October 2009

Knebworth Park's 1st XI at last year's cup final

Knebworth Park's 1st XI at last year's cup final

HERTS County Cup finalists Knebworth Park are gunning for success in the coming cricket season after making some important changes to the non-playing side of staff. After 14 years at the helm, Chris Johnson has stepped down as club chairman to be replaced

HERTS County Cup finalists Knebworth Park are gunning for success in the coming cricket season after making some important changes to the non-playing side of staff.

After 14 years at the helm, Chris Johnson has stepped down as club chairman to be replaced by Mark Klimek.

Mike McCrow, who has been Colts chairman for almost the same number of years, has been succeeded by Jayne Cowell.

Both Johnson and McCrow have been instrumental in developing the strength of the Old Knebworth Lane cricket club and they will continue to lend support on the club's committee, with McCrow as vice-chairman.

With the new season only five weeks away, Klimek is busy getting the club into prime shape.

Previously a captain and social chairman at the club, he plans to introduce an invigorating programme of social events and sponsorship.

He said: "The aim is to do well on the field and to make sure that everyone is enjoying themselves off the field."

Outgoing chairman Johnson is optimistic about the future.

He said: "It was time for a change and already we're seeing a wave of enthusiasm with a number of new initiatives that bodes well for the year ahead."

A series of new sponsors and social events will help the Park to improve facilities as the club aims to build on the success of last season when the first team finished third in Saracens Herts League Division One and reached the final of the County Cup.

To kick-start the season, the club is going on a short tour to La Manga in Spain.

A number of 20/20 events, a six-a-side tournament, a veterans' day, a summer ball and sponsors' lunches are among the other activities planned.

Knebworth will be captained again by Herts all-rounder Tony Skeggs, with Aussie Jarrod Turner as his deputy.

The 2nd XI will be skippered by one of the club's young guns, Shaun Robinson, with Steve Holmes third team skipper, Bret Painter fourth team and John Inman fifths.

The club is keen to recruit new players for the coming season and anyone interested should phone the club's chairman of playing Paul Slade on 07968 163470 or first team captain Tony Skeggs on 07789 431066.

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