News: Changes aplenty for 2018

by John Wilson and Marcus Smith


New 1st XI captain and squad additions; 2nd XI leadership changes; and Woodhouse Grange's first ever Director of Cricket


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Tom Quinn is the new 2nd XI Captain

Burdett_SD. 2012.BOW001 1622Wx830HSteve Burdett (bowling) has been appointed Director of Cricket  

The recent AGM endorsed several changes and, in particular, Woodhouse Grange is absolutely delighted to welcome James Finch to the club as 1st XI captain for the 2018 season.

James has joined Woodhouse Grange from Barnard Castle CC, who play in the North Yorkshire South Durham League (NYSD) and which is also an ECB Premier League. James captained Barnard Castle for several years and led them to very significant success including being NYSD champions in 2016.  

A genuine all-rounder who bowls off-spin and usually bats in the middle-order, James he has also played for Yorkshire CCC 2nd XI.

In addition to welcoming James, we are equally delighted that Simon Tennant is also joining us from Barnard Castle CC. Simon is a top-order batsman who also bowls off-spin, and he too has represented Yorkshire CCC 2nd XI.

Andrew Bilton will assume vice-captaincy of the first team. Andrew has done an outstanding job as captain over the last two years, his leadership being instrumental in establishing the club in the Yorkshire Premier League. The club are very pleased that he has has kindly agreed to take on the number 2 role, in which he will provide invaluable support to the new man at the helm.  

It is also all change in the 2nd XI with Tom Quinn, for so long a 1st XI stalwart, taking over the captaincy. Tom replaces Rob Daniel, who returns to the ranks after 3 years of sterling service. Wicketkeeper Richard Winterburn will help galvanise the side in his new role as vice-captain.

To support James and all the other captains and vice-captains, Woodhouse Grange has appointed Steve Burdett as Director of Cricket.

Steve will oversee all cricketing matters at the club - including junior cricket - as well as, needless to say, continuing to play for the 1st XI. 

Steve heads-up a newly restructured the cricket committee; and it is particularly pleasing to see Nick Hadfield, one of the club’s finest ever players, as one those joining this committee. 

This combination of changes seriously strengthens the club from both a playing and an organisational perspective, and we wish all these new appointees every success for what should be an exciting and interesting 2018.