Thorne steps down as Filby takes Slinfold skipper role

Cricket. Sussex  League Division 4

Slinfold V Glynde
Action from the match
Bowling for Slinfold is Guy Thorne
Picture: Liz Pearce
06/08/2016

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Cricket. Sussex League Division 4 Slinfold V Glynde Action from the match Bowling for Slinfold is Guy Thorne Picture: Liz Pearce 06/08/2016 LP1600391 SUS-160708-000634008
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Outgoing Slinfold skipper Guy Thorne says he is happy to stand aside with the club in a ‘strong and settled’ position.

Having overseen their promotion last season, the all-rounder is stepping down from his role as captain.

Tom Filby will take the reins as Slinfold embark on life in a restructured Sussex League Division 4 this year.

Last year’s success was a highlight for Thorne, who revealed: “I’ve skippered seven of the last 10 years at the club and last year, both on and off the pitch, was a really great year for our club. We have good squad depth and a great social environment.

“I just felt having secured promotion last year and with the club in a strong and settled position, now was as good a time as any to stand aside and let someone else take things on with a fresh approach.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time leading the club and I’m sure it’s something I’ll come back to again in the future. Last year’s promotion was most definitely a highlight and my most enjoyable year as skipper.

“We had a relatively inexperienced side, but a really positive atmosphere and lads that wanted to play for each other, in addition to the X factor we had with Akeem Jordan, who once again will be returning for us in May 2017.”

The former skipper is also backing his replacement to be a success in his role, praising his ability to work with the younger members of the squad.

Thorne added: “I pass over the reigns to Tom Filby who had a tremendous second half of the season last year with both bat and ball having missed the first half of the season, and he’s keen and looking forward to the challenge.

“First and foremost Tom is a really top lad in addition to being a fantastic cricketer, he’s very positive, great with our younger lads, and encourages everyone around him. Everyone will be looking forward to playing for him.

“I’ll still be around in a playing capacity as much as possible, in what will no doubt be a difficult Division 4 this year.”