Staffordshire outfit Rugeley Cricket Club have elected a long-term member as their new chairman.
The first team had a disappointing 2021 season having finished bottom of the South Staffordshire County League Premier Division, winning just two of their 20 matches.
As a result, they will be playing Division 1 cricket next year.
However, their seconds were promoted to Division 2 after finishing second in Division 3.
Rugeley had been without a chairman since the sad passing of John Carter just over a year ago.
But the club have now announced that Chris Saunders has taken on the role.
Having played in all three of the club’s teams at various points, Saunders has had a big hand in organising charity days and disability cricket tournaments.
Carl Knight becomes vice chairman while John Mahoney stays on as president.
Stuart Talbot also retains his role of secretary.
Tribute to former Rugeley chairman John Carter
Upon his unveiling, Saunders paid tribute to his late predecessor.
“Firstly, to have the opportunity to become chairman of Rugeley Cricket Club is a great honour,” he said.
“After the sad passing of John Carter (JC), under whom I served as secretary for two years, just over a year ago the club has run without a chairman in place until last week’s AGM.
“I have been fortunate enough to take the club over in an excellent position on all fronts, which is testimony to JC and those who have held the club together over the last year; particularly John Mahoney and Stuart Talbot.
“JC did a lot of work to get the club where it is today. I can take over from him, but I could never replace JC, nor would I ever try. The club will move forward in honour of JC.”
Saunders gave an update on developments that have been happening at Rugeley Cricket Club.
One of John’s wishes was to change and adjacent field at Chaseley Road into another pitch to allow the club’s third team to play home games there.
A fundraiser set up in his name raised more than £4,200 to make this happen.
Saunders said: “Steady progress is continuing to be made in turning the field next door into a third team ground, and we’re hoping to be playing on there in 2024, in time for the clubs 175th anniversary.”
The club will name the new ground The John Carter Memorial Ground in his memory.
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