New captain appointed and batter signed for Blythe Cricket Club

A new skipper has been named

Blythe Cricket Club have unveiled a new club captain as they look ahead to a hopeful 2022 season.

The first team had a below par campaign in 2021, finishing ninth in Division 1 of the North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Premier Cricket League (NSSCPCL).

Blythe have now announced that captain of two years Christ Plant would be replaced as skipper of the senior side.

Taking over the mantle is Scott Degg, who took 28 wickets in both league and cup competitions last year.

Since first playing for Blythe in 2020, he has grabbed a total of 34 wickets in just under 200 overs. He has also earned 11 not-outs as a tail-ender.

Scott Degg / Photo credit: Blythe CC

He scored his highest NSSCPCL league single innings tally since 2009 last term, clipping 31 runs for the second team in April.

A spokesperson for Blythe Cricket Club tweeted: “Blythe CC are also pleased to announce that @scottdegg will be taking over as 1st XI captain for the 2022 campaign.

“We would like to thank @chrisplant92 for his work as skipper over the past two seasons.”



New batsman arrives at Blythe

Blythe CC also announced the arrival of marksman batter Ather Abid, formerly of Sandbach and Birkenhead Park.

He hit a whopping 1,786 runs in a single season for Sandbach in 2017 when he struck home his best NSSCPCL innings of 153 not out.

That season, Abid also took a nifty 51 wickets in a standout campaign for the 36-year-old.

Across his three-year spell at the club, Abid scored 3,175 runs, which included 22 half-centuries and six hundreds, and also took 77 wickets.

His best career record came in 2009 when he smashed an unbeaten 233 off 138 while playing for Manchester-based Lostock.

Abid went on to play for Alder Hey in Liverpool, winning a promotion with them, before going on to Tonge, Darcy Lever and ultimately Sandbach, where he also won a promotion.

The 2022 NSSCPCL season is scheduled to start on April 23.

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