Dobson takes over as secretary of the Beckett League

Simon Dobson has taken over as secretary of the Beckett League
Simon Dobson has taken over as secretary of the Beckett League

The Readers Scarborough Beckett League have appointed a new secretary, with former Sherburn and Forge Valley stalwart Simon Dobson the man replacing former incumbent Ashley Winspear.

Winspear left his role in May after eight years in charge and the league have been unable to find anyone suitable to replace him until now.

Dobson (pictured below left) played for Valley for 20 years before making a return to his home village club Sherburn, where he finished his career this season after injuries brought a halt to his playing career.

Dobson faces a tough task at the helm, as both the Beckett and Derwent Valley Leagues suffered from a number of games during the summer being forfeited by teams unable to raise a side, but Dobson is upbeat about the future.

He said: “The league has a tremendous tradition and a rich heritage which we must respect and appreciate, however if all clubs, their players and ourselves work together, look to modernise, commit to our respective organisations and introduce some new, fresh ideas, we have a good opportunity of securing cricket for years to come.

“We need the assistance of clubs and players to embrace these ideas and make the league an attractive product, not only for the current participants but also to new recruits, past players and clubs who may wish to re-join us.

“The challenges the role brings are not to be underestimated.

“These are tricky times, not just for the Beckett League, but also for the village game across the country.”