harland quits

DARREN Harland has stepped down as captain of Scarborough Cricket Club after almost a decade.

Harland, 31, seized control of the first team in 2002 after former skipper Mark Cowell stepped down.

He will be replaced in the role by former Zimbabwean one-day international Piet Rinke, though opening bat Harland will remain as a first team player.

Harland said: “After nine years as captain I just thought it was time for a change.

“It does take it out of you because you have the selection dilemmas on a Saturday and players unable to play heading up to the weekend.

“There have been tough times, but we have always managed to turn things around.

“It’ll be nice to just play the game again without having the captaincy issues to deal with.

“I’ll have to get used to it, but it will be a little strange at first because I am used to being the captain.

“There can only be one skipper on the field though, but whatever happens I will be giving Piet my full support.”

Harland has been a key figure for the North Marine Road side over the 14 seasons he has spent with the club.

As well as pushing his way among the top run-scorers in the Yorkshire League in each season he plays, Harland has the proud honour of only missing one game during his time at Scarborough.

He said: “I haven’t missed a league game for 14 years, but I have been unavailable for two cup games.

“One of them, when I had a hamstring strain, was called off at Chester-le-Street because of snow.

“I did miss another against Gateshead Fell because of a back spasm.”