New Scarborough Cricket Club first team skipper Sam Drury can’t wait to get going in his new role at North Marine Road.
Drury, who joins the club from Driffield, said: “I was after a new challenge and Scarborough was the best offer on the table. I’m excited to get going now.”
Drury played for his hometown club Driffield from the age of eight, and admits it was a tough decision to leave King’s Mill Road.
“It was a fairly tough decision to leave Driffield, my dad Mick is the chairman there and I’ve played there all my life,” added Drury, who is a middle-order batsman and part-time off-spinner.
“I’ve been thinking it over for a few months and I fancied a new challenge and also the chance to captain a side somewhere.
“I was vice-captain at Driffield for five years but never skipper, so the chance to come and play my home games at a ground like North Marine Road, and also to captain a club like Scarborough was a great opportunity.
“My dad is a bit disappointed I am leaving, but I’m sure he’ll support me in whatever I do.”
Drury, 27, who has enjoyed two spells playing for Mount Beauty in Victoria, Australia, is bringing three new signings to North Marine Road with him for the 2018 campaign.
Ex-Scarborough batsman James Pick, another former player Jonathan Read and Dunnington opening bowler Jonny Anderson will be turning out for the club next year.
Drury added: “I’m confident we can do well.
“There are some class players already at the club and the three new lads coming in will add to that.
“York are obviously very strong and I’d expect them to be up there again next year, but there are six or seven teams, including us, who could challenge them.”
Drury joins having played 260 first-team games and with over 7,000 runs under his belt, but admits he could do with improving his record at the prestigious North Marine Road ground going forward.
“I’ve never won a league game at North Marine Road, that’ll have to change soon,” added Drury.
“I have scored a couple of 50s there and won some cup games, it’s a great ground to play at.”