SCARBOROUGH Cricket Club have confirmed Andrew Simpson (pictured left) as the man who will replace Zimbabwean Piet Rinke as their first XI captain for the 2012 campaign.
Rinke left the country at the end of the 2011 campaign to return to his native Zimbabwe, and the club have moved to appoint his successor ahead of their AGM.
The club underwent something of a transitional campaign in 2011, choosing not to replace their 2010 overseas bowler Hamish Evans, instead focussing their efforts on the club’s younger players, including seam bowler Jack Holt.
It remains to be seen if Simpson will want to continue adopting the same youth policy, but the club finished the season in a healthy position under Rinke and also made it through to the final of the Yorkshire League Knockout Cup, losing to Yorkshire Academy.
A club statement read: “Scarborough Cricket Club is pleased to announce that Mr Andrew Simpson has been appointed the club and first XI captain for the 2012 season.
“Andrew joined the club for the 2010 season from Hull Cricket Club where he had played for several seasons.
“In his final season there, in 2009, he had scored 1,259 league runs at an average of 54.70.
“In both his two seasons at Scarborough he has been prolific with the bat, scoring 1,110 league runs in 2010, the second most in the Yorkshire League, at an average of 48.26 including five centuries, with a highest score of 175, which was the highest league score that season.
“In all matches he scored 1,348 runs at an average of 49.93.
“He also took 31 wickets in the season at an average of 17.84.
“In 2011 he scored 1,169 league runs, the only player in the league to reach 1,000 runs, at an average of 55.67 including three centuries and eight fifties, with a highest score of 122.
“In all matches he scored 1,557 runs at an average of 55.61.
“He also took 18 wickets at an average of 26.56.
“The committee wishes him and the team every success for the forthcoming season.”
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