New skipper Elvidge ushers in a new era at Scarborough

New Scarborough CC signings line up wtih newly-appointed first team skipper and head coach Neil Elvidge. Picture: Steve Lilly
New Scarborough CC signings line up wtih newly-appointed first team skipper and head coach Neil Elvidge. Picture: Steve Lilly

A new era is set to get under way at Scarborough Cricket Club this season with new skipper Neil Elvidge leading a new-look side into their maiden season in the York League.

Elvidge will be embarking on his third spell at North Marine Road, this time as skipper and head coach as Scarborough spend one season in the York Premier League before they sign up for the new Yorkshire Super League.

Elvidge is delighted to be given the honour of leading out Scarborough this season.

“It’s a massive honour,” said Elvidge (pictured left).

“I just want to turn things around here, enjoy the cricket on the field and be as successful as possible.

“Things need to be turned around both on and off the field and we’re planning on doing that, right from the first team down to the third team.

“This will be like my second home this year, we’re determined to turn things around.

“It’s a great challenge. Leaving Flixton was a difficult decision, but it’s one I want to take on.

“I love batting down here, hopefully I can get some big runs this year to help the team.”

Elvidge has moved quickly to bring in some fresh talent, including Yorkshire prospect Ryan Gibson and former Heslerton duo Kristian Wilkinson and Alex Carrie.

Elvidge added: “We’ve brought in some good players.

“I’m over the moon to have Kristian here. The first time I saw him bowl was here at North Marine Road and I think the wicket suits him perfectly.

“Fingers crossed the new guys will fit in straight away.”

Wilkinson said: “It’s too good an opportunity to miss out on really.

“Neil really sold it to me.

“Leaving Heslerton was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.”

Carrie added: “It’s a great wicket and set-up down here and I can’t wait to get going now. It’s a new challenge and I can’t wait.”

Elvidge has also enlisted Mark Cowell, a former player of the club, to run the second team, and he has brought his son Charlie along with him.

Mark, who was captain of the first team, said: “I’ve returned mainly to help Charlie progress with his cricket.

“Hopefully he’ll move into the first team and I can help develop some of the younger players.”

Charlie, who also plays for Lancashire, added: “I’ve played here for Lancashire and it’s a great ground.

“I’ve set myself some targets for the season and I hope I can make an impact.”

Lewis Brearley has joined from Fylingdales, with spinner Matty Watson also looking to make an impact again.

Scarborough’s nets started on Monday and run for six weeks, from 7-8.30pm at Bramcote School.