New England coach Croft at March Town

March Cricket Club Annual Dinner with guest speaker former England player Robert Croft. FLtoR Stephen Wallis. Alan Day. Robert Croft. Norman Alterton. John West. ANL-160116-095359009
March Cricket Club Annual Dinner with guest speaker former England player Robert Croft. FLtoR Stephen Wallis. Alan Day. Robert Croft. Norman Alterton. John West. ANL-160116-095359009
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New member of England’s coaching staff Robert Croft was the guest speaker at March Town Cricket Club’s annual dinner on Friday.

The former off-spinning international will join England’s coaching team for the one-day leg of their current successful tour to South Africa.

Croft, who played 21 Tests and 50 one-day internationals for England, will work with the spin bowlers for a 12-day period. The 45-year-old is currently on the coaching staff at his former county Glamorgan.

Croft entertained 60 members and guests at MTCC with amusing stories from his playing career. The Welshman regaled some memorable moments with ex-England coach Duncan Fletcher, Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis and the legendary West Indies batsman Sir Viv Richards.

The annual dinner, which was the 30th to be held at the pavilion, was organised by Stephen Wallis (secretary), John West (committee member) and Norman Alterton (life member).

The following officials were expected to be appointed last night.

The new 1st XI captain is 21-year-old opening bowler Tyler Phillips, succeeding Jody Betts who has decided to step down.

The new vice-captain is 1st XI all-rounder James Harradine. Phillips was vice-captain in 2015.

Election of officers – president: Alan Day.

1st XI captain: Saturday Tyler Phillips (*), vice captain (v-c) James Harradine (*); 1st XI captain, Sunday: Toby Nulty (*), v-c Andrew Wright (*).

2nd XI captain Saturday: John Wallis; 2nd XI captain Sunday: Curtis Oldroyd (*), v-c Sam Mason (*).

3rd XI captain: Anthony Henson, v-c Jacob Gray (*). 4th XI captain: Luke Fage (*), v-c Simon Bradshaw (*).

Hon secretary Stephen Wallis; hon treasurer Alan Day; hon fixture secretary Pat Ringham.

Committee members: Terry Hunt, Sarah Lambert (*), Nick Lowe, Les Mills, Gary Nicholls, Tara Nulty (*), Nathan Oliver (*), Chris Ringham, Graham Smart, Matthew Vail, John West.

(*) = new appointment.