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Changes aplenty at Baildon


Simon Bailey is taking the first team reigns in 2014


After a disappointing season for the first team and the departures of several key and long standing players including captain Craig Hitchenor and vice captain Simon Webb the club is happy to announce that Simon Bailey has been appointed captain for 2014. The former Keighley left handed middle order batsman and off spin bowler joined the club in 2013 and will undoubtedly bring a new approach. He has a big task on his hands and is determined to make the club more of a club again including a more proactive approach to training on a Tuesday evening, something that had been sadly lacking in previous years. We wish him well.



James Butterfield - Mr Chairman


This isn't the only change, a more youthful look will be seen on the committee with James Butterfield filling the vacant Chairman's role, Jamie Abbott taking on the role of Secretary from Don Butterfield and Ashley Free taking on responsibility of selection and team organisation from second team right down to the juniors.


Chances are all the senior sides will have new captains in 2014, confirming that the club is entering a new era. With an ever thinning committee it was seen that the time was right to install a more youthful look to the top of the club which should attract the right type of individuals to the club moving forward. The first team as already mentioned will be led by Simon Bailey and the third team will have a new skipper in Daniel Metcalfe who in his mid twenties is the right type to help bring through our promising juniors including Haris Hussain and Daniel Hunt from Dales Council beginnings to hopefully a long lasting successful Bradford League career with Baildon. There is the distinct possibility that the club will go to 4 teams next year which will mean less stress for the captains running around after players on a Friday night! 


The club will also be starting up an Under 17 side in 2014 which again will help develop the younger players as well as testing themselves against the best of their own age group. The likes of Kane Withall (Saltaire), Haris Hussain (Menston) and James Hunt (Menston) had been playing their junior cricket elsewhere this season so to have them playing all their cricket at Baildon will be welcome.