After six years in charge, and five consecutive Four Counties Division 1 crowns, Richard Bryce is stepping down as captain of North Crawley.
Bryce led his side to yet another trophy this season, but hinted before a ball was even bowled that he may be stepping down at the end of the campaign.
And after blooding the league’s leading runs scorer Alex Walker as his replacement, Bryce feels now is the right time to step aside.
“To be honest with you, I didn’t want the job when it was offered to me!” he said. “I’ve played for 40 years, and 21 of those have been as a captain for various clubs.
“But it has been so easy here, with everyone at the club doing their bit to make being the captain so easy.
“Alex has been my vice captain all season, and I think he’s excited to be offered the chance to take over next season, and with a young vice captain of his own, the club will be in safe hands for years.”
While Bryce is relinquishing his captaincy at the top, he won’t be hanging up his pads just yet.
He said: “I feel I can still do a job. We only used five bowlers this season, and we all took at least 25 wickets so as long as I’m needed, I’ll keep playing for the 1sts.
“But of course if they want me in the 2nds, it makes it easier to drop me now!”
And it may be something he has to get used to, with a strong youth contingent ready and raring to go.
“Something I’ve been really proud of in my time here has been the number of young players we’ve had come through to play in the adult sides,” Bryce added.
“These young lads have all played together for years, there’s a great club spirit through all the squads, and we all want each other to do well.
“We’ve got a really great club here.”