MILFORD Hall Cricket Club’s Dave Smith is the new chairman of Staffordshire Cricket.
He succeeds Gerald Williams who stood down from the role earlier this month.
“My wife, Irene suffered a stroke in May 2013 and a recent set-back has meant that my priority is supporting her in her rehabilitation,” said Williams.
Smith, current chairman of Milford Hall CC and a director of Staffs Cricket, takes over the position. He is also chairman of Staffs Groundmen’s Association.
“I would like to thank Gerald for his valued contribution to the game in Staffs over many years, especially the most recent six where he has overseen significant change in the way recreational cricket is governed and measured.
“He will continue is his director’s role and we look forward to keeping Staffs a high-performing and well-regarded county cricket board.
“On behalf of cricket people in the county I would like to wish Gerald and Irene the very best in the future.”
On the Milford scene, the club have marched into the last 16 of t he Davidstow National Village Cup - with the final to be played at Lord’s in September.
Milford saw off Fillongley (Warks) in round five and now face a trip to Herefordshire side Colwall. In Sunday’s clash,
Fillongley started well with some tight bowling and smart fielding, but Matt Cottrell (56) and Paul Hollinshead (33) added 51 for the third wicket.
The pairing of Will Burrows (28), brother Ben and Kev Royce (both 25) enabled Milford to eventually close on 202-8.
But the Warks Premier division side were unable to compete with young Milford bowlers Jordan Bulpitt (4-40) and Sam Jeavons (3-36) and were all out for 100 as Milford recorded a fine victory.