Dexter Fitton has decided to stand down as Norden cricket chairman and as a player.
Dexter had been in the game since the early 1980s when his talents as a Rochdale amateur caught the eye of Lancashire County.
Following a five-year spell with the County he served as professional fir Littleborough and Milnrow.
He has also been paid man at Stockport and Radcliffe and served as deputy professional for many clubs. There was also a stint with a club in New Zealand.
Dexter first joined Norden as junior coach, and he joined as a player in 2009.
In that 2009 season Stags finished runners-up to Monton and Weaste on a fourth countback following a tie on points and overall wins.
Since then Stags have been league champions four times, Wood Cup winners twice and finalists on another occasion, Tom Hardman T20 winners, North West T20 champions, and Lancashire Cup finalists twice (winners in 2019).
In the same spell the Club’s second team were league champions twice and Burton Cup winners, and the third team won honours in the Halifax Sunday League. There was also success for the ladies’ softball team.
Off-field Dexter helped to oversee the changes from Central Lancashire League to Pennine League to Lancashire League.
He now plans to just sit back and watch cricket.
Tributes will follow when available.
An end of season working party will be held at Stag Park on Saturday 26 September, 10am to noon, and not this coming weekend as previously announced. Refreshments will be available. All help greatly appreciated.
STAGS have lost the services of Simon Wystawnoha who has accepted a job in the Middle East.
Simon took over captaincy of the third team at a time of transition, with the team moving from the Halifax Sunday League into the Lancashire League 3rd teams division.
It was a tough ask going into the unknown, but Simon led the team superbly to a 7th overall finish in the table and a place in what would have been the 3rd teams top division this season.
Following a shortened 2020 campaign many tributes were paid to Simon from players, parents of junior players, and club officials.
Simon said: “It’s been a pleasure to run the team and to make great friendships.
“I am extra proud of the number of players who have played in the third team in the last two years and are now playing, or have played, in the first team.
“I hope whoever takes over running the side continues to develop the young players and continues to play good tough cricket.
“I am sure next season will be a good one for the team as young players mature and other players return.”
CHASING a total of 163 Stags seconds looked on course at 93 for three, but a collapse saw them all out for 127.
Conor Gaydon took three for 43. Rezaul Islam hit 37, and Spencer Allen scored 32.
FULL SCORECARD ON PLAY CRICKET
STAGS season ended in defeat at Crompton on Sunday,
They posted a total of 188 for eight and Crompton replied with 189 for eight.
Harvey Fitton and Joe Humphreys put on 31 for the first wicket, but they fell within nine runs of each other before Steve Pimm and Jake Sandham took command of the bowling.
The pair put on 123 before Pimm was bowled by Denis Louis for 51,
Sandham was next to go for 65, and from being 172 for three Stags crumbled as the overs ran out.
Chris and Joe Humphreys got among the early batting, and with Sami Waheed taking two wickets Crompton found themselves on 116 for five.
Simon Wright and Adam Good changed the game with a decent partnership, and Crompton got over the line with two and a half overs to spare.
FULL SCORECARD ON NORDEN PLAY CRICKET