GEORGE CHISHOLM APPOINTED CAPTAIN FOR 2018/2019 SEASON

Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club has appointed George Chisholm as First Xl captain for next summer.

“With Shane Franklin stepping down, George is the obvious replacement,” said the club’s Director of Cricket, Devon Royce. “He is a former junior who has worked his way through the ranks, winning a premiership in the Second Xl before becoming a prominent member of the First Xl as an opening batsman of class, as well as a handy off-spinner. George is a natural leader who has the respect of the playing group.”

Royce also paid tribute to Franklin, who captained the Two Blues for the past two summers, leading them to the finals in 2016/17.

“Our club was lucky to have Shane join us at a pivotal moment in our history,” Royce said. “With his rich experience both here in Australia and overseas, he has been a wise and calming influence on what is still a very young First Xl side and he has played a key role in developing George to the point where he can now step up to his new role.

“As a club, our focus has been on developing our juniors but while that happens, you need steadying influences and Shane has been that and more. It is fantastic that because of Shane’s influence, we can now appoint as our First Xl captain a player who has been a long-term member of our club.

“George Chisholm was a member of an Under 13’s premiership team and he made his senior debut 11 summers ago and by blossoming into our new First Xl captain, provides leadership and inspiration for all the youngsters coming through our junior programs.”

George said he was honoured by the appointment.

“I have grown up in the Newtown and Chilwell Cricket and it holds a special place in my life,” he said. “I have always considered it a privilege to just play with the Two Blues, to be asked to be the First Xl captain is both a great honour and a great challenge, one in which I will be helped by the emerging talent we have at the club.”