Bishop's Stortford Cricket Club appoint David Hughes and Luke Humphrey as coaches after captain Dom Chatfield moves to Radlett
Bishop's Stortford have announced two key appointments following the departure of first-team captain and head coach Dom Chatfield.
Chatfield has moved to reigning Saracens Hertfordshire League, Premier Division champions Radlett following the Cricketfield Lane side's relegation from the top flight this summer.
Stortford legend and former first-team skipper David Hughes has been appointed their new head of adult coaching.
And Luke Humphrey, from the Sawbridgeworth-based Hertfordshire and Essex Cricket Centre, has been named director of junior coaching.
Hughes captained Stortford from 2006 and led the team to three promotions and into the top division by 2010. He is currently head of cricket at Bishop's Stortford College.
Humphrey, who has over 20 years' coaching experience, has recently applied for the highest UK coaching qualification, the ECB Level 4 Award.
With the number of five- to eight-year-olds enjoying their cricket at the club growing and the girls' game becoming increasingly popular, Humphrey's knowledge will help them provide a first-class training programme and competitive action.
Chatfield, 28, said he was sad to be leaving Cricketfield Lane after seven seasons at the club and that the need to remain in the Premier League was his only motivation. He was captain for the last two summers and was also the head coach of the youth section.
The batting all-rounder helped Stortford win the Herts T20 Cup during his time there as well as reach the Premier League play-offs on a couple of occasions.
"It's more of a level for me to be playing my cricket at as I also play for the county - I need to stay in the Premier League and that's the only reason [for leaving]," said Chatfield, who joined Stortford from North Mymms in 2013.
"Radlett are expected to win things and, from a personal point of view, I think I'll be a better player in a team like that as I'll have to raise my standards.
"It's a shame to be leaving Stortford after seven seasons. I've got good friends there so there's a real sadness about leaving.
"I'm looking forward to going to Radlett and think it's the right choice as a player, but I'm leaving a club that I'm very fond of.
"I'll definitely look back at my seven years there as a big part of my cricketing life and I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone at the club. I wish them all the best and hope they bounce back soon."
Stortford are looking to recruit in different roles across the club. Anyone interested in joining should go to www.bishopsstortfordcc.com for more details.
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