Tuesday 24 April 2007 

Heath Streak Steps Down As Captain For Maddy

Heath Streak has decided to step down as Club Captain and new signing Darren Maddy will lead the team for the rest of the season.

Commenting on the development Streak said: “I have been contemplating this move for some time and I feel it is the right thing to do. The captaincy has been affecting my personal game. Towards the end of last season Nick Knight helped me by making a number of the on-field decisions whilst I was bowling and we have adopted a similar approach in our pre and early season games this year using other senior players. It has been an honour to Captain the Bears, but I have come to the conclusion that it is now in the team’s best interest for someone else to take over the leadership role on a permanent basis. Darren has settled well at the Club, he is on top of his game and is an ideal candidate for me to hand over to. I will do all I can to give him my full support and focus on getting some high quality, consistent performances under my belt. We have started well as a side and I am confident we will have a good season”.

Darren Maddy commented: “It will be a real honour to lead out the side on Wednesday. Streaky has taken a difficult personal decision but I am confident he will continue to give his all for the Bears. For my part I will be working as hard as I can to re-pay the confidence the Club has placed in me by making this appointment.”

Director of Coaching, Mark Greatbatch, added: “It is testament to Heath’s honesty and integrity as well as to his commitment to do what he believes is best for the team that he has taken this decision, having talked things through with myself and his Vice Captain, Ashley Giles.

Ashley is, of course, centrally contracted with England and currently undergoing a further period of rehabilitation with his hip but he will continue to play a major role in our leadership team both on and off the pitch”.

Colin Povey, Chief Executive, “I would like to thank Heath for all he has done for the Club during his time as Captain. We are fortunate that we have experienced players of the quality of Streaky, Ash and Mads. We have worked hard over the winter months to develop the leadership skills of all our players and I am confident we will have a smooth transition. Darren will lead the Bears for the first time, at home against the Champions, Sussex, on Wednesday. I know the whole squad will be pulling together and is looking forward to the challenge. I wish Darren and the team every success”.