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Ian Sutcliffe steps down as captain of BMI Sefton Hightown

BMI Sefton Hightown CC received the news last month that following last weekend's final fixtures, Ian Sutcliffe was to step down as their first XI captain, after a consecutive 11 seasons in the role.

Ian, as well as being a crucial contributor with both bat and ball, has lead the team to Liverpool Competition ECB Premier League consolidation during his tenure, despite promotion as champions from the First Division in 2004 and subsequent relegation, they returned 2nd placed in 2006 and have maintained top-flight status since. This is despite working with a small squad and this season having to cope with the aftermath of January's clubhouse fire.

Chris Scrine, Cricket Section Chairman, commented: "Ian has been an example to everybody at Hightown during his time as skipper both on and off the pitch. His loyalty and dedication shows his qualities as a cricketer and as a gentleman.”

Shaun Vosloo, long-serving team mate, added: "Ian is one of those special individuals who commands respect through the impeccable standards he sets himself in terms of his dedication, application and his competitive spirit. Not only does he set himself high standards but in turn he pushes all of his own team to attain similar levels, making themselves better individuals and better players. It has been a pleasure playing uner Ian's leadership and I look foward to playing alongside him, free of the burdens captaincy brings.”

The Committee and members wish to offer their appreciation for Ian and all his efforts, and wish him well as he continues his playing career in 2012.