This week, James Askew has resigned as first team captain after six years in charge. James has just been appointed the senior groundsman at Arundel Castle Cricket Ground and believes he won’t have the time to fully commit as captain of the first team. We would like to thank James for all his hard work over the six years and wish him good luck in his new role at one of the most prestigious cricket grounds in the world.
In his six years in charge, he led his side to two league titles, taking the club back into the Sussex League, and were back-to-back T20 cup winners. He finished with a win percentage of 59% in league games.
Taking over from James will be his brother Mike Askew and Mac Cox, who will share the captaincy role for the 2021 season.
The outgoing captain had this to say about his time in charge:
Due to starting my new job in February my journey as 1XI Captain is over and it has been 6 years of making great memories.
2015 was the year of heartbreak on the last day of the season but provided even more motivation to get the club back up the leagues.
2016 T20 Cup victory in front of strong travelling support at Preston Nomads and the first bit of silverware for the 1XI in years.
2017 created many memories. Ram Away Victory. Littlehampton never win at Ram! Arundel away sealing promotion back to the Sussex League and the league title. Winning by 1 wicket having had a huge batting collapse in true Littlehampton Style! Then retaining our T20 title at The Sportsfield against RMU.
2018 another league title and promotion.
2019 surviving with 1 game to go with a great win away at Worthing.
2020 the year of Covid disrupting all the plans made.
The journey we have been on is something I will never forget. Having watched the club survive relegation to the West Sussex Invitation League Division 2 in 2014 to being back into Sussex League Division 3 is a great achievement by everyone associated with the club.
It’s not just on the field stuff that brings me memories though. The togetherness that has grown in the last few years has been great to be a part of. The awful singing we have seen at the end of season karaoke’s, the fines and the controversial decisions they caused and the team nights out on the minibus which I thank Natasha Finneran-Arm for providing and driving.
A huge thanks to Ally James and Chris Heberlein for being my Vice Captains, to every single player who turned out for the 1xi in the last 6 seasons, Georgie Heberlein for scoring the majority of the games, my Dad and Natasha Finneran-Arm for stepping in when Georgie wasn’t available, Phil Tozer for umpiring many a game for me, Colin Treagus and Phil Merritt for stepping in to umpire when Phil couldn’t stand, Donna for making teas that are up there with the best in the county, Ally for making teas before Donna arrived, the captains of the other sides who we have had many discussions over team selections, Ben Horley for preparing many wickets for games and training for the 1XI and finally the committee who allowed me to take the side on the journey of promotion back to the Sussex League
I look forward to supporting Mike and Mac as much as possible when work allows and wish them all the best as they take on the job of continuing to progress with this great team. I strongly believe the club is heading in the right direction. As well as the seniors heading in the right direction the colts section is growing and with Mike and his team of coaches leading, there are many players already showing the potential of reaching the 1xi in the years to come.
Hope everyone is staying safe and I hope to see as many people as possible up the ground once we can start playing again