Preston Nomads CC is delighted to announce that Chris Fletcher has been appointed as our new Director of Junior Cricket.
As you are probably aware, since Kash Ibrahim’s decision to step down, we have been searching for someone to lead the Junior section. Now that Preston Nomads are a Charity with the Key Objective to increase participation in recreational cricket at a junior level, this appointment is absolutely critical to the club.
The club interviewed several candidates but it was thought that Chris best met our criteria.
Chris is a qualified ECB Club Coach (Level 3), is highly regarded by many clubs, coaches the South Area juniors for Sussex County Cricket Club and is a Vice President of PNCC.
Chris was signed as a professional cricketer by Sussex in 1976 after the ‘Tony Grieg Find a Fast Bowler Competition’ held at Sussex CCC, following England’s 0-5 drubbing by the West Indies.
A serious shoulder injury playing rugby in the off-season restricted Chris’ bowling opportunities and major surgery was required. Although the operation enabled Chris to bowl, the pace that he was recognised for had been reduced. Sussex kept faith with Chris and he became a key member of the 2nd XI Championship winning team in 1978 and played in the U25 knock-out final beating Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 1980.
On leaving Sussex, Chris went on to play professionally in New Zealand, South Africa and The Netherlands, before using his experience to become a sort-after coach in clubs and schools. He also played in the Preston Nomads side that won the Sussex League in 1988. A great coaching opportunity took him back to Cape Town, South Africa in the 1990s, before returning to England in 1999. After several years as a journalist, Chris went into teaching as a PE and Games teacher at Windlesham House School, before retiring in 2017. He also has a long-standing connection as a coach at the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation, with former Sussex CCC captain, John Barclay.
Chris lives locally and is thoroughly looking forward to the role.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank Kash and Zuni Ibrahim for all their enthusiasm and excellent work with the Junior section over the years. Zuni has kindly agreed to stay on as Womens’ Welfare Officer for the Club.
Andy Smith - 24/01/2019