Cafferkey to start a second stint as Ramsey captain

Michael Cafferkey is back as Ramsey captain next season. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

Michael Cafferkey is back as Ramsey captain next season. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Michael Cafferkey will be plotting Ramsey’s challenge for Tucker Gardner League Division One glory next summer.

Cafferkey has been appointed as captain of the Cricketfield Lane club for a second time after Taylor West stepped down due to increased work commitments.

West guided Ramsey to title glory in the 2014 campaign - his first at the helm - before they took fourth place last term.

Cafferkey said: “Taylor has become pretty tied up with work and couldn’t commit to another season of captaincy. I put myself forward to do the job again and hopefully we can be up there challenging as usual.

“Last season was a bit disappointing although it can often be the case in sport that defending a title is harder than winning it in the first place.

“Other teams tend to try that bit harder to beat the champions and we also messed up in a couple of important games.

“The focus wasn’t all on the first team though and towards the end of the season we concentrated on getting the seconds promoted.

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“But we still managed to finish fourth and we’ve not finished outside the top four in the last five years.

“I’ll be disappointed if we can’t continue that run next summer although it’s going to be a tough league again with Godmanchester missing out on promotion, Saffron Walden being relegated and Wisbech being there or thereabouts as usual.”

Cafferkey confirmed high-scoring Australian batsman Dean Jones - who is also a capable of off-spinner - will remain with the club.

Jones played predominantly for the seconds after arriving in this country, but made his mark in the Tucker Gardner League towards the end of the campaign.

Fellow Aussie, spinner Joe Barningham, who qualifies as a Brit, will also return to Cricketfield Lane.