Wright back for second stint as Himley skipper

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GREG Wright says he is relishing the challenge after agreeing to a second stint as Himley captain.

The 33-year-old takes over from Stuart Wedge, who replaced Wright in 2010 and guided the Stourbridge Road outfit to top three finishes in the Birmingham Premier League the past two seasons.

When Wright, pictured, originally stepped down, he cited being unable to devote enough time to the role as a reason behind his decision.

But he is confident of coping with the pressure and says the opportunity to lead the club’s exciting crop of young players was too good to turn down.

He said: “Wedgie (Wedge) had done a couple of years and felt it was time to take a backseat.

“He’s had a shoulder injury and wants to get that sorted and concentrate on his own game. He’s obviously a top class cricketer and we need him firing at his best.

“I’m still very much involved at the club, we are planning to take a slightly different direction from now on and as I know the guys it makes sense.

“It may only be for one year, we’ll just have to see.”

Wright plans to delegate some duties to newly-appointed vice-captain Nathan Round, while the club has decided not to bring in an overseas player for next term as they look to develop talented youngsters like Jamie Harris, Oliver Westbury and Tom Kohler-Cadmore.

Wright added: “The chance to develop the young players is one of the main reasons I put my hand up.

“The money you have to raise for an overseas player is a struggle in the current climate and tough to sustain.

“We want to develop these players and if five, six or seven make it through to the first-team it will benefit the club hugely.

“Of course, we aren’t naive enough to think we can do it all with young players. It is a question of finding the right balance.

“But it would be a tragedy and a crime to nurture these guys and then ignore them.”

Wright is also confident the added responsibility will not affect his own performance after scoring more than 700 runs in both of the past two seasons opening the batting, earning the Birmingham League Player of the Year accolade last term.

He said: “When I was captain I messed around with my place in the batting order.

“I lost concentration in my own game and I must admit when I stood down I wondered whether I was good enough to get in the side.

“It had been a long time since I had opened the batting and I never expected the success I’ve had over the past two years.

“This time around I’m planning to delegate more, rather than assuming total control and I’m confident I can perform well again.”

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