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Mike Roe stands down as 3rd XI Captain

 

Bath Cricket Club would like to announce that Mike Roe has decided to step down as captain of the 3rd XI. However, Mike will remain as vice captain and the club will use his great attributes and experience to help mentor the other captains within the club.
Way back in 1995 Mike started his long impressive captaincy stint within the club by leading the 1st XI taking over from Andy Hood. This was the start of a truly successful era for the club with the highlight of Mike captaining the Lords national final team in 1998. Mike continued as club captain for five seasons and then was promoted to Director of Cricket when Stu Priscott took over the role as club captain in 1999.
It was during this golden period when Mike was either captain or Director of Cricket that the club went on to win many titles and therefore became the leading cricket club within the south of England both on and off the field.
Latterly Mike combined a duo role of being Chairman and captain of the second team, which was again a hugely successful period for Mike and his team, winning the league 12 times over a 14-year period.  During this time success shouldn’t be just measured by the titles won but by the sheer number of young players that came through the second XI, ready to make the jump to 1st XI status.
In 2013 Mike took on a different challenge when he took over the 3rd XI. He led them brilliantly, balancing the task of providing a winning mentality within an environment which focused on learning and development.

The fact that we were one win away from winning another league title last year and the fact that we have had an abundance of young players progressing from his team ready for 2nd XI cricket is testament to the fact that he achieved this goal. It is clear that the club are going to miss his presence at the helm and there are some very big shoes to fill.

Cricket Director Gregg Brown said “ I came to the club from Lansdown back in 1999 pretty much because of Mike. He impressed me by the way he had transformed the club from a under achieving one to the most successful club in the South West. He did this overnight and the club will always be grateful for this. He gave the club this winning mentality, its no coincidence that he was leading the club throughout the most successful period in its history, first of as Club captain then as DOC and finally as Chairman. The biggest compliment I can give Mike is that he was one of the best captain’s that I have played under and really got the best out of me. I will always set my standards by Mike’s and will try to continue his brilliant work within the club with my tenure as DOC. We are grateful that he has offered to mentor the captains, and will remain a lead cricketer within the senior group”

Club Manager Rob Maggs also added “ In my 10 years at the Club Mike Roe has helped me in many ways. What stands out for me is his continued drive to do what is best for the club and the young players. If I look at the players today in which he has helped he should truly be proud of what he has achieved. I for one will forever be grateful for his support and look forward to continue to watch him perform around the club. He still has so much to offer the young captains for now and in the future. I will be encouraging them all to pay Roey a visit. Thanks for everything Mike and I look forward to seeing you score some well deserved runs at the top of the order this summer”

It is at this stage that the Club can announce that Mike’s replacement as 3rd XI captain is Ted Roe (Mike’s son) we wish him all the very best for the 2016 season, they will make a great father and son team.

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