Tynemouth Cricket Club are looking for a new chairman after Russell Perry said he was standing down due to commitments elsewhere.
Perry made the announcement ahead of the club’s AGM and brings to an end nine years in the role and 18 years as Director of Cricket at the club.
But he has found himself increasingly committed to major roles with the Northumberland Cricket Board.
In a statement to members, Perry announced his decision which Tynemouth are already having to absorb and a suitable appointment is anticipated to be elected at the upcoming AGM.
He said: “Having spent a significant amount of time reflecting over recent months on the time pressures I am under from other commitments, I would wish to confirm my intention to stand down from the chair and also the committee at the forthcoming AGM.
“I have served on the club committee for 18 years, the last nine as chairman. This has been an enormous privilege and I look back with immense pride on the progress we have made as a club.
“Our facility, the standard of play, our strong volunteer base and our place at the heart of the community is something of which we should be immensely proud it is with a heavy heart that I have come to this decision.
“I would like to thank all those who have helped and supported me over the years. The club is blessed with a fantastic group of dedicated and skilled volunteers.”
Perry joined Tynemouth as a coach in 1996. He helped develop the talents of Nicky Peng, Gordon Muchall, Richard Coughtrie and Paul Muchall, all of whom went on to play first class cricket.
His role as an ECB Staff Coach saw him train hundreds of coaches and teachers in the area. He was appointed chairman of Northumberland Cricket Board four years ago having served on the Board since 1989.
He was awarded a Sport England Services to Northern Sport in 1992, an ECB Outstanding Services to Coaching Award in 2011 and fronted the Sky Television coverage of the club in 2006 as it piloted the first Chance to Shine Programme in the County.