Gingell steps up to captain Sidmouth 1st XI in 2019
NICK Gingell has taken over as captain of Premier champions Sidmouth from title-winning skipper Luke Bess.
Bess had three seasons as skipper, during which he won the last Devon KO Cup in the 50-over format in 2016 as well as Premier title in 2016 and 2018.
Three years in post as Sidmouth captain is not long compared to predecessor Will Murray (2007-2015), but long enough for Bess to achieve what he wanted.
Freed from the captaincy, Bess is looking to concentrate on his batting and scoring enough runs to become a permanent fixture in the Devon side.
Following the retirement of older brother Josh as a player and county captain, there is a vacancy for a batsman in the Devon team.
Gingell has quickly slipped into his new role, orchestrating the arrival of Matt Parker from Bradninch.
Other new signings are on the cards, among them a top-order batsman who made more than 400 Premier runs with his current club last season.
Gingell, a talented sportsman who has represented Sidmouth at soccer, rugby and golf, was Murray’s right-hand man for four seasons and skippered the 2ndXI in 2014.