St Andrews Cricket Club can confirm that our Club President Mike Prentice has stood down from his role with immediate effect, and will be replaced by former Club Chair Nick Ellis.
Having assumed the role in the early 2010s and amongst other contributions, been involved in securing funding for the building of our nets and storage facility, Mike has had a significant and lasting impact on St Andrews Cricket Club. During his time as a team manager in the Junior section, Mike was also a big part of the cricketing education of a number of current St Andrews players, as well as his son Fynn who now plays professional cricket for Derbyshire in the County Championship.
Now he has moved away from the Burgess Hill area, Mike feels it is best to hand over the
role to someone who can be proactive and contribute more to the running of the club.
After the executive was informed of Mike’s intention to leave the post, we identified Nick Ellis as our preferred replacement, and we are pleased to announce he has accepted the role.
Mike Prentice, outgoing Club President said:
“It is with a heavy heart that I leave the role of President of St Andrews Cricket Club but feel it is important that going forward the club has a more visible and active member at the helm.
The club formed a significant part of my time in Sussex, especially around the time of bringing up my children and working alongside many members of the club was a great privilege. I take away with me some life-long friendships, fantastic memories and experiences, which I hope others also enjoyed sharing.
I wish the club, its members and Nick every success in the future. Nick has been a club stalwart for many years and I am certain he will be a great asset in the role of president.”
Nick Ellis, incoming Club President said:
“Firstly I have to acknowledge the fine work by Mike during his time as President. I’m sure we all wish him success and happiness in his future.
I look forward to working with our Chair, Jack Barton, and his young team on the Executive and being available to help them as required. This being our 100 year anniversary let’s go all out to enjoy our cricket, and I’m sure the good results will follow. After the restrictions we’ve all endured in the last 12 months, it is time to get out there and enjoy the greatest summer sport.”
Jack Barton, Club Chair said:
“We understand and accept Mike’s decision to stand down. It is hard to overstate the positive contribution that Mike has made during his time at the club, and wish him all the best for the future. As a life member of the club, he will always be very welcome at Sidney West and I hope that he will be able to attend the club’s centenary celebrations in 2022”