Sidmouth’s new skipper: “I am not guaranteed a starting place’

PUBLISHED: 08:40 25 November 2018 | UPDATED: 08:40 25 November 2018

Nick Gingell batting for Sidmouth at home to Paington. Ref shsp 19 17TI 2350. Picture: Terry Ife

Nick Gingell batting for Sidmouth at home to Paington. Ref shsp 19 17TI 2350. Picture: Terry Ife

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Sidmouth’s new 1st XI captain Nick Gingell says he isn’t guaranteed a place in the side next summer - even though he is the skipper, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Gingell has taken over from Devon Premier Division-winning skipper Luke Bess, who stood down after two titles and a Devon Cup win in his three seasons.

Gingell has been vice-captain to Will Murray, who won multiple titles with Sidmouth between 2007 and 2015, and was 2nd XI skipper in 2014. He knows the ropes.

Gingell also knows the high standards that have brought Sidmouth trophy after trophy over the last decade mean there is no room for passengers in the 1st XI.

“I see my role as that of club captain, but if I am in the 1st XI then I will run it,” said 35-year-old all-rounder.

“I am not naïve enough to think my place in the side is guaranteed as I was dropped three times last season.

“Just like every other player in the team I will have to perform if I want to keep my place.

“If we recruit all of the players we are talking to, our strongest side is going to be very strong.”

Sidmouth have already confirmed they are talking to an opening batsman who is thinking about a switch, but won’t say who it is until any deal is done, or otherwise.

Gingell said other signings are being discussed and their arrival, or not, will shape future planning.

“Overseas-wise we have a player in mind, but nothing is settled,” said Gingell.

“If we get all the players we want we might not need an overseas player.

“I imagine that question will be resolved in the next week or two. It is never a good idea to leave it too late to settle on an overseas player.”

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