The Manly Warringah Waratahs are pleased to announce the appointment of Jay Lenton as 1st Grade captain for the 2018/19 season.
Jay replaces Chris Green who is stepping back from the captaincy due to his increasing BBL and T20 commitments. Chris will continue to work with Jay as a senior member of our 1st grade side.
There is no doubt that Jay has a wealth of captaincy experience that proved too good to ignore when determining who was going to lead our top side for the coming season. He skippered the ACT/NSW Country Futures League side last season with his captaincy receiving glowing reports.
He also scored 538 runs at 53.8 last season while skippering the Futures League side, coming in 2nd in the Futures League run scorers across the season.
At 27 he is beginning to hit his prime leadership years and with an almost decade long 1st grade record, he was the perfect candidate for the role.
He is well respected by his team mates and opposition, is popular among his fellow club mates, and the MWDCC Board felt it was the right time for him to lead.
“I am extremely grateful and humbled to be able to represent our club as the captains of our first grade, one of the highest playing honours we have in Premier Cricket” said Lenton.
“It’s something I have been thinking about a little bit over the last year or 2, and with the experience I gained last year it’s the right time for me to step into the role.”
“We have great depth and talent in our higher grades, shown by the success of our 2nd Grade side who played in the Grand Final this year. With the experience we have in our top grade playing roster, plus the amazing young talent we have coming through with the likes of Davies, Edward and Foster, I am really confident that we are in for a bumper season.”
Although he missed out on a NSW contract, Jay still holds dreams of returning to first class cricket, and the club will be doing everything we can to help him. He will also remain an important member of the Sydney Thunders BBL side for the coming season.
As mentioned, Chris Green has made the decision to step away from the captaincy due to his ever increasing BBL and worldwide T20 workload. He will continue to work with Jay as a senior player in the 1st grade side both for the coming season and in future years.
Congratulations to Jay on the appointment and we loo forward to a successful 2018/19 season.