Travis Townsend – who was a popular club professional in 2015 and 2016 – is returning to the Mount as first team captain for the summer of 2023.
The talented South African all-rounder replaces Ryan Senior who is standing down from the skipper’s role after four years in the hot seat.
Travis (pictured right) has been paid man at Littleborough CC since 2019 following a spell with Heywood after leaving Brandlesholme Road.
He has now decided to leave the professional ranks and his acquisition is another massive boost hard on the heels of the announcement of his countryman Jacques Snyman joining the club as professional for 2023.
Club chairman Andy Skinner said: “I’d like to place on record a big thank-you to Ryan for his work over the past few years.
“He feels it is time to step down and allow a fresh approach but we are pleased that he will continue to play for us.
“He guided us to promotion to the Lancashire League top flight in our first season and that was no mean achievement and, looking forward, his experience will be invaluable to our young first team players.”
Meanwhile, the club’s Head of Cricket John Stevens said: “I’m delighted Travis has chosen to return to Greenmount for the long term in an amateur capacity.
“I believe his wealth of experience combined with natural leadership skills and energetic enthusiasm are just what we need to kick start positive momentum on the field across the club.”
Meanwhile, it’s ‘as you were’ for Oli Dixon and Mark Crowther who are set to continue their good work as skippers of the second and third teams respectively.