TWO former chairmen of the Gloucestershire Cricket Board have stood down from their current roles as non-executive directors after serving the sport in the county with great distinction.
Trevor Crouch, who was chairman for 13 years, will continue as chairman of the Bristol & District League – a role he has held since 1988.
And Peter Jubb, who was vice chair to Trevor for three years before taking over the hot seat in 2017 for three years, is beginning his 29th season as treasurer of his beloved Cheltenham Cricket Club.
Steve Silk, the chief executive of the GCB, said: “Both Trevor and Peter have given a tremendous amount to club cricket in the county.
“The role of the board has dramatically changed over the years, and they have both provided wise leadership which has had major benefits to the sport at all levels. We are extremely grateful for everything they have done over many, many years.”
Trevor, who was appointed chairman very soon after becoming involved with the GCB in 2001, said: “In those early years, I think it’s fair to say that we were doing a less than competent job … along with many boards, we weren’t certain of our brief from the ECB and were struggling.
“Slowly, the ECB worked out how they wanted the system to work and we improved the way we operated. But it was the appointment of Steve Silk in January 2009 that really changed things.
“We saw what he was doing with Wiltshire, and if I can claim credit for only one thing I’ve ever done in cricket, then it would be playing a part in Steve’s appointment.
“We were under-achieving, technically failing on many fronts, but now thanks to Steve and his team I know there’s not a better board in the country in terms of development, advice and support available to clubs and our leagues who now work collaboratively to the benefit of everyone.”
Peter, too, has greatly enjoyed his time with the GCB. He said: “I’m very proud to have been involved. The foundations were already in place when I arrived and the board has just gone from strength to strength.
“I’ve taken a lot from cricket over the years but I hope I’ve also put a lot back in, too. If I still have a dream then it is to see Gloucestershire win the County Championship one day!”
Both Trevor and Peter were presented, via a Zoom meeting staged to mark the GCB’s annual general meeting, with framed Jack Russell prints which featured personalised messages from the former Gloucestershire and England wicketkeeper, as was Tom Boore, who recently stood down as the GCB’s Welfare Officer after 17 years in post and 53 years’ service to grass roots cricket in the county.
The GCB, meanwhile, voted in six new non-executive directors. Full details will be announced shortly.