PUBLISHED: 09:29 08 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:29 08 December 2018
Shenfield Cricket Club have announced that Roy Smith will return to the club and be their captain in 2019.
The vastly-experienced batsman helped Hornchurch win an unprecedented Essex League, Cup and T20 treble this year, while Shenfield slipped out of the Premier Division with Southend.
And Smith will be back in a Shenfield shirt in the new year, as Jack Kliber’s eight-year spell in charge comes to an end, to try and lead the club back into the top flight.
Smith joined Hornchurch in 2014 when they were in Division Two and led them to two promotions, before stepping down as captain to be succeeded by Billy Gordon.
He has been credited with turning the Harrow Lodge club around during his time as skipper and he scored a total of 587 runs in all competitions last season as Hornchurch memorably enjoyed a clean sweep of silverware.
Speaking in the immediate aftermath of their treble-winning campaign, Smith said: “It has always been a dream of the chairman (Jeremy West) to win the Premier Division title for the club, so I am really happy for him.
“But now we have done it, we don’t want it to be a one-off. We need to try and do it again and be up there for the next four or five years and firmly establish ourselves as a big team.”
However, Smith – who will be 45 when the 2019 season gets underway – has now decided to take on a new challenge back at Shenfield, who host Leigh on Sea in the first round of the Essex League Cup on April 27, with the winners of that tie visiting Hadleigh or Old Brentwoods a week later.