HEREFORDSHIRE County Cricket Club’s coach Richard Skyrme will be expanding his duties in the new season which begins in April.

Skyrme, who was the county club’s first captain when the club joined the then Minor Counties competition back in 1992, has been elected as chairman of cricket for the next three years and will succeed Ian Macklin.

Macklin also has a new role as he will be moving into the hot seat as chairman of Herefordshire Cricket Ltd, where he will succeed Derek Ling who has left the board of directors.

Also departing from the board is finance director Steve Newton.

As well as taking on the chairman’s position, Macklin will also be retaining his role as performance director.

Newton will be succeeded as finance director by Dave Phillips, the board’s company secretary.

With Herefordshire Cricket Ltd and Herefordshire County Cricket Club continuing their evolution into one body, Phillips will also be succeeding Tom Bevan as the county club’s secretary.

Ian Milton will be taking over from long-serving David James as the county club’s membership secretary.

Skyrme will also be adding to his responsibilities by joining the board of Herefordshire Cricket Ltd. Kirsty Sockett has also been appointed to the board.

The other board members of Herefordshire Cricket Ltd are Claire Langford, Richard Prime, Anna Robertson, Jim Sandford, Roy Wargen and Steve Watkins.

Herefordshire County Cricket Club will now be a ‘National’ rather than a ‘Minor’ county and their season gets underway on Sunday, April 26 when they travel to Exeter to take on Devon in the first of the T20 double-headers.

Cornwall, Wiltshire and Dorset are the other teams in Herefordshire’s group.

In the NCCA 50-over competition, which begins in June, Herefordshire will be taking on Northumberland, Cumberland, Lincolnshire and Oxfordshire.