Chris Brown confident of success after being named as new Norfolk County Cricket Club captain

Chris Brown has been confirmed as the new captain of Norfolk at the county club's AGM this morning.

Brown takes over from George Walker, who stepped down at the end of last season following a loss of form.

The 38-year-old, who is also player-coach, said: 'It should be a fresh challenge, and it's something I'm used to in terms of captaining the Unicorns A side, the Minor Counties and Horsford, so I've got some decent experience and I'm looking forward to it.'

Brown is keen to get his captaincy reign off to a good start in the MCCA Knockout Trophy group games, which begin in April.

He said: 'I think it's a bit of a transitional stage, with a senior player in Carl Rogers retiring in the summer. More younger players have been integrated into the team in recent years and I hope that my leadership skills and coaching ability will help them.

'One-day cricket is a bit of a grey area for us, because we were poor in the competition two years ago and we didn't get the chance to address that this year because of the weather. So the immediate goal for us is to put that right next year. We can then build on the promise we showed in the Championship - again we had some rain-affected games, but I thought we played some good cricket.'

Norfolk chairman Graham Littlewood backed Brown to be successful in his new role: 'Chris is a winner,' he said. 'He's very committed, he gives 100pc every time and he will have people on board with him.'

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