Former skipper yet to decide on future

DAVID CUFFLEY Paul Bradshaw's future as a Norfolk player is still uncertain after his sacking as captain.Opener Carl Rogers' appointment as skipper was confirmed at the annual meeting at Manor Park on Saturday, but members were told 29-year-old Bradshaw had not indicated whether he wished to play for the county in 2008.

DAVID CUFFLEY

Paul Bradshaw's future as a Norfolk player is still uncertain after his sacking as captain.

Opener Carl Rogers' appointment as skipper was confirmed at the annual meeting at Manor Park on Saturday, but members were told 29-year-old Bradshaw had not indicated whether he wished to play for the county in 2008.

Member Phil Spelman raised the question of the pace bowler's availability when he asked the committee: "Do we know, if he is fit, if he is going to play?"

Rogers, 37, who skippered Norfolk for most of 2006 when Bradshaw was sidelined by injury, said he hoped he would play. He said he had made two phone calls to the former captain but had not received a reply.

Club chairman Keith Bray said Bradshaw would be given time to decide. He said: "It's fair to say he was quite understandably very disappointed at the decision. He's a proud chap and it hit him hard. We haven't forced the point up to now.

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"The winter is for settling down. As far as I'm concerned, if he is bowling and firing on all cylinders we would love him to play, of course we would.

"We're letting him make up his own mind as to what he wants in the future."

Earlier, Bray had announced that Rogers would be captain, Chris Borrett vice-captain and Chris Brown county coach.

He said: "In all sport every now and again you need change, need some different ideas. We felt it was right to have that change this year."

Norfolk made a surplus on the year ending September 30, 2007, of £7,275.

Promotional activities made a profit of £13,870, but cricket activities lost £4,579. Cricket income totalled £43,622 - mostly through a Minor Counties CA grant of £25,701 and membership fees of £13,128 - but spending totalled £48,201.

Batsman Trevor Ward was named Clydesdale Bank Norfolk Player of the Season. The D L King Memorial Shield Young Player Shield winner was 17-year-old Jaik Mickleburgh.

A £5 increase in subscriptions was approved, making individual membership £30 and joint membership £40.

Officers elected - President: Ted Wright. Chairman: Keith Bray. Vice-chairman: David Browne. Treasurer: Terry Moore. Secretary: Stephen Skinner. Sub-committee chairmen: Keith Bray (cricket and selection), Ted Searle (membership and home matches), Graham Littlewood (promotion, sponsorship and development). Auditors: Lovewell Blake.