DARRYL Rebbetts has taken over as Worthing Cricket Club captain for the rest of their Sussex League Premier Division season, just four games into the campaign.
He has replaced Michael Gould, who has stepped down owing to work commitments and frustration at a back injury.
Rebbetts, 20, is looking forward to taking over as captain after skippering the side for one game last season and said: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge.
“The first target is to make sure we stay up and then try to build for next year, when we’ll look to get an overseas player and a couple of new players in.”
Gould’s final game in charge was a five-wicket defeat at Bexhill on Saturday and, on his decision, he said: “I’ve not been able to play to the standard I want to as I’ve not been fully fit for the last two to three seasons because of a double stress fracture in my back.
“And I’m also getting busier at work and haven’t been able to get to the first two games in time to open our innings, which is what I want to be doing.”
Worthing won the toss and batted first on Saturday and scored 225-9 from their 58 overs, which was 35 to 40 short of the total Gould felt they needed.
Rebbetts top-scored with 55, which included 10 fours from 96 balls, while Stuart Carter hit 46, with eight fours off 68 deliveries, and Benn Challen struck a 72-ball 41, with seven fours.
Andy Lutwyche also hit an unbeaten run-a-ball 26 lower down the innings as Callum Guest led the way for Bexhill with 4-55 from 21 overs.
Luke Vinter made an early breakthrough in Bexhill’s innings but half-centuries from Andrew Harriott (74), Guest (55) and Malcolm Johnson (50) guided the home side to victory.
Gould said: “They were a team that we hoped to beat, after coming up from Division 2 with them last year.
“We could have done with 30 or 40 runs more but we just lacked a bit with the bat and lacked with the ball a bit as well. It was just a frustrating day, really.”
The result on Saturday leaves Worthing second from bottom in the table, ahead of their home match with East Grinstead, who are third from bottom, on Saturday.