One of the guiding lights of Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club is to step down from his role as cricket chairman, it’s been announced.
Paul Hutchison has been at the helm of St Lawrence since September 2011. The former professional cricketer for 12 years – who played for Yorkshire CCC, Sussex CCC, Middlesex CCC and England A – announced his resignation with immediate effect in an open letter to supporters.
In the letter, Hutchison – a managing director at sports clothing firm Romwear and former Pudsey Crawshaw School pupil – said:
“A situation away from club life has forced me into making this decision and it has been the most difficult of my life as it has no reflection on my love for PSL and that of the players and supporters. I wish the club and especially the players the very best for the future. A future I am sure will be a bright and successful one.
“On reflection, I leave with a huge amount of pride. Looking back over the past five years and seeing just how far we have developed as a club. The status of the club is excellent, not only are we winning trophies but it has been mentioned more than once that our players are a credit to PSL and cricket throughout Yorkshire.
“I have fond memories of being part of the ‘Class of 2015’ where this group of players were able to bring back the league title for the first time in 24 years while our young guns brought home The Double. 2016 was no less memorable, seeing the 1st XI retain the title and compete in three other finals, including the big one over in Abu Dhabi.
“I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to be involved with such a great club.
“The future of the club is extremely healthy, I will look on with excitement, the PSL production line will continue producing quality players for the next 10 years at least.”
Hutchison was responsible for managing five senior teams playing across three different venues and oversaw the recruitment of new players and managing budgets.
Hutchison has said that he would remain a supporter of the club.
There’s been no announcement regarding his successor.