HORDEN have been rocked by the retirement of long-serving stalwart Stephen McCoy as a first-team player.
McCoy has also stood down from his position as chairman as he looks to concentrate on second-team cricket and helping his younger son improve his game.
Lee Gilbert has left the club, but the Colliery side have snapped up two new signings – top-order batsman Jamie Greenwood (Dawdon) and Boldon batter Shaun Bradbury, who returns for a second spell at Horden.
Sahil Madagaonkar, a 24-year-old Indian all-rounder who scored 563 runs and took 46 wickets in the Readers Durham Cricket League last summer, has signed up again as Horden’s professional.
Skipper Carl Watson said: “We were disappointed to finish sixth last year; however we go into a new season on the horizon with hopes of finish higher up the table.
“We have two new players, in Jamie Greenwood and Shaun Bradbury, and they will add that extra quality to our batting which let us down on several occasions last summer because we lacked consistency, so hopefully what they bring to the club will add that extra spark.
“Stephen McCoy and Lee Gilbert will both, of course, be a big miss, but it was their decision to retire and move on respectively.”