Matt steps down! LPL-winning captain resigns leaving King’s Road needing new skip for 2014

MATT Cocken has resigned as skipper of the King’s Road after leading the club to its first victory in the LPL

Successful year ... Matt led The Road to its first LPL title

MATT Cocken has resigned as skipper of the King’s Road after leading the club to its first victory in the LPL.

The burly Northerner is making way for a new man at the helm to concentrate on a “clean sweep” of awards this year.

Matt took over from James Couldrey last February after winning a narrow second ballot vote after the first captaincy election at the club’s AGM proved inconclusive.

He went on to lead The Road to its most successful year to date.

His spell in 2010, which followed Raju Mazumder’s spell in charge, was less successful however, winning only two of his 19 games as captain.

Speaking about his decision, Matt explained that rewriting the record books was his main motivation to take charge last year.

He said: ‘It genuinely bothered me that the win record was SO bad last time. At least now I can retire without the stat books laughing at me for ever!

‘That was my main motivation for wanting to do it again so I’m happy to move on now and let the next generation have a go (I know he doesn’t look it but he is actually younger than me). I can now concentrate on a clean sweep of KRCSC awards next year…’

Nominations have been made for Matt’s replacement and the new skip will be decided at this year’s AGM on February 15.

Author: Leon Watson

Terrifyingly fast with the ball in hand and famously flamboyant with the bat, Leon is without doubt The Road’s greatest ever player. His stellar career has yielded more than 1,000 runs and several million wickets. However, but for a series of shocking LBW decisions against him and the butter-fingered ineptness of his colleagues in the field, there would surely have been more

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