Chairman Mark Taylor steps down after 14 years


Mark Taylor, seated right, leads the Swardeston team at the signing of the Leathes Prior sponsorship deal in 2016. Stuart Bartram is behind him.

Swardeston CC chairman Mark Taylor has stepped down after more than 14 years leading the East Anglian Premier League club.

Mark’s time as chairman has seen an unprecedented level of success for the club with two national T20 trophies and seven EAPL titles.

Many other on-field successes were also recorded as Mark forged an impressive partnership with former 1st XI captain Mark Thomas, who stepped down after the end of the 2017 season.

The club has made major developments throughout this time with the continued strengthening of the youth section and the introduction of a blossoming women and girls section. The club also made the significant step of becoming a charitable incorporated organisation in 2017.

Mark informed the club’s AGM in December that he was stepping down as chairman and as a trustee. He thanked all the players, trustees and members for a memorable 14 years. Mark joined the club as a playing member in 1990 and will continue to sit on some club committees.

Following the AGM the club trustees met and Stuart Bartram was unanimously appointed as new club chairman.

Mark said: “It’s been an unbelievable honour to be associated with this great cricket club. I would like to thank everyone at the club for their terrific support and help these past 14 years. It has been one hell of a ride. I am delighted that Stuart has accepted the role of chairman and wish him and the club great success going forward. Swardeston CC is in good hands!

“Mark Taylor will be a very hard act to follow but I am determined to build on the success we have seen under his leadership. I am honoured to be asked to chair the club and look forward to the 2019 season and beyond,” said Stuart.

“We will pay tribute to Mark at our annual awards presentation dinner on 8 February where I hope club members will join me in thanking Mark for his fantastic work on behalf of the club.”

Read AGM report.


MT batting on The Common.


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