CRICKET: Clarke is the new Peterborough Town captain

David Clarke is the new captain of Peterborough Town Cricket Club.

David Clarke is the new captain of Peterborough Town Cricket Club.

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Opening batsman David Clarke has been elected captain of Peterborough Town.

Clarke has big shoes to fill as he replaces Lewis Bruce, the most successful skipper in the club’s history, who has stepped down for personal reasons.

Clarke looks set to be leading a powerful squad as they seek to regain the Northants Premier Division and Northants Twenty/20 crowns.

Town finished second in the Premier Division last season behind an impressive Rushden team, but the champions are understood to have lost key players from that line up.

Town are confident they will retain their best players with Bruce having turned down the chance to join a local club as a professional for 2016.

Bruce led Town to back-to-back Premier Division titles and to a club-best semi-final spot in the National Twenty/20 Cup in 2014.

Ajaz Akhtar, captain when Town won the Premier Division title in 2012, is also back at Bretton Gate.

Jamie Smith (Sunday 1st XI), Bob Milne (Saturday 2nd XI) and Mohammed Azhar (Saturday 3rd XI) were all re-elected as captains.