SWANAGE Cricket Club have named a new chairman and first-team captain ahead of a planned return to outdoor training in early April.

With no winter training this year, all of Swanage CC's teams are set for a packed programme this summer, with a few warm-up matches in April before the various league seasons begin in May.

The coming season sees Swanage putting in teams across the age groups from under-8s to under-15s and they will also be starting a new group for younger children in the near future.

The older juniors will be getting more opportunities to make the transition to adult cricket, with Swanage once again entering a Saturday third XI, hoping they get a full season.

Meanwhile, the club's women cricketers are joining a softball league with matches around the county.

At Swanage CC's recent AGM, a number of younger players joined the committee and will take on captaincy roles.

This includes Ben Hodder taking over as first-team captain.

Club chairman Ron Barker also stepped down after his second stint in the role. New chairman Craig Wells paid tribute to all the work Barker has done for the club before the meeting made him an honorary life member.

Barker will continue in his role of head groundsman.