'Great' captain stands down

AFTER six seasons in charge and eight ICC overseas campaigns, Stuart Le Prevost’s reign as senior island cricket captain and player has come to an end.

Stuart Le Prevost receives the World League Division Six trophy in Kuala Lumpur from the then ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat. (Picture by Gareth Le Prevost, 1182957)
Stuart Le Prevost receives the World League Division Six trophy in Kuala Lumpur from the then ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat. (Picture by Gareth Le Prevost, 1182957)

AFTER six seasons in charge and eight ICC overseas campaigns, Stuart Le Prevost’s reign as senior island cricket captain and player has come to an end.

The highly-popular Cobo batsman has played an integral role as Guernsey made significant advances on the ICC calendar, but at the age of 35 and with a young family he has informed Nic Pothas, the new director of cricket, he will not be available in 2013.

‘I feel it is the right time in my life and career, with family, work and things,’ he said.

‘But it is down to lots of things really,’ he added.

Jeremy Frith, a good friend and the only player to have surpassed Le Prevost’s 1,480 runs in senior island colours at an average of 34.4, paid this tribute to the retiring captain.

‘He has been absolutely outstanding on all levels – as a captain, a player and a general bloke,’ he said.

‘He will be sorely missed in the team.

‘Stu brought together various opinions and always was happy to listen to people. He was always very good at getting knowledge from his teammates and a straightforward type of person to deal with.’

The departing captain said he had spoken at length to Pothas before announcing his decision.

‘There are a lot of new exciting youngsters coming through and it will be a nice chance for Nic to start with a new captain and do what he wants to do.’

Le Prevost has been an ever-present in the island team since making his debut in 1997.

In 16 matches against Jersey he scored 477 runs and averaged a shade under 37.

He took over as captain from Andy Biggins in 2007 and after two defeats in that role, led the Greens to a hat-trick of wins before losing last year’s game at Grainville.

Comments for: "'Great' captain stands down"

WJ

A really top chap who achieved impressive results with his team. More important, a thoroughly decent chap, admired from over the water!

GC

Yep a really great chap who has helped put Guernsey on the world cricket map. Well done Stu, hopefully you will still play representative cricket!

Ambrose

You can stand proud Stu. An outstanding job over 6 years. A very hard act to follow but as captain you have timed it perfectly with an eye on the future.

But don't give up as a player yet for Guernsey. You still have too much to offer the team and we might not even get an overseas tournament if the next world event gets hosted here. Get yourself fitter (let alone for cricket, but for life on general), score a shed load of runs next season for your club and keep your options open. You will be a long time retired and you can't claw it back. 2 more seasons for Guernsey as a player would be a massive benefit as the next generation emerges. Without the burden of captaincy the runs will come if you are fit. Class is permanent.

For a batsman 35-40 can be a peak period, especially at amateur level. You are still far too good to stop playing for Guernsey.

swinesheadvillage

Admired from afar. Great job for the Island and introduced my wife to Cricket, which is the most impressive task you did. Wish Guernsey had a cricketing hall of fame other than The Rockmount, but then, I do enjoy a pint or 5 there!

Argyll

swinesheadvillage

The reason that the cricketing hall of fame is at the Rockmount is that every single member is a past or present Cobo player. The reason for that is that the inductions are decided by Messrs Batiste and Le Prevost of the Guernsey Press, the most blatantly biased press reporters you could ever wish to read.

Had Cobo won the Guernsey Championship two years running, plus the CI league to achieve the "double" last year (and all this with a team that has an average age of about 22) there would have been press coverage to rival that afforded to GFC. As it was Argylls there has been the odd mention in the paper and nothing more. They seem unable to accept that Cobo simply aren't a first rate team anymore, and that'll only get worse as their older players hang up their boots in the coming years. Time to face facts chaps, your glory years are well and truly over, you had a good run though.

All credit to Stu, he's been a fantastic player over the years and provided huge entertainment to spectators who like to see batsmen play their shots. I hope they still find room for him in the inter insular game (provided he's playing well enough to nerit selection) I've always enjoyed watching him dispatch the crapaud bowlers to all corners.

Vince

I have played for Cobo and Argylls and would just say that the previous poster, whilst he may have a point, does himself and his Club no favours by ambushing Stuey's thread in this way in my opinion.

Having said that I couldn't agree more with his final paragraph.

Stuey, a decent Captain, a good slipper, a very good batsman and, most importantly, a bloody good bloke.

Well played mate.