White steps down as captain of struggling Leek

STAFFORDSHIRE seamer Mitchell Spencer has taken over the captaincy of struggling Leek in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League Premier Division.

He replaces former Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lancashire al-rounder Wayne White as team leader (pictured), with Leek bottom of the table and still searching for their first win of the season.

Spencer will be keen to quickly turn things around after four of Leek’s opening games in the top flight have ended in defeats.

White, 32, who joined Leek at the start of last season and enjoyed an excellent campaign.

 He scoried 894 runs and taking 40 wickets after taking as captain from Alex Thomson after the latter was offered a chance of first-class cricket by Warwickshire.

White says work commitments are behind his decision to step down from the team leader’s role.

Leek face a tough task at home to newly-promoted Division One champions Blythe this Saturday (12.30)..

Blythe made a fairy-tale start to the new season, winning all four of the opening league fixtures before losing at home to Porthill Park last weekend.