LEEK Cricket Club’s talented young seamer Mitchell Spencer has left Highfield to join Cheshire County League champions Nantwich.
The 25-year-old took over the team captaincy from Wayne White part-way through last season, so his departure has come as a surprise to Leek fans.
Spencer, pictured, told the Sentinel’s Chris Travers: “I’m not sure people would have seen the move coming, but it’s a good opportunity for me.
“I never really wanted to leave leek and I’ve got some good mates there on and off the field.
“Leek’s cricket committee spoke to me and said they wanted to go in a different direction,” he added.
Spencer joined Leek from North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League rivals Moddershall & Oulton three seasons and played an important role in helping the team avoid relegation from the Premier Division last summer.
“We didn’t have the greatest season last year, but we had the nucleus of a good side and with the young lads you are always going to be a bit sporadic with results,” he said.
The right-arm medium fast bowler’s ultimate aim is to gain a career in first-class county championship cricket and feels Nantwich could go some way to helping him achieve that ambition.
“One of the reasons for joining [Nantwich] is that the Cheshire League is a notoriously good one and this move takes me out of my comfort zone,” said Spencer.
In between playing for Leek last year Spencer made second eleven appearances for Somerset (5), Worcester (3) and Derbyshire (1), and he also turned out once for Staffordshire against Shropshire in the Unicorns Knockout Trophy defeat at Himley.
But he will remember 2019 most of all for making his List A debut for Worcestershire against West Indies A in June. He returned 0-27 off his five overs in a high-scoring game Worcester won by 21 runs.