Tony Warrington elected as new PresidentDecember 8, 2020
Tony Warrington said it was a ‘tremendous honour’ to be elected as the new President of Suffolk County Cricket Association. The 73-year-old was installed as the new president at Mondat night’s AGM which for the first time ever was held via Zoom.He replaces Norman Atkins, who was elected as president at last year’s AGM after 25 years as chairman but sadly passed away in mid-March, aged 81.
Warrington, who was born in Ipswich and attended the former Tower Ramparts Secondary Modern School and Suffolk College,started his involvement with the county when he was selected to represent Suffolk at Under-15 level. Since then he has been involved with the county every year either as a player or administrator which has entailed a variety of responsibilities.
He made his Minor Counties Championship debut versus Hertfordshire at Felixstowe in 1965 and his final appearance came versus Cambridgeshire at Framlingham College in 1989.
The opening batsman played 147 championship matches and became the county’s leading all-time run-scorer with 7,623 runs at an average of 28.55. This has subsequently been surpassed by Phil Caley and Simon Clements.
He scored six centuries – five in the championship and one in the NCA KO competition – and was a member of the Suffolk sides that won the Minor Counties Championship in both 1977 and 1979 and also the NCA KO competition in 1975.
Other career highlights included representing the Minor Counties versus the West Indies at Torquay in 1973 and against Pakistan at Jesmond a year later and also the National Cricket Association (NCA) versus West Indies at The Oval in 1976.
Warrington said: “When I read the email from Suffolk Secretary Toby Pound asking if I would be happy to be nominated at the AGM, I was taken completely by surprise and felt very proud to have been considered.
“It is a tremendous honour to be asked to fulfil this role at a time when the future of Suffolk Cricket looks so promising and has vibrant people in charge at all levels of the men’s and ladies’ game.
“Although being president is mainly an honorary position, I am looking forward to representing the county when required, attending several matches, meeting people who are there and continuing my long-term involvement with Suffolk Cricket.”
Warrington, who played his club cricket for Ipswich side Browns,Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds, also turned out for the MCC, Cricket Society, XL Club and Cross Arrows and scored a total of 111 centuries in his career.
He was Suffolk vice-captain for three years and has previously been Suffolk vice-chairman (2004-2006) and had two stints as assistant secretary (1976-1989 and 1993-2000) as well as sitting on the selection committee for several years.
WORDS: NICK GARNHAM
IMAGE: Tony Warrington, the new President of Suffolk CCA
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