Caley is elected NCCA President

February 27, 2024

FORMER Suffolk captain Phil Caley is the new President of the National Counties Cricket Association.

The 61-year-old was elected at the annual meeting of the NCCA held at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Caley, who will hold the post for the next three years, said: “It’s always nice when you get asked to do something like this. Chances are very few and far between and I probably won’t get one again, so I thought I would jump at it.”

He said of his new role: “I think it is a case of raising the profile and not letting it drop and reminding the powers that be we are still here and we are a worthwhile organisation.”

Caley (pictured above) previously held the post of Chairman of the Minor Counties Cricket Association Cricket Committee.

He was then elected as MCCA Secretary at Lord’s in December 2016, but relinquished those roles when the MCCA was rebranded as the NCCA in 2020.

Caley, who made his Suffolk debut in 1982, became the longest-serving skipper in the county’s history, before standing down ahead of the 2009 season after 15 seasons in charge

He led Suffolk to the Eastern Division title of the MCC in 2005, but the play-off final against Western Division winners Cheshire saw the shield shared after being ruined by rain.

Two years later Caley skippered Suffolk to victory over Cheshire in the MCCA Trophy final in the county’s first, and so far only, appearance at Lord’s.

Caley, who made a total of 219 Championship appearances for Suffolk, is the county’s leading all-time run-scorer with 9,269 runs at an average of 34,71.

The former Ipswich School pupil also claimed 163 wickets with his off spin at a cost of 36.56 apiece.



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