Cannonier ready to step down as St David’s coach

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  • Back on top: St Davidís celebrate after reclaiming the Eastern Counties Cup at Sea Breeze Oval on Saturday. George Cannonier, centre, enjoys the moment flanked by two St Davidís stalwarts, Lionel Cann, left, and OJ Pitcher, the former captain, who has not played for health reasons since falling ill in the competition last year

(Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

    Back on top: St Davidís celebrate after reclaiming the Eastern Counties Cup at Sea Breeze Oval on Saturday. George Cannonier, centre, enjoys the moment flanked by two St Davidís stalwarts, Lionel Cann, left, and OJ Pitcher, the former captain, who has not played for health reasons since falling ill in the competition last year (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

  • Future uncertain: George Cannonier sits quietly amid the St Davidís celebrations at Sea Breeze Oval on Saturday. He announced minutes earlier that he is considering stepping down as the St Davidís coach for next season. (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

    Future uncertain: George Cannonier sits quietly amid the St Davidís celebrations at Sea Breeze Oval on Saturday. He announced minutes earlier that he is considering stepping down as the St Davidís coach for next season. (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)


George Cannonier is considering stepping down as coach of St Davidís after their Eastern Counties Cup triumph at the weekend.

St Davidís reclaimed the trophy with a three-wicket win over Cleveland County to ensure they start the next seasonís series at Lordís as champions.

However, Cannonier revealed during the teamís celebrations at Sea Breeze Oval that he is ready to quit his post.

ďIím especially happy [with the win] because I lost last year and somebody asked me was I still going to be coaching,Ē Cannonier said.

ďI said, ĎIím only coaching to win the trophy backí, so now I think Iím going to pack it in.

ďI donít think Iíll coach with St Davidís again ó Iíve spoilt myself. I think Iíve stayed too long; they need to get somebody new.

ďIíll always be there for them; Iím the cricket chairman now, but Iím not going to coach. I think Iíve had my time, with these guys anyway. But I wouldnít mind going to another team to coach.Ē

Cannonier, who first coached St Davidís in 2008, remaining in the position for a few seasons, returned to the helm in 2016 and claimed two successive league titles.

St Davidís, who finished second in the league to Southampton Rangers, can win the One Premier Division Twenty20 title with a victory over St Georgeís in their final match on September 16.

On Saturday, St Davidís dismissed Cleveland for 155 and reached their target with three wickets to spare. Lionel Cann was named man of the match after a top score of 62.

ďWe really should have got them out for less,Ē said Cannonier, a former St Georgeís coach.

ďWith 155 I felt confident, but I thought we would make it [run chase] a lot easier than we did.

ďCleveland brought the game to us and they hung in there. I was very disappointed to lose those two early wickets because I was looking for partnerships from the beginning.

ďWe only needed about three runs an over.

ďLionel looked very good; he was in good form. He likes this field.Ē

Curtis Jackson said he was delighted with his first season in charge after winning promotion from the One Communication First Division.

ďI wouldnít say [155] wasnít enough runs, we just had to defend it,Ē Jackson said.

ďItís cricket; you canít win them all.

ďI canít be disappointed; my team has had a good season. We arenít afraid to come out and play.Ē

During the presentation, the Eastern Counties Cricket Association honoured two of its long-serving executives. Greg Johnson, who has served the ECCA for more than 30 years, and Steven Douglas, the president since 2012, received plaques from Eddie Lamb, the vice-president.

ď[Johnson] has served in the capacity of secretary and now occupies the important post of assistant secretary,Ē Lamb said.

ďMr Douglas, it is a pleasure to serve with you. Together we have worked to forge relationships in our communities. You are a role model to all of us administrators and I respect you, admire you and thank you on behalf of the entire Eastern Counties family.Ē

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Published Sep 5, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Sep 5, 2018 at 12:03 am)

Cannonier ready to step down as St David’s coach

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