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

St David's reclaimed the trophy with a three-wicket win over Cleveland County to ensure they start the next season's series at Lord's as champions.

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

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

“I said, ‘I'm only coaching to win the trophy back', so now I think I'm going to pack it in.

“I don't think I'll coach with St David's again — I've spoilt myself. I think I've stayed too long; they need to get somebody new.

“I'll always be there for them; I'm the cricket chairman now, but I'm not going to coach. I think I've had my time, with these guys anyway. But I wouldn't mind going to another team to coach.”

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

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

On Saturday, St David's 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.

“We really should have got them out for less,” said Cannonier, a former St George's coach.

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

“Cleveland 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.

“We only needed about three runs an over.

“Lionel looked very good; he was in good form. He likes this field.”

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

“I wouldn't say [155] wasn't enough runs, we just had to defend it,” Jackson said.

“It's cricket; you can't win them all.

“I can't be disappointed; my team has had a good season. We aren't afraid to come out and play.”

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.

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

“Mr 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.”

Back on top: St David's celebrate after reclaiming the Eastern Counties Cup at Sea Breeze Oval on Saturday. George Cannonier, centre, enjoys the moment flanked by two St David's 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 David's celebrations at Sea Breeze Oval on Saturday. He announced minutes earlier that he is considering stepping down as the St David's coach for next season. (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published September 05, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated September 05, 2018 at 1:03 am)

Cannonier ready to step down as St David’s coach

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