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Announcement: 2024 Head Coach

25 Apr 2024

Rochdale Cricket Club are excited to announce the appointment of Luke Sumner as Head Coach for the 2024 Season.


Luke, a Left-Arm Off-Spin, Right Handed Middle-Order Batter, started playing cricket as a junior at Ashton Cricket Club around two decades ago.


Since then, Luke’s gone on to play and coach for a number of clubs in England, Wales and Australia, most recently leading Clacton Cricket Club in Essex to a much-improved 2nd place in the Two Counties Premier Division and regaining the North Essex Cricket League Championship in 2023, which was also the southern club’s 150th Year.


Furthermore, Luke has trialled with the Wales National Counties side over the winter and will be looking to put in some good performances early for Rochdale to catch the eye of the Welsh selectors.


Heading into his fourth season as a head coach, Luke led both our junior and senior winter training programmes and has already expressed his excitement and vision for the club’s 200th Season.


“I am extremely excited and feel honoured to be a part of something very special at Rochdale Cricket Club this year. I see it as a huge privilege to be given the opportunity to be part of the leadership group at Redbrook this season and I look forward to the challenge.”


“As a group, we want to build on a successful winter programme, and whilst we’re focusing on developing our young talent so that we can be sustainably competitive in the years to come, we feel that we have the potential to compete on any given day against any opposition this season.”


“I believe that the first 5 league games are key for us. If we can get a few good results in early to build some positive momentum, we can put ourselves in a position to be battling at the right end of the table, come the business end of the season.”


“For various reasons, Rochdale have been in relegation scraps in recent years, and that’s one priority for me to help us avoid this season. I do believe though, the club’s worked hard over the winter and we’ve got the balance of everything right in terms of our on and off field plans for 2024 onwards.”


Luke has been working hard in the build up to the first game of the season with newly appointed club captain Oli Makin, and Vice-Captain Jack Duffy, who he believes are positives choices to lead the club forward.


“I’ve had a few discussions with Oli and Jack in preparation for the first game of the season when the weather finally allows us to get started, and I couldn’t be more confident that they’re the right leaders to propel the club forward in it’s 200th Season.”


Rochdale Cricket Club wishes Luke and the rest of the playing group the best of luck for the club’s 200th Season, which is now scheduled to start on Sunday 28th April when the 1st XI travel to Haslingden, and the 2nd XI host Walsden at Redbrook.