Wicketkeeper Parker appointed new Shropshire captain

Shropshire have appointed long-serving wicketkeeper Anthony Parker as their new captain ahead of the opening home game of the Unicorns Championship season against Herefordshire this weekend.

The county have moved quickly to replace opening batsman Richard Oliver who stood down last week after signing a contract with first class county Worcestershire until the end of next season.

Parker, who plays his club cricket for Birmingham League champions Shrewsbury, had been vice-captain to Oliver so his elevation to skipper is viewed as a natural progression.

Brian Foxall, Shropshire's chairman of selectors, said: "Anthony Parker has been appointed as captain of Shropshire CCC in succession to Richard Oliver. 

"Anthony was one of the players considered for the captaincy when Richard Oliver was appointed so we have every confidence in his suitability for the role.

"We expect his appointment to be well received by both players and members."

Parker will now hope to inspire a Shropshire revival against Herefordshire at Shifnal in a match which starts on Sunday after the county opened their Championship campaign with a disappointing eight-wicket defeat at Wales earlier this month.

He will be back on familiar territory having served Shifnal for 16 years as a consistent wicketkeeper and hard-hitting batsman before joining Shrewsbury at the start of last season.

Parker, 31, one of the most experienced players in the county side, made his Shropshire debut in 2005 and was part of the team which so memorably beat Lincolnshire in the MCCA Trophy final at Durham CCC in 2010.  

The first ball will be bowled at Shifnal at 11am on Sunday and admission to all three days is free.

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