Grimsby Town CC's Jim Morgan wants to make big impact for club and county
CAPTAIN Jim Morgan is determined to have a major impact in 2013 as he prepares for his first full season in charge at Grimsby Town Cricket Club.
The Lincolnshire batsman – who is also an established wicketkeeper – took over at Augusta Street last July following the resignation of Neal Snell.
And it was a move that spurred Morgan on – he finished with 362 Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League runs after a steady start to the campaign.
Now fresh and raring to go, the 23-year-old intends to lead from the front as Grimsby look to improve on their eighth-place showing in 2012.
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Morgan said: "I want to score as many runs, take as many dismissals and win as many games as possible.
"In terms of our plans, I will be opening the batting and keeping wicket to start with. I would like to take responsibility and do my bit as captain.
"From a club perspective, we are in transition. This is my first full year as captain and we have brought in some talented young players who will develop over the next three or four years.
Meanwhile, the ex-Loughborough student is hoping to use 2013 as another chance to propel himself on the Minor Counties stage.
With 373 runs in 2011, and 229 in a rain-affected 2012, Morgan has enjoyed a regular place in the Lincolnshire squad over the past two seasons.
However, following a complete overhaul of the system – with former Nottinghamshire player Matthew Wood replacing Mark Fell as head coach – many Imps players will have to prove themselves once again in 2013.
Morgan added: "I have been pretty solid in the past couple of years for Lincolnshire. I played most of the games in 2011 and 2012 so it would be nice to have the same level of selection.
"It will be slightly different this year with new people coming in. Overall I want to cement my role in the squad and, again, score as many runs as possible."