County news May 17, 2010

Boje steps down as Northants captain

Cricinfo staff

Nicky Boje, the former South Africa allrounder, has announced he is to step down as Northamptonshire's captain with immediate effect. He will be replaced in the role by another allround South African import, Andrew Hall, with Niall O'Brien as vice-captain.

Boje, 37, had captained the county for two years, leading them to a Twenty20 Finals Day and to within one point of promotion in the County Championship last season. But Northants made a stuttering start to their county campaigns this season, with inconsistent results in the County Championship, and three losses in their first three Clydesdale Bank 40 games.

"It is after much thought and consideration I have decided to step down as Captain," said Boje. "I feel it is in the best interest of the team and it is vital that my own contribution as a performer is maximized for the remainder of the season.

"I have really enjoyed the experience of captaining the team for the past two years and I'm proud with the progress that has been achieved during that period. I am now looking forward to the remainder of the season and making my contribution as a player to the brand of positive, entertaining and exciting cricket ahead."