Wiltshire Cricket

Tom Morton joins Wiltshire Cricket as new Head Coach

Wiltshire Cricket Limited and Wiltshire County Cricket Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Tom Morton as the county's new head coach; a role that will see Tom manage and coach the county 1st XI and 2nd XI teams.

The recruitment of this role comes on the back of a number of vacancies becoming available in the county 1st XI set up, all of which presented an opportunity for the County Board and Minor County Cricket Club to work together to appoint a coach to manage the top end of Wiltshire Cricket's boys player pathway.

In his role Tom will deliver the winter coaching programmes for both the 2nd XI and 1st XI teams and will then lead the teams from a coaching perspective on their matchdays during the summer. One of the key aims of the role is for Tom to ensure there is a consistent culture developed across both teams in order to help with ensuring a smooth transition for players coming up from age group cricket and in to the senior teams. It is also hoped that Tom's role will aid selection decisions around players moving between both teams, such will be his involvement with both and the understanding he will gain around a wide group of players challenging for representation at 1st XI level.

Tom brings with him a huge amount of coaching and playing experience which will serve him fantastically well as he settles in to the role. As a player, Tom has repesented Wiltshire for 12 seasons; enjoying considerable success as player during that time. As a coach, Tom has most recently been the Director of Cricket at Ealing Cricket Club and has worked with Middlesex CCC. He also has experience of working at Solent University as a Sports Development Officer and in terms of his leadership credentials Tom has previously captained South Wilts CC to four Southern Premier League titles.

Speaking about this role, Wiltshire Cricket Limited Managing Director, Pete Sykes said the following; 'We are delighted with the appointment of Tom to the position of Wiltshire Cricket Head Coach. This new position represents an opportunity for the Cricket Board and County Club to work more closely together to ensure that there is a consistency in terms of culture and selection across our 1st and 2nd XI teams. We also believe that Tom will be a great asset in terms of developing players who may be moving out of under 17 cricket and in to the minor county environment. On that note it is wonderful to have someone of the playing quality of Tom in this role as the experience he will be able to offer to these players will be invaluable'