WEYMOUTH Cricket Club have announced former player Simon Browne will take over as chairman after Cube Whyte declared his intention to step down from the role.

Browne retired from playing at the end of last season, skippering the Seasiders in his final game – a 24-run loss to relegated Cerne Valley.

Browne’s appointment was one of a number of changes unveiled at the club’s annual general meeting.

Weymouth’s presidential role is yet to be assumed with incumbent John Ryan set to step down.

Tom England, Weymouth’s treasurer, will also step aside with second-team captain Tom Reed his replacement – although England will continue as a player.

Eight new members were also welcomed onto the club’s committee – Andy Anderson, Mark

Rogers, Tony Quayle, Lloyd Beals, Neil Walton, Manoj Somaratne, Tim Guyett and Shafeek Urumancheri.

Aside from Weymouth’s changes, the Seasiders are close to finalising a three-year deal with a new shirt sponsor to bring in additional income.

The Redlands outfit also made their second consecutive year-on-year profit despite having to negate additional league fees associated with their promotion to County Division One and a drop in fundraising.

Other details discussed at the AGM included the repair of pitch covers and sightscreens, while the scorers’ hut could be refurbished.

Weymouth also plan to explore the viability of a third team in addition to the new Dorchester & District Evening League team the Seasiders hope to field in 2020.

Early talks over a tour to Spain have also begun.