First female president for Centre Vale club

Malcom Heywood hands over the reins to Elizabeth Whittaker
Malcom Heywood hands over the reins to Elizabeth Whittaker

Elizabeth Whittaker has earned herself a unique place in the 176-year history of Todmorden Cricket Club - by becoming its first female president.

She will guide the Lancashire League club for the next three years, having been elected to the position in a unanimous vote at last Thursday’s club annual meeting.

Elizabeth replaces Malcolm Heywood, who has retired, and will be looking to continue his good work.

Mrs Whittaker comes from a traditional cricketing family and has been a member of the club for more than 50 years.

She has been Membership Secretary for more than 20 years and has helped develop junior cricket at Centre Vale.

First team captain Andrew Sutcliffe was presented with the Clubman of the Year trophy in recognition of his efforts in promoting the development of the club.