RSL Colts fast bowler Ben Semmler has been named as the new Dubbo District Cricket Association president ahead of the upcoming season.
The announcement came via Facebook last week with Marty Nelson named as vice-president yet again.
Semmler admitted he was just planning on joining the board but ended up in the top job.
"I was originally just going to be the on the board and help out this year," he said.
"I guess it was a little bit surprising to get the gig.
"It's early days, we still haven't worked who's doing everything yet until we have a meeting on the 19th to sort that out.
"Then from there we will have a meeting with the delegates from the clubs."
Semmler knows how important the role is going forward and was full of praise for the outgoing board members.
"We've got big shoes to fill with Jeff [Shanks] and Tom [Mitchell] along with the outgoing board doing such a good job over the last couple of years," he said.
"Managing through all the COVID issues and that sort of thing.
"It's just a consolidation to start but again it's early doors so we don't really know what's ahead of us yet."
Nelson will act as an experienced ally for Semmler going forward and the latter is excited about working with the board.
"I'll be looking to Marty Nelson for guidance as vice-president," he said.
"Mat Skinner as well, he does a great job with the rep stuff.
"At this point, I'm excited for the upcoming season."
Replacing Jeff Shanks is something Semmler feels will not be an easy task but mentioned the outgoing president has offered his support going forward.
"I've caught up with them on what needs to happen," he said.
"Being Shanksy, he has always offered his ear and some advice if I need it going forward for the next little while as we do the transition.
"Because no doubt things will come up which we haven't come across yet so he's offered his support which I'm grateful for.
"It would be a really hard job to do without anyone having some experience from the past and being able to call on that.
"They've done a great job and we really have to thank them.
"It's going to be big shoes to fill to be honest."
The Dubbo District cricket season is expected to begin following the long weekend in October with juniors to follow soon after.
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