GREAT Harwood captain Russell Whalley has decided to step down as skipper to concentrate on his cricket.
The batsman broke the Ribblesdale League English amateur batting record last season with 1057 runs as Harwood finished third in the Ribblesdale League.
But he admitted he has struggled this season with just 93 runs so far and a high of 54.
"We haven't been getting the runs as a team, me included," said Whalley who is desperate to help Harwood win their first league title in more than 100 years.
"We have a top class professional in Gyan Pandey and I have decided to resign and let others have a go."
Harwood have lost three league games so far this season and have dropped down to ninth in the table - 20 points behind leaders Clitheroe.
Allan Armer is taking over for the weekend's double header where Harwood face champions Settle tomorrow followed by the start of their quest to win the Ramsbottom Cup as they come up against Cherry Tree on Sunday.