There's a new sheriff in town for the North West Cricket Union as Brian Dougherty has taken over from Andrew Fleming as Union Chair following this week's AGM.

"B Doc" was proposed by the Board of Control to replace the St. Johnston man who has been at the helm for 7 years now.

Fleming became a father at the end of last year and that, along with business committments and an existing workload with Cricket Ireland meant that something had to give.

The Board saw Dougherty as the ideal person to carry on the work already done and voting delegates at Thursday's meeting agreed unanimously.

Operations Director Lawrence Moore paid tribute to the outgoing Chairman and said that he had played a massive part in reuvenating the structure of the Union.

"Andrew was chucked in at the deep end and has overseen huge changes in how the North West governs itself and integrates into Cricket Ireland. He has given freely of so much of his time to represent us at CI level.

"He will continue to serve on the Board for the next 12 months to allow some continuity and he will also still be involved at national level going forward.

"In thanking Andrew for all his efforts we would like to welcome Brian to the Chair.

"There is of course no introduction needed here. 'Doc' is very well known and respected throughout the North West and beyond and is an active acadvocate for the game at club level.

"The North West has found the ideal person to carry on the work to date and galvanise the Union towards future success."