HOUGHTON APPOINTED AT BEARS; Cricket for Wednesday Mail (Feb 3)

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WARWICKSHIRE have appointed their former treasurer Neil Houghton as the county's new vice-chairman and ex-skipper Andy Lloyd as chairman of cricket as part of a committee room reshuffle at Edgbaston.

The reshuffle was partly necessitated by the resignation of former vice-chairman Tony Cross last month following revelations that he has been quizzed by customs and excise officers about an alleged VAT fraud.

Houghton, the son of the late Eric Houghton, the former Warwickshire cricketer and Aston Villa soccer player, was a popular choice to take over from Cross at last night's committee meeting at Edgbaston.

Houghton had served for 12 years as treasurer, he has chaired committee meetings in the past when both chairman and vice-chairman have been busy and he is not linked with any particular committee room faction.

John Whitehouse, another former Warwickshire captain and an ex-finance director of the 'Post and Mail', has succeeded Houghton as treasurer with Lloyd taking Whitehouse's old job as chairman of the cricket committee.

Whitehouse took over as chairman of cricket five years ago when Dennis Amiss took a paid job as Warwickshire's chief executive.

Lloyd, who led Warwickshire to the 1989 NatWest Trophy, retired from first-class cricket in 1993 and joined the general committee two years later. …