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Weight: A no longer slimline 12st 10 – now hitting and surpassing 16st
Nickname: Shagger, Radar
Batsman? Bowler? Keeper? None of the above? Something else : Bowler, occasional batsman (still hold club record for DNB just) and boundary fielder (Club catching record holder ...just been caught up by Steveo again and Will will soon be out on his own)
Batting style? Agricultural
General cricketing style? Still keen (can’t really be classed as athletic any more)
Previous Teams played for? Baltonsborough, Somerset; The Bluebell pub team, Cardiff University (CIHE/UWIC); Various single 'guest' appearances for Street, Glastonbury, and Lord's Taverners Buccaneers
How long have you been (a) casual? Since 1996
Number of games played for the Casuals? Over 500
What you bring to the Casuals team? Experience and a large car boot
Who is your Doppleganger? It used to be Hugh Grant – now moved on to Rob Brydon...
Favourite food? Pasta; Pizza; steak; wine, cider
Favourite music? A variety – some old some new
Favourite film?

Probably still Usual Suspects

Other hobbies? Golf
What was your last DVD / CD purchase? No idea
What 3 people would you most like to invite to a dinner party?: JFK, Phil Tufnell, Jennifer Aniston
Ideal Woman? Jennifer Aniston - still looking good
Age you started playing the glorious game? 11
Best performance?

My best overall performance – is still against Mountain Ash in 1997!! Scored my best ever score 67 (including an eighth wicket partnership with Andy Hood of 81) then took 3 for 9.
Or 6 for 20odd when very hungover for Baltonsborough.
The best team performance (20overs) – Winning the Willow cup 2019 (including my 500th wicket)

Favourite game played?

Too many … the Pumpsaint (2002 tour) – is still a favourite – hitting a 6 out of the ground and onto the road to impress a newly found female friend; may now be surpassed by the win at Barry Wanderers in 2015 – where Wands needed 15 off 4 overs with 4 wickets remaining and we got them all out with 5 balls left.

2022 tour - the introduction of "in Play chips" - Huntley - the first Duck chip was awarded

Favourite venue played …ever? Our old ground at st Mellons (now Lisvane) - veru nice with the new facilities; plus many of the tour games we have played at - Purley-on-Thames; Huntley; Down Hatherley; Sparsholt - all with pavallions and bars
Cricketer you most admire and why? Ian Botham, good bowler and batter, yet knows how to balance cricket with beer.
Casual cricketer you most admire and why?

It is difficult to overlook Foxy – who is still playing in his mid-80s. In 2019 vs Malpas scored more in one innings than he had this millennium. Ability wise – I find it annoying how Jesus can make batting look so easy and all the time in the world

Funniest moment on the Casuals field?

There are funny moments every time the Cazh take to the field…however ones that stand out are:
Ash missing the run out from 2 yards v Barry Wands (the same 2015 match as best win); Rob Chase giving John Furnham out when John was on 99 against Amersham in the early noughties after he hit it.
Steveo duck chip on the 2022 tour

Favourite tour moment?

The first tour I attended - Pumpsaint Aug 1997- the village embraced our arrival by holding a house party after hours and an accommodating host
First tour of Winchester 2011 – playing against a Fat Leo Sawyer on the Saturday, then playing a very good Sparsholt team on the Sunday and managing to steel victory with a reversed batting order and excellent opening bowling which took them by surprise (especially given the state we were in)

Favourite Tea had as a casual? (Home or Away)

Pentyrch – is always good, as is Rogerstone

I like playing for the casuals because………. Since joining in 1996 there has always been a great team spirit, comradery and everyone chips in. I’ve made some great friends.
I hate playing for the casuals because………… There are too many players playing for their average....really??!! (no)
If I didn’t play so much cricket I’d be………. Forced to go to shopping and be bored
Original pen pic 2004  


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