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Weight: A no longer slimline 12st 10 – beefed up to 15st 8
Nickname: Shagger, Radar
Batsman? Bowler? Keeper? None of the above? Something else : Bowler, occasional batsman (club record holder for DNB) and boundary fielder
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? Not far off 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; meat; wine
Favourite music? A variety – some old some new
Favourite film?

Probably still Usual Suspects

Other hobbies? Golf and a not often used Gym membership
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 has something to give…
Age you started playing the glorious game? Eleven
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.
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.

Favourite venue played …ever? The old Clytha ground was a lovely setting, though the pitch was a minefield, Miskin is still very nice, and the pitch and setting at Lisvane (our old home ground) is now very nice with the new facilities. Purley-on-Thames - nice with a pub on the side
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 at the age of 80. 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.

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

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, Steveo, Richie to name but a few…
If I didn’t play so much cricket I’d be………. Forced to go to shopping and bored
Original pen pic 2004  


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