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Name: STEVE (FISHER) O'REILLY
Weight: plenty of thank you…
Nickname: Steve ‘O / Steeeeve OOOOOOOOh / old Steve/ variations on not being young steve, handsome steve etc …
Batsman? Bowler? Keeper? None of the above? Something else : all-rounder apparently, equally useless at everything. OR maybe it was ‘all round’ ( see ‘weight’)
Batting style? Heave ho, across the line, avoid the straight one
General cricketing style? Neat, tidy, well balanced… are expressions never used in discussion of my ‘style’. Dishevelled and not quite ready are more accurate…
Previous Teams played for? Don't be silly
How long have you been (a) casual? Joined in the last millennium, late 20th century (1997 to be precise)
Number of games played for the Casuals? loads! `round the 450 mark
What you bring to the Casuals team? I bring a loud voice, a sense of light-hearted wit (often when batting) and a determination to take part (“gerrronwithit”!)
Who is your Doppleganger? Cruelly, my team mates have suggested a number of serial killers, Santa, Karl Marx or a bloke asking for change outside a tube station…
Hobbies? Cricket, beer, moaning about not yet having batted, followed by moaning having batted and got out to a straight one.
Favourite food? I don’t discriminate but if pushed I do like a steak and kidney pie, fish n chips, a roast dinner, and a help yourself buffet
Favourite music? Currently enjoying a re-visiting of the 1980’s, Hazel o’connor’s Breaking Glass album, but generally enjoy some Soul Divas or a bit of Hildegard of Bingen …
Favourite film?

Very moved by ‘Ghandi’ as a teen. Also Bambi (when slightly younger). French Cinema in general, Tarrantino, Spike Lee, such classics as The Great Escape, Papillion, the entire oeuvre of Rock Hudson & Doris Day; Bing Crosby and Bob Hope; Laurel and Hardy; most things with John Wayne, or Schwarzenegger, Danny Devito, Bruce Willis, George Clooney, anything with Tom Hanks …

Other hobbies? I currently have a racing pigeon that has taken up residence in my garden, so once I catch him I’ll be entering that sport…
What was your last DVD / CD purchase? Get with the kids man, its all downloads (or Spotify for us cheapskates)
What 3 people would you most like to invite to a dinner party?: Barak Obama, Cleopatra, Charlie Chaplin
Ideal Woman? Yet to find her, so all applications accepted and considered
Age you started playing the glorious game? Late 20’s
Best performance? Scored a couple of 50’s and once hit several 6’s in a single over
Favourite game played? Can’t remember any of them in detail but usually enjoy the island, Barry wanderers of course, especially when a tea is supplied and anywhere that is sunny and we are well fed.
Favourite venue played …ever? Perth International theatre festival was a cracker, also Berlin’s Maxim Gorki Theatre, and had some wild times at the Edinburgh fringe ….
Cricketer you most admire and why? Always liked Flintoff, and Joe Rooooooot (cos he seems like a nice guy)
Casual cricketer you most admire and why?

FOXY! Cos he just keeps on going…

Funniest moment on the Casuals field?

Too many to mention, if it isn’t funny it isn’t the casuals

Favourite tour moment? Lady Di will never be forgotten, but there have been many, mostly forgotten in a haze of alcohol and regret …
Worst Moments waking to hear/see JP using the facilities (the bin) in the bedroom.
Watching the rain, playing Golf in the rain, then driving home in the rain
Favourite Tea had as a casual? (Home or Away) home made sandwiches and a nice cup of tea always helps- but these days any tea is a bonus.
I like playing for the casuals because………. what the hell else would I do
I hate playing for the casuals because………… it reminds me how old I am getting the day after a game…
If I didn’t play so much cricket I’d be………. even fatter!
Interesting fact……. Steve O is a fine and versatile character actor, appearing in many plays, television series and recently he has found his niche in adverts. He can be seen as third shopper on the right in a tesco advert and is also one of the amazed bystanders on the classic Babybell advert. Don't recognise him yet? Well you will when I tell you that he has proudly been, since 2003 the face of 'Anusol'.
   
 

Steveo has made his 'mark' on many a player in the team - the following poem was written by a former skipper during the season of '06:

It's not about the games you're picked for
But rather the ones you're not
The majority think they play enough
One feels he's been left to rot

Who the Casz that could feel this way
I hear the team cry out loud
Well read on my dear Casz
As he would stand out (& be heard) in any crowd

He has plenty to say as he isn't shy
this curly haired dirty rascal
Another clue if you need one
is that he hails from the Elephant & Castle

He hits hard and he hits it long
with his trusty plank of wood
Imagine what his average would be
if only the straight hit he could

I remember once at Clytha
four sixes did he blast
But at the beginning of the over
bets were taken on how many balls he'd last

Many moons ago at St Mellons
whist on the pitch without a bat
This player claimed a wicket
with the loudest ever recorded HOWAZAAAAAAAAAT ?

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