least one game with (with a couple of exceptions). Still, some big names in there considering I’m only 21.
1. Ian Johns. (Johnsy). Captain.
I played with Ian in my first years in the 3rd to have in the side for his guidance to the younger players and organisation. Knowledge of the game was always top notch. Whatever you do, don’t look into his eyes, he will persuade you…XI, not only a great technical batsmen but a real benefit
2. Jim Pilling (Jim?)
Captain of our Under 18’s team when we smashed the comp in 2006, scoring 99 away at Northwich has to be a highlight, I think we only used about five batsmen throughout that competition with Jim and Vish up top. Not only a quality batsman but a seriously good bowler, pretty quick!
3. Greg McKeown (Ackers). Keeper.
Playing with him in two circa 2006/7 I saw him hit some big runs. His consistency throughout the years has always been there, always scoring runs at whatever level. Great keeper as well, always ready to stand up to the seam bowlers, great knowledge of the game as well.
4. Vish Bhardwa. (Vishy)
Up there for the same reason as Jim, opening up for the Under 18’s side I was privileged to play in, great batsman always in control. His bowling was also superb with the same amount of control, always picking up wickets at crucial times. Top bloke as well.
5. Mike Caldecott. (?)
Only played one game with Mike but you could see that he hit the ball hard, I remember seeing some massive sixes enter the works, wished I could have seen some more! If you need any more information, please ask Jonny Wales.
6. Jonny Wales (Taff)
Couldn’t leave Taff out of this team, always scores runs and gets wickets when he bowls, a great runner in between the wickets as well. Pretty much up there in the averages every season. Wales in.
7. Rob Woolley (Bully).
Club legend, monster hitter. Nothing better than waiting to bat and watching Rob out in the middle, makes it look effortless as he smokes boundary after boundary. I was at the other end when he hit his 111* for the twos (all me), the roof tiles always take a beating. Unbelievable timer of the ball. Great guy as well.
8. Matt Alexander. (Mattos)
I’m sacking off the “played with” rule here with my next two. Mattos is a top bloke and a quality bowler who bowled seriously quickly when fire up, I still maintain that on many occasion he was too good to get opposition batsmen out. Great control, bowled on the same spot ball after ball. Another big hitter for the team, always a chance of winning the game with Matt out in the middle. Davenham Away.
9. Luke Mannell. (Manny)
Same as the last, not played with Mezza but has to be up there. Taking 75 wickets in one season was an unbelievable effort, always taking wickets, great knack of getting the ball to move in and claim lbws, slower ball was very effective. Great team man. Decent bat as well! Barnton Away.
10. Phill Amatiello (The Heat)
What a guy. Left arm, bowls quick dibbly dobblers, does well against the better batsmen who think he is slower than he really is, deceivingly fast. Great, I mean good bat as well. Hopefully I will get less grief for this team now that he’s in the side!
11. Tom Pilling (TP)
Played a few games with Tom, brilliant bowler with good pace, always able to get a breakthrough when the team needed one.
12th man. Bryan Shingler, Shing would be in this team just so we could play with 12 players!
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