Originals Squad Player Profiles for 2019 Season, in Debut Order:
Julian Chambers aka JAY-Z is a classy batsman whose elegant technique and stroking of the ball has been a joy to watch for many years. Seemingly never ages is one of the Originals originals! Solid hands in standard fielding position at Mid-off Jay-Z assists the younger inexperienced players with quiet calm advice. Debut 1987, Player number 1, Appearances 457 ; Batter / Bowler – 6871 runs 1×100 & 24×50’s, Average 16.9 High score 108*. With Ball; 340 wickets at 17.2 Economy of 3.4 and best of 6-70 & 7×5 wicket games.
Grant Cross aka THE CRAB due to his peculiar sidestep walk/run approach to the stumps. A canny bowler uses the adage of “you miss son and I’ll hit!” to great effect. Also a hard hitting lower order batter with the propensity to club the ball over the fence, including of late shots on the offside too! Our primary Fines Master and father of Alfie, MGCC Club Mascot who always brings comedy to Saturdays, effortlessly! Debut 1987, Player number 12, Appearances 351 : Bowler – 464 wickets at 17.5 runs per wicket and economy of 2.9 Best of 6-27 & 7×5 wicket games. With the Bat: 2363 runs at 13.5 Highest of 67 &3×50’s.
Stuart Leonard aka Dave / Gloves due to his skill with the mitts on. Renowned in the OCA as a top gloveman and represented the club in OCA Rep Game. Specialises in the art of leg side stumping and gets plenty of practice! Known to carry the team on his broad shoulders from his favoured birth at 4. Debut 1991, Player number 37, Appearances 378 : Gloves/Batter – 6722 runs, 2×100’s & 27×50’s, Average 21.7 High score 111.
Carl Needham aka JACKAL (Carlos the), SILVER FOX and most recently KYLE as named by Alfie! MGCC opening bowler and loves a new swinging cherry as much as he likes to bowl ‘No Balls!’ Wise old campaigner and leading club wicket taker, known to spend large amounts of time tending the hallowed Marsh turf and muttering about thatch, moss and worm casts! – Debut 1992, Player number 40, Appearances 389 : Bowler – 565 wickets at 16.9 runs per wicket and economy of 3.2 Best of 9-24 and 15×5 wicket games. With Bat: 5007 runs at 19.6, 14×50’s and best of 81.
Nathan Callow aka CROUCHY due to his footballer likeness! Crouchy is a tall opening bowler who hits the deck hard in the channel of uncertainty. A feat he mastered in the Telegraph Cup with his MOM bowling performance. Will he work out which end of the bat to hold in 2017? Debut 2004, Player number 72, Appearances 107, Bowler – 152 wickets at 22.7 and economy of 3.8 Best of 5-27 2×5 wicket games. With Bat: 736 runs at 8.9 Best of 42
Sathya Vadivale aka SATNAV due to inability to get anywhere on time and for turning up at Hendred when we were 30 miles away at Home! Always plays with a smile on his face whether stroking the ball to the fence or tossing up invisible off breaks full of F&G. Resident Bollywood star who owns dance floor with his rhythm. Debut 2005, Player number 74, Appearances 155, Batty Bowler – 2130 runs at 16.0 Highest score 87 and 8×50’s. With Ball: 145 wickets at 17.2 economy of 3.9 and best of 6-28 with 4×5 wicket games.
Joseph Leonard, Skipper, aka CUBBY or BOYC’S due to his singular focus in the opening spot (especially from the 6th ball of the over). Has bags of potential and tells us all about it regularly. Indeed loves to be out in the middle for hours and is intent on bringing success as Skipper for 2019! A bit of a tweaker with ball in hand and effective partnership breaker. Debut 2008, Player number 84, Appearances 135 : Batter – 3241 runs at 26.6. High score of 134 (Club record) with 3×100’s & 18×50’s. With the Ball: 50 wickets at 14. Economy of 4.9 Best of 5-22.
Michael Timms – aka TIMDOG, Timdiddy, is a swing bowler always seeking that troublesome line and length for the batter. Top fielder with bullet arm from near or far. Debut 2008, Player number 87, Appearances 97 : Bowler – 54 wickets at 23.1 runs, economy rate 4.3 Best 3-29. With the Bat: 303 runs at 7.6 average.
Tom Leonard – aka GUNS due to his rock physique and rolled up sleeves. One of MGCC’s young’uns busting with potential. Is an angry bowler who likes a bit of self abuse at the end of his run: kicking up turf and pulling at his flop of Claire Balding. Always keen to dive around in the field with biceps exposed! Debut 2010, Player number 92, Appearances 104 : Batty Bowler – 51 wickets at 24.1 with economy of 5.1 Best 4-12. With the Bat: 658 runs at 10.0 Highest of 42.
James Mitchell – aka Jimmy (that’s original!) is a sky-scraping quickie with prestigious late swing. Improving year on year with more games under his belt and bags more wickets to come. Debut 2012. Player Number 102. Appearances 24 Bowler – 17 wickets at 28.6 and economy of 4.5. Best of 5-39. 1x5er With Bat; 99 runs at 6.2 Best of 11*.
Sam Richardson – aka SAMBOY (with silent Y) is another one of Gibbon’s youthful elite. Burly left hander who strikes the ball cleanly, and sometimes not directly at the fielder! Also a canny right arm bowler who is just starting to pick up the art and hit the gloves. Debut 2012, Player number 109, Appearances 52 : Batty Bowler – 696 runs at 16.2 Highest 79*. 5×50’s. With the Ball: 33 wickets at 22.8 and economy of 4.2 Best 3-31.
Charlie Shipperley – aka GREGORY / SHIPPO All-Rounder who exudes calm and casual approach to all things. Tries to fit in a few games to intersperse his social events with the hoi-polloi. Talented leftie who pounces on anything short (cricket and dance floor!) and has a tricky left spinning arm too. Resident one-line comic who entertains the troops whilst Skipper bores all for the first 44 overs of the innings! Debut 2012, Player number 106, Appearances 24, Batter – 428 runs at 18.6 Highest of 72. 2×50’s. With the Ball – 11 wickets at 23.4 Best of 3-26.
Luke Fox – aka FOXY / LOFTY due to his wily 6′ 3″ stature! Full of potential to be an MGCC opening bowler. Early days for the lad who likes a bit of cheeky team banter and we expect to see much more from him. Debut 2012, Player number 110, Appearances 25 : Batty Bowler – 3 wickets so far. With Bat – 141 at 8.8 and highest of 58* 1×50.
Will Honour aka SPUD as he did not realise that potatoes need cooking before eating! One more of the Young Guns with a solid opening technique. Has coped with being in the firing line for a couple of years and now coming to terms with the task ‘up top’. Going to have a lucrative Summer at the crease, but needs to pipe down a bit! Whilst Old Man Honour carries out his role as Club Photographer! Debut 2013, Player number 111, Appearances 50 : Batter – 333 runs at 9.0 Highest 35.
James Scott – aka SCOTTY (go figure!) is another casual as you like characters with a very positive attitude to run scoring and bags of talent. Having secured independence for The Catalans we hope to see him gracing The Gibbon more often. Debut 2015. Player Number 120. Appearances 15. Batter – 332 runs at 27.7 Highest of 82* and 2×50’s.
Jacob Chambers – aka JAKEY, JAYZEE JNR is a very promising youngster. Following the genetic line has a desire for big runs! Top enthusiasm and already scored winning runs in last over and 9 wickets down to win the game. Debut 2016. Player Number 128.
Archie Mansfield – Aka The Nicest Man in the World! is a calm stroke maker at the top of the order. Bags of class, never flustered and always polite, is a credit to his parents! Debut 2017. Player Number 134. Appearances 7. Batter with 206 runs at 68.7 Highest 73* and 3×50’s.
Jayson Abbott – aka JABBA, JABBOT, JAYBONE is a hard hitting cricketer in all aspects. Middle order with a cracking eye and ability to make good balls disappear. Quicker than you think bowler with sharp short run and challenging pace to break partnerships established himself as a key all rounder in 2018. Debut 2017. Player Number 136. Appearances 16. Batty Bowler – 18 wickets at 21.6 and economy of 5.0. With the Bat: 217 runs at 18.1 Highest of 55* and 2×50’s.
Alex Coultate – aka YORKIE – is our recent overseas import with plenty of Brian Close Northern Grit who tries to get in batsman’s visor when asked to field close! Debut 2018. Appearances 6. Player Number 148. Batter – 5 innings at 10.7
Other Squaddies who turn out to make the difference include: Matt (Vicar) Mead, Seb (Ballesteros) Fox, Alex (Briefcase) Wallace, Jack (Selfie) Self and Hugo Campbell-(chopper)Harris!