Gardeners Cricket Club
Gardeners Cricket Club

Servants of Our Game

New for 2013, this section honours the true clubmen - not necessarily the best players, although their stats have their moments, but the ones who keep the Gardeners show on the road with their efforts behind the scenes or who simply add to the gaiety (as opposed to Gaieties) of our lives.

 

 

Name: Will Clayton

 

Profile: RHB, occ WK, vv occ right-arm dross

 

Tweet dis: Reformed sledger, refined Sherminator, recidivist golfer. Our 5th centurion. Good hands in the field and off it with the club finances.

 

Pen portrait: Like all the best administrators, Will is now to be found on the golf course rather than in the middle. His final switch to the comfy slacks of financial stewardship – ending the pretence that he would turn out in whites if fine weather and childcare were aligned – came in the 2012-13 close season. That the club made him an emeritus life member, although his treasury and website work continues, was recognition of his diligence in areas that – like keeping, his on-field sideline – are proverbially noticed only when they go wrong. Since school days, Will has scarcely dropped a ball (ask him about those two slip catches against Victoria College, Jersey, if cornered at the 19th hole). A big swing and a booming drive were crucial to his batting from the off, as Will figured what was good enough for Brian Lara – low handicap, high back-lift and all – was good enough for him. After a sticky tour of West Indies, he became one of our most stylish and reliable batsmen (his sixes tally reaching 21). Will’s cutting and pulling enjoyed pace on the ball, and thrived on the harder tracks of Old Merchant Taylors and Ockley. His 103 not out, against Bohemians in 2009, remained the pinnacle of his career, with plenty of characteristic straight hitting. Just as memorable was the 82 against Pretenders in 2008 when he launched successive bowlers into the building site. Our version of the confectionary stall. RC

 

 

Name: Major Andy “The Major” Garrow
 
Profile: Right-Hand-Battery, specialist cover-point
 
Tweet dis: Wielding his bat like a demobbed field-marshal’s baton, the Major’s not at the crease for a long time, he’s there for a good time.    
 
Pen portrait: Camouflage and concealment should be second nature to a military man. Moving in to rent the flat below Clayders, however, Andy made the mistake of wearing a cricket jumper. What’s that about taking cover? He was not so much signed up as press-ganged. For the next two seasons, the Major was our middle-order enforcer, the go-to guy when quick runs were required. The combination of an unorthodox technique, a keen eye and a devil-may-care attitude meant that even the best balls could be dispatched to the boundary with minimum ceremony and maximum efficiency. He breezed the 2010 Players’ Player award. While the Major’s typical innings does not follow the Boycott school of batting, he can spend longer spells at the crease – witness his ballistic GCC best of 55 against Long Ditton in 2011. It is to be hoped we see more such knocks in future. Injury and the service of the nation prevented Andy from playing in 2012. Without him, we wonder how we held any catches at all. A team man to his core, when not encouraging fellow fielders with shouts of “stations!” or the bowler to bowl “on the stumps”, the Major acted as kitman/video analyst/debt collector at nets. “It was great to have someone downstairs taking care of business,” as the secretary inadvertently put it. A similar double-entendre may be read into Andy’s unique way with the pull-drive. With that, he’ll always have Paris. Allegedly. TL/RC

 

   Want to get        involved?

We play most of our games in Dulwich and net during the winter at The Oval.  Send us an email at gardenerscc@ymail.com

 

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and may involve some poetic licence. GCC cannot be held liable for any misrepresentation in these articles.

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