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
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