Gardeners Cricket Club
Gardeners Cricket Club
Barry Richards, Vivian Richards… Mike Richards
 
Clive Lloyd, David Lloyd… John Lloyd
 
Matt Aked, Fatty Naked… Mike Leighton?
 
Cricket is all about the great names, the unforgettable characters, the true legends. The Gardeners have had our share of each of these kinds, and more besides. For profiles of the Current Squad and those in our newly inaugurated Hall of Fame, click on the icons on The Players’ side. First, meet the skipper....
 

Name: Tom Leahy

 
Profile: RHB, SLA
 
Tweet dis: Opera-loving Tyke, foodie blogger and intercontinental ski-bum.
Leaves the slopes to spin it more than Clayders (which isn’t saying much).
 
Pen portrait: With the retirement of Hugh, and Clayders intent on becoming a medium-weak Darren Lehmann, Tom is the leading spinner in the club. Confirmation of that was his 22 wickets in 2013; the highlight being a sixfer against Highgate, the low point (also under his own aegis) being the shellacking administered by Billy Wood of Palm Tree. (You can’t say that Tom led from behind.) Possibly the poshest man to set foot in Talgarth, he endeared himself to tourists with a repertory theatre of nicknames: in descending order of comprehensibility – Cumberbatch, Nova and Frank. He bats unflappably from 1 to 11 like a fellow Yorkshire slow-left-armer, Wilfred Rhodes, and his opening partnership with Pokerface at Ewyas Harold equalled the club record for any wicket. Tom marks himself out as captaincy material by sharing Mike’s penchant for flip-flops in almost all conditions. RC

 

And the new official vice-captain.....

Name: Nick Cunningham

 

Profile: RHB, left-arm tasty
 
Tweet dis: Jazz-trumpeting, bass-rocking Cape Town seamer: everything about Cunners is swing, dude. Laid-back, he dodges pressure with a talented grin.
 
Pen portrait: So relaxed he somehow glide-levitates to the crease, then follows a whirligig of arms about a bobbing bowl of flaxen hair, that’s Cunners. Exit stage left from this maelstrom the cherry; scything through the air with all the swing of a Densmore drum line, it hits the seam – not with the malice of intent but the insouciant tyranny of beauty – and rears up from a length to thrill everybody but he who took his guard with justifiable trepidation (witness Warne of Kings, Kempton in 2011). If only Nick would get angry, we would have our own awesome Akram, vicious Voce, surly Schultz. But that’s not the style of a Renaissance Man for whom cricket, like his bass guitar, his ancient history, his thigh support and his karaoke, is just one of many pursuits that blend languidly into an easygoing life. OC

   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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  2017 Members

Matt Aked (life)

Nick Cunningham

Olly Cunningham

Jamie Elliot (life)

Sam Fryer

Chris Humphries

Ludo Hunter-Tilney

Tom Leahy

Steve Macleod

Rob Navratil (life)

Hugo Nisbet (life)

Steven Seaton

Greg Struthers

David Woodhouse (life)

Caveat lector

All our match reports and player profiles are written by third parties,

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

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