Name: Rob Navratil
Name: Hugo Nisbett
Name: Mike Richards
Profile: RHB, WK, occ right-arm jagging
Tweet dis: Inspirational keeper, ex-captain. Calm, composed, a subtle moral force. Latterly, our bearded wonder. Er, Christian Bale?
Pen portrait: Those who remember Bridgetown may ask where he learnt to soca; those who recall 2006’s runs (a club record aggregate of 492 at an average of 49 and a highest score of 98 not out) whether he was named after Psmith’s peerless pal; serial Scottish tourists if he really packed an iron. Today, it’s all about the beard, unveiled without warning like some new doosra in winter 2012. A rakish number, owing as much to the Golden Age of Gloriana as of Grace, it means Mike surely takes the gloves in the first XI of face fur – alongside WG, Botham, Amla, Marshall, Monty, “Ayatollah” Brearley and the rest – on razor-avoidance alone. Yet his metrosexuality knows no boundaries: he arrived at one net clutching a (suede? nubuck?) manbag. A manbag? His keeping (already more than sound) keeps on improving with age. RC
Name: David Woodhouse
Profile: RHB, vv occ WK, vvv rare right-arm loopy
Tweet dis: Tipster, scholar, lexicon-wielding polymath – opening batsman and goalkeeping fielder who cuts and bruises for the cause.
Pen portrait: Gordon Greenidge on one leg was famously more dangerous than most of his peers on two: if you saw the great West Indian limping, you prepared to chase leather. David Woodhouse likes to tell the story, but he’s far too modest to say the same warning should apply to him. Cracked toes, pulled hammies and stiff little fingers are all in his afternoon’s work, and we’re not even going near the number of skin grafts he needs after his fearless in-fielding. There’s something Gooch-like about David at his best: judicious cuts, legside cuffs, rugged cover drives. He first carried his bat in his second game (The Gents, 2003); happily, he’s made a habit of it – notably against Bohemians in 2011. 4 time Batsman of the Year winner, he plans to retire at 51, like Jack Hobbs. Plenty of time to improve on his two unbeaten 92s then. RC
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