Players

 

Greg Alexander

Left hand opening bat with all the style of his hero David Gower (well, maybe just the leg glance). Occasional bowler of Chinamen.

Lifelong member of the Club, and lifelong sentence as Treasurer.

“And we don’t need a calculator to tell us that the

required run-rate is 4.5454 per over” – Christopher Martin-Jenkins

 

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Richard Crowther

Richard Crowther

Batting style: rarely known to trouble the scorers…Highest score:  One half-century many years ago, that included being dropped on three occasions.Bowling style:  slow, becoming very slow, then agonisingly slow. Speciality:  off & leg-break, googly, plus flippers, mask & snorkel…… (all untrue)

Club’s leading wicket-taker including two hat-tricks.

“I’m all right when his arm comes over, but I’m out of form by the time the bloody ball gets here” – Fred Trueman on the slow bowling of Peter Sainsbury

 

Ross Alexander

 

 

Ross Alexander

In his ‘youth’ he used to play cricket at quite a high level. He then found friendship and beers so now he plays for MCC and occasionally he gets some runs and has been known to win a few club cups.

RH Bat and RH medium ‘fast’ bowler

For Mynthurst he made his debut circa 2002.

“That was a tremendous six: the ball was still in the air as it went over the boundary” – Fred Trueman

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Holland

Ben Holland

Ben Holland

Ben is the “original” Mynthurst colt. His career at the club spans over 16 years and dates back to
his days of being shorter, fatter and more rosy-cheeked. Ben offers a bit with bat and ball and his RELATIVE athleticism means he is fairly highly regarded in the field. His “in game” personality, affectionately named Günter, adds a bit of aggression to even the most placid of Sunday afternoon friendlies!

Right-hand bat – moderately skilled slogger, and right-arm medium bowler – liquorice

“The other advantage England have got when Phil Tufnell is bowling is that he isn’t fielding” – Ian Chappell

 

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Nick (Neil Cricket) Ryman

A bowling all-rounder. Combative although sometimes too competitive. My temper has calmed down with age as long as no one drops a catch or edges me through slip… enjoying captaincy as long as the fielders go where I want…

Bowling: frugal medium-fast

Left-hand bat, stodgy.

“I don’t ask my wife to face Michael Holding, so there’s no reason why I should be changing nappies” – Ian Botham

 

 

Simon Watson

 

Simon Watson

Preferably found behind the stumps. What I lack in cricketing skills I try to make up for with tenacity and “vocal encouragement” whilst on the pitch. I have been a member of the mighty Mynthurst CC since 2013 and play Twenty20 cricket for my works team.

Right-hand bat/right-arm medium

“His throw went absolutely nowhere near where it was going” – Richie Benaud

 

 

 

 

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Paul Hopkinson

Played for Mynthurst since the club was established in 1999.Bowling: right-arm slow-medium. Previously highly effective moon-baller.

Batting: right-hand indifferent, subject to bowling.

Famously scored a dogged unbeaten 50 on the cigarette littered pudding wicket of Wandsworth Common

 

“It’s hard work making batting look effortless” – David Gower

 

Mike, Don’t Mention Ryde, Burbidge

Mikey ‘Moo Moo’ Burbidge

Played for South Hatch before the mighty Mynt in 1999. Has scored some wickets and taken some runs in a generally right handed fashion. Batting is becoming harder and the bowling slower, generally with a smile. The most popular person at the club. Famously was clubbed for 99 (NINETY NINE) runs off 9 (NINE) overs. Yes 99. As in 99 Red Balloons – the 1983 song by the German band Nena. Away from cricket Mikey enjoys baking, needlecraft and is a massive Status Quo fan. He is also a frequent visitor to Knockhatch Owl Sanctuary with a particular interest in the African Spotted Eagle Owl.

“Go on Hedley, you’ve got him in two minds, he doesn’t know whether to hit you for four or six” – Arthur Wood to Hedley Verity

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chairman Robert Burbidge

Robert Burbidge

“How can you tell your wife you are just popping out to play a match and then not come back for five days?” – Rafa Benitez struggling to come to terms with Test cricket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crispy Wittekind

Martin ‘Crispy’ Wittekind

“Other than his mistakes, he hasn’t put a foot wrong.” Simon Hughes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adam Douglas Burbidge

Adam Burbidge

 

“I can’t really say I’m batting badly. I’m not batting long enough to be batting badly” – Greg Chappell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Colin ‘Haymaker’ Bell

Colin Bell

One of the founding members of Mynthurst after moving from South Hatch CC.
This son of the soil is a specialist in all things agricultural, a true advocate of the “haymaker” no matter what the bowling to cow corner.
Left handed bat usually at the end of the innings.
Best batting usually overseas. Right arm over bowler who can usually “tie” an end up. Can be found grazing in the slips.

 

 

 

 

Ed ‘The Beard’ Suter

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The Beard

Projapoti: A zero rotation slower or variation ball, which when bowled correctly, moves erratically in flight like a
butterfly. So named by the Bangladesh bowling coach Ian Pont & fielding coach Julien Fountain as Projapoti means butterfly in Bengali.  Based on the same aerodynamic principles as baseball’s knuckleball.

 

 

Les Briley

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Les ‘The Mower’ Briley

Les Briley is a English former footballer who played as a midfielder in the Football League for Hereford United, Wimbledon, Aldershot, Millwall and Brighton & Hove Albion. He began his career as an apprentice with Chelsea, without playing for the first team. He is currently Mynthurst Cricket Club’s Head Groundsman.

Senior Career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1976 Chelsea 0 (0)
1976–1978 Hereford United 61 (2)
1978–1980 Wimbledon 61 (2)
1980–1984 Aldershot 157 (11)
1984–1991 Millwall 227 (13)
1991–1992 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 (0)
1992–1994 Slough Town 37 (2)