Mike 'Monty’ Scanlon
Club Secretary & Treasurer
One of the finest bats ever to wear an Ormes shirt & a big help to the skip in the field (no, honestly, all that shouting from fine leg is really helpful...) Mike has been a great addition to the club since joining in ’05. If there is any room for criticism it’s that he’s a bit fragile, stitches in the mouth, a broken hand, and fingers that can break at the drop of a fart (all in 2 seasons!), I rest my case, m’lord. The nearest the club has to an old pro (well, at least until Nitin arrived!).
Previous Clubs: Whitchurch CC, Exeter University, Teddington CC, Ockley CC, Middleton CC, St James Montefiore CC.
Dave ‘Whispering Death’ Hird
Captain & Team Secretary
The ageless Dave is one of the less voluble members of the side and in true clichéd form, he lets his bowling do the talking. Often too good to get the edge, his metronomic bowling is a wonder to behold and his batting comprises meaty hitting in the late middle order, generally in the V. …(between square leg and midwicket). We are deeply indebted to Dave for his understated but amply evident leadership and drive to make us a better team - on and off the pitch.
Previous Clubs: Horsforth C.C. & Scholes C.C.
Nitin 'The Coruscating Cricket Correspondent from the Capital' Chaturvedi
Really, what has Nitin brought to the club, eh? Scored loads of runs, I thought his 205 was pretty impressive. Oh, sure he scores buckets of runs…Wickets? Yes alright, lots of wickets too…Don’t forget the catches at 1st slip, yes mustn’t forget the catches…OK, loads of catches…Consistency? Of course consistency, that goes without saying…But apart from a batting average in the 80’s, being leading runscorer and wicket taker in 2009 and 2010, having the safest pair of hands in the slip cordon since, well, ever really, and making us a much better team…what has he ever done for us? OK, point well made.
And all that on top of an 8 hour round trip to play games…WE’RE NOT WORTHY!!!!! (But very grateful..!)
Previous Clubs: Various clubs in a previous life. But seems like it all started at Ormes.
Peter heralds from ‘The Province’, Northern Ireland to you and I, AND HE WILL NOT TOLERATE…etc, etc. He joined the club in 1999 and in his first game managed to get knocked out cold and split his eyebrow open, welcome to the gentle sport of cricket. This is a man who loves his cricket, nearly as much as he loves his Volvo, campervan, Bach and comfy cardigans. Are you getting the picture? This is also a man, without who’s hard work, there would be no cricket season. If you fancy coming to play us, he’s your man, so he is!
Previous Clubs: Antrim Grammar School XI
Jeremy CooperA relatively recent recruit to the Ormes' team, his couple of seasons have been blighted by injury and business success in his épicerie. The natural successor to Bourner Entertainments as social secretary, the 'pie-eyed pie-maker from Barenton' bowls his own brand of medium rare and is the team joker. A self-proclaimed self-taught cricketer, we won't hector on about his Achilles heel - his injury may keep him on the sidelines for a while and a speedy receovery is hoped for
John ‘The Coxinator’ Cox
The elder statesman of the side and the quiet assassin, the Coxinator can run through sides when other bowlers have suffered a terrible hammering, with his own brand of very, very slow bowling – commonly known as ‘getting a lob on’. The newly-appointed Chairman, and moustachioed grenadier, who also answers to the name of ‘Ned’ (Flanders, not Kelly) is always immaculately dressed and takes very seriously his role of team sommelier. The departure of ex-Chairman, and offy, Bob Wootton will see even greater use of this airborne strike force.
Previous Clubs: Royal Hong Kong Police Cricket Club
Pete ‘Mr Floppy’ Reynolds
Don’t be fooled by his cutesy nick-name, Pete is more Rottweiler than rabbit and is the Ormes’ action man – a hugely successful former captain (we won the famous Rivershite Cup for the first time in 2008 under his charge), fiery opening bowler, one of the best fielders in the Club and destructive middle-order bat. He is the all time leading wicket taker by a significant margin and although he does not play as often now, by conservative estimates it would take about a decade for anyone to catch up with hi impressive wickets tally. Naturally, he is as busy off the field as on, being king of the barbecue, and organiser of Tours, Tournaments and Festivals; there is little this man has not done. His application to retire from the game and lead a peaceful life in England was emphatically rejected... so we hope to see him turn up (albeit infrequently) in Ormes colours for many seasons to come!
Previous Clubs: Beverley Boys School, Bradbury Wilkinsons CC New Malden, Ceraf CC Cheam Village, Eurostar CC
Ben ‘Charming’ Halsall
Ah, the mercurial Ben. One of the longest serving members of the club, Ben was there at the start, when all this was still fields (isn’t it still fields, ed?). Anyway, whilst in the field he is one of the finest and with the bat always elegant. Another who can often be found on the physio’s table, but he’s more likely to be having a nap before a casual stroll out to the middle than receiving any medical attention. Because of his flowing blond locks he has more than a passing resemblance to a young Michael (Tarzan) Heseltine.
The most promising product of our youth policy, Dan is a player with genuine ability. He’s a regular in the French national teams and developing in to a superb batsman. His scorching 140 at the beginning of the 2011 season was a strong reminder of his potential, if anyone was still in doubt. As with all our youth players, his fielding is a delight to watch (especially when he is not grumpy!). Also, like the other lads, he can be regularly found sampling the nightlife on site…they’re all gonna make proper sports stars if they carry on that way!
New to the Club in 2009, Bala was famously written off as a bowler by Cap'n Pants before he'd even bowled a ball! That view changed when he started bowling throat balls at a very sharp pace to discomfort many a visiting bat. A bit of fine-tuning (a fuller length and a slower ball) could lead to a hatful of wickets. As a middle-order bat, Bala has good technique and possesses the much-envied, and effortless, wristy flick off the legs for six. His fielding is even more impressive and a wise man would not bet against him achieving half a dozen run outs next season and being top catcher. The description 'keen cricketer' would in no way do justice to his attitude!
Julian ‘No Nickname’ Smith.
Those who’ve been coming to play us over the years will know all about Jules. To those that haven’t, he is the all time leading run scorer by a mile & (at the end of '06) joint all time leading wicket taker for the Ormes. All that is left for him to achieve is to get to a game on time. To give the opposition, some of our own chaps and his knees more of a chance, he’s playing fewer games these days.
He found the time to become a more regular name on the team sheet in 2009 and his cricket added a new dimension to the team - useful runs in the late middle order, 30 wickets of greatly improved swing bowling and incredible fielding feats...he patrols the covers like a U-boat in the shipping lanes - sweeping up anything loose alongside his partner in the covers, Bala. The wolf pack enforces a near blockade on the supply of runs from the crease to the boundary for opposition teams.
Richard "The 3rd" Hird
Richard is another product of the famous Ormes School of Excellence. He follows a well trod path being the second player (elder brother, Gary‘The 2nd’Hird, turned out for us too) to be sired By Dave ‘Whispering Death’ Hird. He is gradually developing his skills, showing fantastic agility in the field & some valuable late order runs. He will surely also follow that ‘Hird’ instinct and become an integral part of the club. Actually, he's already showing promise in this dept. by assisting our fixture sec, or 'mum' as he knows her in arranging our fixtures for the 2011 season. Of course, his development within the club depends on keeping him out of the nightclub and away from the girls...watch this space!
‘Young’ Charlie Young
Charlie joined us at the start of the 2006 season, aged 12, having been inspired by the Ashes series of '05. He is improving with every game, winning young player of the year in 2009. He has great enthusiasm and it looks like we may, at last, have a proper youth policy! The biggest challenge having youngsters in the club has caused is what to call the mums? After much debate we settled on WAG-a-Mummers, which hopefully covers everybody?
Simon ‘Robo Cop’ Clarke
If you look at the all time figures, you’d think Robo, as he’s usually known, was an ordinary player. Well, think again. When he hits a ball it stays hit…for a long time! And when he really bends his ageing back, the years roll away! The reason his figures don’t show the real Simon is that he only plays 1 month each season, as he lives on Jersey and holidays over here in August. Now, take another look at those figures and tell me they’re not impressive.
Previous Clubs: Jersey Island Cricket Club - JICC, Old Victorians Cricket Club - OVCC, Jersey United Banks Rugby Football Cricket Club - JUBRFCC (seriously!!)
Duncan ‘Capt. Pants’ Green
A son of Somerset, Capt. Pants (DJ to the stars) joined the club in 2005 and through hard work, persistence and being the owner of his own bowling machine, became the top scoring bat in 2005, '06 & '07. His wicket- keeping and batting prowess are just what England have been looking for since the demise of Alec Stewart. His running between the wickets & the tea table is legendary, with no chocolate- based snack food within 10km safe! A chronic shoulder injury has sidelined him for some time but we hope that he will be back.
Previous Clubs: Périgueux CC,(France) 1994, Mentmore CC(Bucks) 1995, Willoughby CC(Warks) 1996,