Meet the Brentwood Cricket Club Committee, Coaching and Team Management
Nickname/s: El Presidente
Date of Birth: 21st January 1946
Bowled: Right-arm flighted filth
Specialist Fielding Position: First slip. Might occasionally have been found at second slip, but definitely nowhere else.
Best Batting: 104 n/o vs Holmesdale, 4 June 1989.
Best Bowling: 3 for 7 vs Hadleigh & Thundersley, 18 June 1995
Best Fielding: 4 catches more times than I can remember
Previous Clubs: Romford 1962-1969; South Essex 1969-1975
Brentwood CC Member since: 1976
Representative Honours: Essex Club & Ground, 1996
Off-field Club duties: President; keeping our LVPs supplied with beer during 1st XI home games
Little known personal fact: Used to be a national newspaper journalist.
Sporting hero(es): Brian Moore
Hobbies or Interests: Collecting books on English test series.
Nickname/s: Webby, Spider, The Chair, Sheikh
Date of Birth: 20th June 1972
Bats: Infrequently, left-handed
Bowls: Right arm, round arm, leg spin...
Specialist Fielding Position: Covers
Best Batting: A 36 ball, 0 not out v Ilford, 3rd XI, 26th August 2000. We were 'chasing' 301 and ended up 36-8 thanks to a marvellous 14 over rear-guard by my brother and myself during which we were constantly sworn at and verbally abused. Feel free to ask me for a ball-by-ball run through in the bar! And best of all it meant Ilford got relegated!
Worst Batting: Vs Hainault & Clayhall, 3rd XI, 10th August 2002. Going in to face the last ball of the match with 6 required to win. Having missed the ball I decided to run the 6 instead. I'm convinced I could have done it, but Ash wasn't backing up and the 'keeper already had the ball.
Best Bowling: 8-56 v Hainault & Clayhall, 4th XI, 11 August 2001. Before I'd taken a wicket, their umpire (who was also their captain) told me I was trying too hard and that I should stop trying to bowl too fast. I took his advice and we bowled them out for 99.
Alternative Best Bowling: 6-39 v Walthamstow, 4th XI, 7th June 2003. My first haul bowling leg-spin.
Best Catch: Too many to mention them all but there was a catch I took for the 1st XI away at Buckhurst Hill in August 2012...need I go on...??!
Previous Clubs: None worthy of mention
Brentwood CC Member since: 1979
Off-field Club Duties: Chairman
Awards: Most Improved Player 1991, Clubman of the Year 2000, 2003 and 2012, 4th XI Player of the Year 2001, Presidents Award 2006, Champagne Moment 2012
Little known personal fact: Undisputed boundary-bowls champion, 2003.
Sporting hero(es): Slaven Bilic
Hobbies or Interests: My family, good food, good wine and playing golf (usually badly)
Date of Birth: 8th March 1950.
Bowls: Mainly a seam bowler but also bowled leg breaks and off breaks.
Specialist Fielding Position: none
Best Batting: 61 not out 1998 2nd team vs Old Brentwoods.
117 not out 3rd team vs Woodford Wells.
121 for Vics
Best Bowling: 1985 1st XI 5-52 vs Hadleigh including a hat trick ripping out the middle order.
1987 1st XI 5-37 vs Chelmsford. 8-11 in a bank hol friendly.
Previous Clubs: 1964 - 1978 Coventry Ramblers CC; 1978 - 1980 Bath University & Hampset CC;
Forty club 2008-2011, Essex over 50s 2000-2005, Essex over 60s 2010 - 2012, Brentwood CC 1981 - present
Brentwood CC Member since: Joined the club in 1981 from Bath University
On-field Club duties: None
Off-field Club duties: Treasurer
Little known personal fact: I am a doctor (not medical)
Hobbies or Interests: Football, Cricket, Squash, Badminton, Golf, Chess, Snooker
Worst Moment: Having to face Merv Hughes at Woodford Wells. Going in at No 11 with the team on very few for 9, Merv did not get me out 1st ball so he snarled and foul-mouthed me and bowled a bouncer before yorking me next ball and pointing to the pavilion.
Most Memorable Match: 1986 1st XI vs Fives. Chasing 240, out strolls Dickie Mee to join me with the team on 225-9. We scramble a few runs nearly getting run out several times but with 2 balls left Mordrick bowls me a leg stump ball which I heaved over long leg and over the pavilion for 6 to win the game.
4th XI Captain. Bowler
Name: Ryan Pocock
Nickname/s: Rhino, Pocock, Big Daddy
Date of Birth: 29/06/88
Bowls: probably best I don't/right-arm filth
Specialist Fielding Position: WK/Slip
Best Batting: 90 for 4th XI away at Ilford 2016 season. Big up Harb Pabla for being a runner!!
Best Bowling: Took 3 wickets in an over in a 6-a-side competition when I was about 10/11 against Buttsbury School in front of a raucous home crowd for Lee Chapel Primary.
Previous Clubs: Hullbridge
Brentwood CC Member Since: 2015
On-field Club duties: Scorer of 20-odd and get out based on last season. Keeping things light-hearted
Off-field Club duties: Dance choreographer
Little known personal fact: I have been in 3 bands The Input, Eudemonic & The Filthy Vibe
Sporting hero: Too many to mention. David Beckham was probably my first true idol though
Hobbies or Interests: Any sport..Cricket, football, rugby, baseball, american football, athletics
Worst Moment: Golden duck at Chingford...kit flying around the dressing room...drew the game...confirmed relegation...lashed it down and stuck in traffic driving home...Mrs had the hump when I got in...a great way to end my season last year..
Most Memorable Match: Personally, the aforementioned school match (worrying there hasn't been one since then), I was absolutely flying during the game, a great feeling. As a team, I love any game that is close, win or lose, that competitive pressure is as close as we mortals get to professional sport so it's always a pleasure to be involved in such close encounters.
4th XI Captain. Bowler
Date of Birth: 19th August 1965.
Bowls: Medium swing.
Specialist Fielding Position: Fine leg.
Best Batting: 42 for the IIIs at Woodford Wells in August 2005. Chasing 290-odd, added over 100 with Ash Pastel after joining him at 100 for 8. My 25-year-old bat split in the course of the boundary frenzy. Ash finished on 119 not out. In fact he was to blame for my dismissal as he had just told me that if we batted sensibly we could win. I naturally responded by swinging across the line and being given lbw by some visually impaired umpire called Ken Lingwood.
Best Bowling: 8 for 27 from 15 overs for the IIIs against Gidea Park in August 2005. GPR had sledged my batting during defeat at their place. I came back from holiday a day early so I could play against them again. Sweet revenge. Included a hat-trick.
Previous Clubs: Longridge, Lincoln Lindum.
Brentwood CC Member since: 2003
On-field Club duties: Making everyone else feel good about their fielding. Helping run sons' colts sides.
Off-field Club duties: Third XI scribe.
Awards: 2005 and 2008 player of the year for the IIIs.
Little known personal fact: Sometimes drink lager.
Sporting hero(es): Wasim Akram, Clive Lloyd, Harry Pilling (all great Lancastrians), and, obviously,Tony Prior and Mick Payne (all great old people).
Hobbies or Interests: Ale quality control.
Worst Moment: Away at Woodford Wells III in 2011 when they chased down 280-odd and Brentwood degenerated into a swearing, shameful rabble.
Most Memorable Match: Hat-trick day against GPR.
Playing member since 1982.