Nickname - "Weedo"
One of Ricky's nice guys and one of England's most loyal fans. Travelling all round the world year after year watching England play. 2006 was an indifferent year for big Jimbo as runs would flow infrquently every other week with a handful of ducks in between. A drop down to the seconds showed what the big fella is capable of but Ricky need the big man in the 1st XI at 6. Hopefully one day we will see that potential restored, but for now Jim is in semi-retirement in Oxford.
James has the ability to employ great staff which is always a bonus. But the real mystery, Miss Marple, is what on earth Jim was doing in the Allrounders section - unless of course this is a reference to his ever increasing girth.
All Time Bowling : 82 wickets at 20.27
All Time Batting : 1473 runs at 12.2
Nickname - "The Fat Hat Man"
Sacha joined Rickmansworth from rivals Chorleywood after they dropped him for being overweight. He was looking forward to a great 2006 when he tried to pick up a girl in a club and broke his hand - some advice Sacha "try to pick on the ones less than 20 stone next time !"
A good couple of years in the 1st XI tailed off in 2009 as his wedding loomed large and in 2010 Sacha didn't make any appearances at all as he moved to Putney (posh git!). Retired too early as he was just 62 runs away from 1000 runs. You could have reached that by 2015 Sash...
All time Batting : 938 runs at 19.5
Nickname - "The Beast"
Apart from Middlesex and Stanmore, Zawar has hardly played any cricket. In fact he is best known for his beautifully defined muscles and extraordinarily powerful biceps and triceps. Ooo-err. In fact, Zawar would rather be pumping iron than running 26 yards - hence his propensity for hitting sixes whenever he can. Why run when you can stroll....
Easily the top league run scorer in one season for Ricky for the last 10 years. At least.
2008 Average : 655 runs at 50.4
Nickname - "X man"
What a catch Xavier turned out to be. An array of stunning shots, coupled with spin bowling which turns square on occasion AND a beautiful girlfriend in tow (teachers never looked that good in my day), Xavier really does have it all. A maiden 100 for the club (alright in a Sunday friendly) and lots of wickets for the man they call Leo. The Chipperfield scorer thought that Xav and Neil Davies were brothers due to the similar surnames. Well I guess you can see the striking resemblance can't you !
Xav's favourite tipple is anything chechoslovakian.
We hope Xav may come back one day - we hope.
All time Bowling ; 48 wickets at 23.0
All time Batting : 962 runs at 27.5 (including 8 half centuries)
Nickname - "Show Pony"
Very much the Christiano Ronaldo of the Rickmansworth team, Tony as he is affectionately known, came on a free transfer from Chorleywood over the Winter of 05/06. Tony has a slight injury problem - that is, if he doesn't have one before the game then he will try and manufacture one during it. Of course, this makes him all the more precious when he hits the winning runs or takes a wonder catch. And, of course, Tony does do exactly that. He took a wicket with his first ball for Ricky in both league and cup games, and more recently guided Ricky to a famous win over local rivals Chipperfield. Tends to disappear in the field, but only when it is his turn to buy a round. Tony can now be found on the Golf courses of Moor Park.
Take a look at those all-time averages. And imagine what he would have done in 300 games, not 33.
All time Bowling ; 54 wickets at 12.17
All time Batting ; 867 runs at 34.7
Nickname - "Big Dave"
Big 'Gay' Dave Allison. 2005 was a big year for Mr Allison with a number of life changing decisions having been made. Building his own house and deciding to join Rickmansworth while also proposing to the beautiful Stephanie. Success on all counts with 48 wickets and with some help from a young Australian labourer the house is almost ready. In tandem with the colonel, a match winning partnership has been put in place. Ohh and Steph said yes. But given that Dave is without doubt the best looking member of the 1st team, as well as the most intelligent, this makes him quite a catch.
Dave retired from serious Cricket in 2009, but with bowling figures as below you can see how much he was missed.
All time Batting : 324 runs at 11.2
All time Bowling : 130 wickets at 12.82
Amit is an opening bowler that bowls with good pace and accuracy, he bowls for long spells and is always attacking.
Amit had a good 2008 season but it would have been ever better if the fielders had not let him down with dropped catches, Amit will be looking to have a super season in 2009 and will be the leader of the attack. In 2008 Amit led the line with 35 wickets at 20.14.
Nickname: "Three Seconds"
Known as Tug Boat. The slowest teenager ever, constantly running in treacle. However makes up for it with some beautiful hard turning offspin. Misses large parts of early season for no particular reason. Great things are expected of Ian each season and this may be his season. Also noted for his ability to skull a pint in less time than it takes him to run a single. Up to you to guess what it takes him 3 seconds to do that takes a normal man 10 minutes !
Ian likes roller skating, eating out, making new friends and watching mummer plays. He is looking for a girl with a GSOH, athleticism and a left-handed bowling action. He will travel.
Nickname - "The Colonel"
Ex 3rd team skipper and opening batsmen for many years and now the 1st team umpire. The Colonel has the most bizarre record imaginable, as an opening batsmen he has never got a fifty while scoring 49 many times. Some of the old folk in the bar look on with hard feelings.' This is jug avoidance at its best', commented an ex player Archie Yates. Now with a new pair of knees the colonel is now enjoying being in and around the club once again. Also uncle to the 1st team captain.
Often seen smoking a large cigar!!
Nickname - "Windsor"
Neil has scored 6 runs in the last 2 years. And taken 6 less wickets.
Neil is currently on the transfer list for 2010 - any and all bids are welcome.
Nickname - "Sicknote"
Known as sicknote. The greatest player never to play a full season and 2006 is unlikely to be any different. One of Ricky's most consistent performers and most consistently injured. Whether it be hamstrings, groins, back, fingers or torn testicles, nothing can stop this man playing half a season tops.
Simon was reportedly fit and raring to go for 2004 but dropped out a week before the season started. The same for 2005. In fact nobody actually remembers what Jacko looks like ! He has been approaching 5000 career runs for the club for the last 15 years - roll-on 2006/2007/2008/2009... !
* Lifetime Batting: 4870 at 28.2
2005 Batting: DNB
* Lifetime Bowling: 23 wickets at 20.4
2005 Bowling: DNB
Nickname - "The Space Man"
None of us remember how Hasi joined us in the first place. Maybe he fell to earth somehow. But what a treat it was to have him with us. An ex-combined Universities player, Hasi was a very classy batsman. Archie also said "the boy can bowl" and nobody knew more about Cricket than Archie. Hasi was great entertainment in the game and afterwards in the Bar. A prolific consumer of the strongest curries available, quite how Hasi and his shiny pate made it into his 30's we will never know. He also came on Cricket tours as well - one in Burton stands out as the finest every known.
* Lifetime Batting : 987 runs at 20.95
Top Score of 94
Nickname - "BOB"
Ah Mr flexible - except when it came to showering but more of that later. Gary played in all positions for all the teams and was, at one time, reputed to be the finest fielder in the club. Always gave of his best and opened for the 2nd team in his final year at the club, 2005. Married the girl next door - quite literally as he used to pop next door to give her extra help with her homework and now she does his housework for him !! Now back to the shower scene. Much like the film Psycho, Gary had an avid fear of showers which, he said, had something to do with a 'bad experience as a boy at school'. Hence Gary's nickname of BOB (or 'Bend Over Boy' as his old housemaster would say).
Adrian Stewart (Australian Import)
Nickname - "Workaholic"
A 3rd Grade Cricketer from Sydney's Fairfield Liverpool Club, there was nothing 3rd Grade about AJ's pulling power with the ladies (0) or his work ethic (0). "AJ" was however a hard hitting batsman and a bowler with extreme accuracy. Ricky seemed to have picked up a star in 2005 as he arrived as a bowler but averaged over 45 with the bat until the end of June. Great things were expected of this young man, including free drinks at the Pub. However after some woeful performances in Long Island and Winkers his stock diminshed quicker than a Neil Davies pastie. Ricky expected to see a lot more of this young man's blue jockey's in 2006, but it wasn't to be. A one-hit wonder for 2005.
2005 Batting: 451 at 26.5
2005 Bowling: 35 wickets at 14.7
Nickname - "The Voice of Reason"
Martin was a wonder to behold. Abusive, agressive, threatening physical violence, intimidatory and a bully. And that was just to our own umpire in the car on the way to the game. At his peak, Martin could take a game away from the opposition in the blink of an eye, and could bring the house down with a witty observation or remark.
He was also responsible for such antics as 'nude at 90', plate glass window surfing, that's a Bell-End, one more coke for the road sir, and any number of infamous events at the club in the last 15 years.
Martin is now in respite care at near neighbours Chiltern06 and nobody misses him.
Long overlooked as a mere utility player Martin has come from nowhere to be one of the teams best bowlers and his unmatched haul of wickets in 2005 already proves the point. Martin gets great lift off the turf and with his away swing gives more catches to Brett and the slips than anyone else. Also scored 71 a couple of years ago, so no slouch with the willow - unless you are a 12 year old leg spinner in which case meet your bunny.
Experienced a golden summer in 2005, not least in Winkers when he scored more often than Kate Moss on a night out with Pete Doherty, Martin has now turned the corner and likes nothing better than a night in with the girlfriend watching Corrie (yeah right - Ed). Ricky expects much of the Lindley machine in 2007.
Finally the editor has grabbed this picture of Martin with a mystery blonde. Not for the first time eh marty ?
Ash is a genuine all rounder and delivers the goods every season, with his talent he should really be playing for the 2nd or even the 1st team. Ash is a top guy that is always smiling and very friendly to all, he also is a very fine hitter of the ball and a good medium pacer. 2009 will be a very big season for Ash as he has now given up the 3rd team captaincy and will look to show his ability at a higher level which he is very capable of. 2008 was no mean year for him as he was at the top of the bowling and batting averages as his figures show below, I for one will be happy to see him push the other guys for places and show what he can do.
Rickmansworth's overseas player for 2009 is certainly the first Rickmansworth players to be a current International vice-captain and is probably amongst the 3 quickest bowlers to represent the Green and Gold in the last 20 years (alongside Josh and Rob). He is certainly the first to be born in Dar-es-Salaam.
In his first league game for the club Khalil took 7 wickets and he looks to be a very dangerous customer with the ball in his hand. He hasn't scored a run yet, but maybe he will sometime soon.
Nickname - "Yum Yum"
Christian was a mainstay at Ricky for many years where he was carefully nurtured for greater things before he suddenlt got his first girlfriend at the age of 26 and subsequently announced his retirement from all forms of Cricket.
Of course, she left him after discovering that the last time he bought a round was in 1991, and his generosity rarely extended beyond the loan of a fiver 'to buy yourself something nice doll'. However Christian does not deign to return to Ricky quoting "my cricketing days are over". Well I have got news for you pal - the same is true of your brand-new Cricket bat as it goes into the club raffle at the Dinner this year. Cheers. !
How does one man become so popular and the face of Rickmansworth Cricket Club within such a short space of time. How does one man reach legend status before notching up 50 games for the club? Well you will just have to ask him. Because its our Stuart.
Not the most fleet of foot, Stuart resorts to bludgening the opposition bolwers to death. And the younger the better. Many's the 13 year old deposited back over his head by our Stuart.
Favourite fielding position: Bar
Favourite sandwich filling: Colt du vin
Favourite Cricketer: Mike Gatting
Everything at Ricky revolves around Stuart. But the least said about that the better.