Team Members

Jonathan Smith
Captain 2002

Television Producer.
Captain, driven top-order batsman, terrier-like in the gully.
Finest hour:
Matchwinning, blizzard-of-sixes century vs Groucho
Not likely to say
"Never mind - it's only a game"
Nick Cowley

Vice-Captain 2002

Wine merchant and vice-captain. In-the-batsman's face opening bowler, fruity tailender, deadly scorer.
Finest hour:
Bowling Graham Roope first ball with giant off-cutter, vs Peter O'Toole's XI. Not likely to say:
"Well batted, son. Bad luck"


John Gleasure
Captain 2001

Television Executive.
Ex-captain, aggressive leg-spinner, classy batsman, specialist on front-foot law.
Finest hour:
Turbo-charged century, decorated with flat sixes, vs Oxted, 1997
Not likely to say:
"Damn! Must have overstepped"

Charlton Lamb

Ex-captain of enviable experience; stylish batsman, infuriating bowler, seen-it-all-before commentator in the slips.
Finest hour:
Perfectly-timed, matchwinning seventy in run-chase vs Hampstead. Not likely to say
"Fine by me - you're the skipper, after all"


Ben Nealon

Actor. Cavalier and modest batsman, star of Bollywood cricket film Lagaan.
Finest moment:
Unbeaten marching-to-victory seventy vs Hornsey.
Not likely to say:
"If I'm not number three, then there's no point turning up"

Shomit Dutta

Tall intimidating batsman; tall intimidating bowler. Telescopic fielder.
Finest hour:
Face-saving fifty in a collapse, vs Paul Getty XI 2001
Not likely to say:
"Where the hell where you? I've been here for hours"

Matthew Burton

Tempestuous opening bowler; hard-hitting (and hard-missing) left-hand bat. Finest hour:
Decisive, game-ruining 7-30 vs Sidcup Not likely to say:
"To be honest, I prefer the old ball"


Ian McKinnon

Property developer.
Powerful batsman and nippy bowler.
Finest hour:
Spectacular century at Bank of England, vs Heartaches.
Not likely to say:
"I've been playing too much - I'm jaded"

Richard Wyse

Medical Director.
Evergreen allrounder, predatory close-in fielder.
Finest hour: Over a thousand runs in a season, 1974
Not likely to say:
"I think it's a day for the seamers, to be fair"

Edward Hughes

Ultra-smart wicketkeeper-batsman, very much in his depth at this level.
Finest hour:
Blur-of-hands legside stumping off Nick Cowley, vs Bromley, 2001
Not likely to say:
"Whoah, bit sharp for me. Think I'll stand back"

Written by Robert Winder & Ian Smith
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