OUR TEAM

Porchfield Cricket Club consists of one team of competent, committed and experienced cricketers. Some play Saturdays, some play Sundays some play both days and suffer the rest of the week. Someone once said that 'hard work beats talent when talent doesnt work hard.' It is safe to say that we a re a hard working team.

 

Please note that any of the descriptive words could and in most cases probably should be prefixed with in/un.

Playing Members

David Pratt

Also known as: Dave, Pratty, Dad, Grandad, 'The Cat'.

 

Club Role: Treasurer, PCC Worker Bee, Head Barman.

 

Bio: With feline like abilities he can often be found asleep behind the stumps but, it is behind the bar he becomes alive. He is the the old man of the team now that the Honarable Sir Clive is almost retired. Even with his advancing years he still out runs most of the youngesters between the wickets.

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Oliver

Also known as: Winks, Winky

 

Club Role: Vice Captain, Club Welfare Officer, Head Player Herder.

 

Bio: Slow (very slow) right arm bowler and quick (very quick (to get out)) batsmen. Wink has the reputation of being the best ever mediocre bowler to ever grace the hallowed turf at Porchfield, regularly beating his delivery to the batsman. He swings it and cuts it both ways, although neither he or the batsman know how. Once reverred for his fielding prowess, Winks aging legs and powerful position in the team have seen his become more acustomed to slip fielding. leaving the chasing of the red to the younger folk, Captains privilage. Alex picked up the Fielder of the Year Award 2019 for PCC and with the longest bio, the obvious editor of these witty overviews.

Owain Hooper

Also known as: Hoops, Hoopsy, Dwayne

 

Club Role: Vice Captain, Bar Staff, Vice Player Herder.

 

Bio: Hoops is another player who bats, bowls and fields well (even if sometimes oversteps the rope). He often enjoys conversing to his Welsh brethrin and has the claim to fame as being the only Welsh player to don the PCC shirt*. Owain is often seen up at the club improving facilities and was the main driving force behind recent bar improvements.

 

*(In that he's been to Wales more than any other player). 

Callum Capon

Also known as: Capes, Coach Capon, Mr. Morale, Baby Cakes

 

Club Role: Coach, H2O Quality Inspector and Distributer, Assistant to the Waste Management Assistant

 

Bio: Callum Capon is the opening bowler of the team. A man growing quickly in stature, pace and waist circumference (although this is now, like the economy, in recession). Due to the serious injury, Capon took up the mantle of Coach for the 2019 season. He offers a lot to the team in the way of team talks, bar songs but mainly supplies the team with endless laughs.

 

Jack Oliver

Also known as: Jackanory, Human Mannequin

 

Club Role: Talent Acquisition Officer, PCC Padawan

 

Bio: A blossoming member of the club. Jack has recently begun to develop his batting skills and starting to produce some good innings. We all hope that he will soon develop the ability to run which will help when fielding and running between the wickets as currently a sloth moves quicker than him. Hopes are high for this young player to step up into a more senior role within the club. With great power comes great responsibility!

Paul Price

Also known as: Pricey, Pottsy, Scampi, Scamp

 

Club Role: Senior Mechanic

 

Bio: A devilish left arm seamer and destructive with the bat - he likes to destroy practice nets. A good cricketer but an amazingly lucky man (see Mrs. Price). These aren't his only good qualities, Barry White smooth hair when it's fresh and genuinely one of, if not the nicest man on the planet. Well played Pricey (and when we say this, it's never cricket related).

 

Mark Gordine

Also known as: Beany, Bean

 

Club Role: Fitness Specialist

 

Bio: A totally committed member of the club, and by committed I mean he should be. He is our fitness expect and for those members keen enough to go to the gym he will offer advice and workout strategies to suit. He is likened to a whippet between the wicket and his versatility means he can bat from number one down to eleven and bowl anywhere. A real asset to the squad and PCC Family.

 

Tobias Corbin

Also known as: TC, Toby

 

Club Role: Banter Sponge

 

Bio: Probably our most gifted player, but my God doesn't he know it. Previously this lad thought he was too good for us and disappeared to pastures new. However, he saw the light and now is back and socires runs for fun. He has matured over the last season and is becoming a half-decent bloke, pairing nicely with his cricketing ability. Lets all hope this upward trend continues, but don't hold your breath. Tobias picked up the 2019 PCC Batsman of the Year Award

William Pratt

Also known as: Will, Wills, Pratt Junior

 

Club Role: Fire Safety Officer, PCC Padawan

 

Bio: Pratt Junior by name and by nature. One of our younger players coming through into the adult team. Will is a bowler who bowls a niggling line and length. He has continued to develop his batting and fielding an will soon become an all rounder to be feared, unlike Senior Pratt. Will picked up the prestigious PCC Bolwer of the Year Award for 2019.

 

Kieran Lewis

Also known as: Kier, Kiz

 

Club Role: Senior Talent Acquisition Officer, Waste Management Expert

 

Bio: A man not only blessed with outstandingly good looks but also a pacey stock delivery.Kieran partners soon to be brother-in-law Capon in opening the bowling, but with usually more deserved results. We're not sure if the batsmen get lost in bis dreamy eyes or struggle to cope with his pace and movement which cause him to snare so many victims. We all thank Kieran for bringing along his family keeping all entertained. 

Matt McVeigh

Also known as: McVitty

 

Club Role: PCC Padawan

 

Bio: A man of very few words but possesses great potential. Explosive with bat and ball, Matt can make things happen and very quickly. Another player beginning to show his potential after being given the opportunity to excel. Exciting things to come from this player.

 

 

Spencer Stevens

Also known as: Spence, Spenny

 

Club Role: Song Writer / Lyricist

 

Bio: Spence is a welcome addition to the squad this year. With vast experience of high quality cricket, Spence brings with him a certain chic style of cricket evidently lacking in the rest of the squad. A seasoned player Spence scores elegant runs, restricts scoring in the field and his bowling has become essential in slowing the often high run-rate. The only problem is we dont see him for four weeks at a time.

Harry Ridley

Also known as: Rids, FBC Founder

 

Club Role: Banter Distribution Officer

 

Bio: Harry is the founding member of the FBC (Fast Bowling Cartel), although the term fast relates to none of its members bowling speeds and more linked to the ability with quick witted banter. Harry bowls left arm medos and is a destructive batsman. He is a welcome addition back to the club's bowling armoury after several years plying his trade in Plymouth. Welcome back Champ.

Billy Clarke

Also known as: Bills, Billy No Yates

 

Club Role: Water and Heating Manager

 

Bio: Billy 'No Yates' Clarke is one of the club's opening batsmen / wicket keepers. A classical batsman of pure cricketing play, no slogging seen here. Ready to rack up the runs once again this season, but not too quickly. Also useful with the ball and in the field, is there anything this lad can't do? (Yes - he can't respond to texts or be seen in Yates).

 

John Heather

Also known as: The Wall

 

Club Role: Substitue Grill Operative

 

Bio: John is a recent recruit into the Porchfield Cricket Club fold. The allrounder is a term perfect to describe this gentleman. He bats, he bowls and he fields with class and style. Much like a wall, nothing gets through him in the field, although there seem to have been some windows added in recent seasons. John adds a touch of class to the otherwise ragged, unkept, crude team.  

 

 

Andrew Sim

Also known as: Simmer, The Yak, HMS Sim, Simbad

 

Club Role: Archivist, Nutrition Distributer, Keeper of Useless Information

 

Bio: Where do we begin? Andrew Sim is somewhat of an enigma, if he is not at a carboot buying tat, or scurrying across the island with luke-warm chinese, you'll often find him grazing on the outfield at Colemans Lane.A constant mover, he's never in the same place, regardless of how many times he's retuned to his original fielding position by the Captain. High scoring with the bat and essential in the running of club events, Simmer is adored by all. 

Mike West

Also known as: Westy

 

Club Role: Enforcer

 

Bio: Westy has recently returned to the cricket club after a spell away from the club. After a fantastic first year returning to the club, Westy showed his skill in the field and with the bat. After some incredible performances, Westy was named PCC Players Player for 2019.

 

Thomas Cox

Also known as: Tom

 

Club Role: Youth Team Pro, Restorer of Faith in Youth Cricket

 

Bio: Another product of the youth set up at the club. Thomas is an incredibly talented batsman, solid in defence, technically correct in his shots. Great shot selection and amasses his runs with aplomb. He is an equally effective bowler, using his control, accuracy and decent pace to be a thorn in any batsman's side.

Ian Walter

Also known as: Senior Walter

 

Club Role: Talismanc Seamer, Scrap Collection Minister

 

Bio: The Man, The Myth, The Legend. Father of the Prodical son, right, Ian is a local legend and fierce competetor. Known for his love of ice cream and disapointment if needed to play. Ian always shows the highest level of commitment in the field and with ball in hand. Stubborn lower order batsman but has been known to waft the willow on occasion.

 

 

 

Danny Walter

Also known as: Junior Walter

 

Club Role: Irritant

 

Bio: A once blossoming career, including a score in excess of 50 vs The MCC for Ryde School, Danny's career has certainly seen a decline in recent years, He has continued to show his face throughout the season and remains a constant issue on social media platforms. Now known as a fielding allrounder, Danny often shows his lack of enthusiasm for the sport whilst offering others advice. We hope that, one day, Danny will aspire to show his true potential and emulate the form shown by his father. There's a Star Wars joke in there somewhere, but we can't find it.

Shav Parkar

Also known as: Shavlar

 

Club Role: Events Manager, Rock and Roll Consultant

 

Bio: Shav is a recent addition to the PCC family. Briniging with him a huge amount of experince on the decks (the spinning music kind), Shav brings class to the team. Shav bowls, fields and bats with elegance and we look forward to playing with him again this summer.

Alan Green

Also known as: Al, The Reverand

 

Club Role: Chief Scout

 

Bio: The big man in the village and Shav's neighbour. Alan is a proper club man, helping out with the juniors and taking wickets for fun with the adults. Another pupil at the school of nice blokes.

 

Joseph White

Also known as: Joe

 

Club Role: Junior Groundsman

 

Bio: He plays cricket, he plays football, he plays golf and now he's back to cricket. In essence, Joe is the cat, and cricket is the laser pen, when it's shining, he just can't resist it. We welcome Joe back after his sporting sabbatical and look forward to developing him into a true player. He has the physique every pace bowler dreams of, we just need to impart the ability. Looks like we have our work cut out.

Ben Richardson

Also known as: Benny

 

Club Role: Squad Management Executive

 

Bio: Ben is yet another recent addition to the PCC squad, but a serious injury curtailed his season in dramatic fashion. In his brief season though, he proved an absolute diamond with the ball in hand, terrorising batsmen with his dreamy deliveries. In the meantime, his forays with Bolton Wanderers on Football Manager make him the ideal candidate to rejuvinate the squad. We hope to see Ben soon.

  Rob Ayres

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      Also known as: Rob

 

      Club Role: Assistant Physio

 

      Bio: A recent recruit to the PCC ranks, Rob brings with him a refreshing link

      between generations, in that he's still young enough to be down with the kids,

      but old enough to hold his own in intellectual conversation. After retiring from

      the cockpit, the irony is that he now finds himself in a pit of cocks. Another 

      member of the team who can score runs, turn his arm over and is mobile in

      the field. The aviation industry's loss is certainly our gain. 

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Non-Playing Members

Leslie Morris

Also known as: Les, Wolfie, King of the Grill

 

Club Role: Club Captain, Fixture Secretary, Meat Temperature Estimator, Legend

 

Bio: Les Morris is the club captain and fixture secretary. A stalwart and living legend of the club. Les 'BBQ King' Morris is the main man and although a strange character, he is the man that many teams remember and dream of having at their club. We love and thank you Les.

Peter Skinner

Also known as: Umps, Skinny

 

Club Role: Chairman, Umpire, Quiz Master

 

Bio: Pete is our club umpire and chairman and turns up week in, week out to oversee our games. He will often be heard dishing out terrible oneliners but also has a wealth of useless knowledge to keep players mildly entertained for minutes. 

 

Clive Knight

Also known as: Knighty

 

Club Role: Playing Surface Controller, Mower Attache, General Builder

 

Bio: A huge figure in Island cricket, an incredible player from season's past and a bank of wisdom for current players. Clive has now moved into an essential off-field role, although he still spends vast amounts of time on it. You'd never guess that Clive was a batsman, with the outfield trimmed down to get maximum value for shots played. 

 

 

 

Nigel Oliver

Also known as: Nige, Percy the Park Keeper

 

Club Role: Club Secretary, Outfield Dimension Controller 

 

Bio: Secretary to the club, father to Jack, husband to Della the finest tea lady in the land. Nigel is one of the islands finest bowlers but in reality this is now of the crown green variety. When you hear us shout "good wood Nigel" you know know we are refering to his chosen sport! Nigel is the person that paints the boundary line and no amount of bribery can get him to reduce it's size and bring it in just a touch, but that does not stop you from trying with the promise of copiuous amounts of beer as his reward.

In Memoriam

Patrick Morris

Also known as: JLo, Fatrick

 

Club Role: Lamb and Mint

 

Bio: Although not currently an Island resident (massive disappointment), Pat is one of the larger characters around the club, mainly in frame. Famed for his stylish batting, terrible catching stats and enormous arse. On the occasion he does play and Dave is not around, he is given the gloves and put behind the stumps. We hope that Pat sees the light and returns to the Island where he can start to reinstate himself as one of the major players at the club. This will make his Dad happy, we think.

Adam Wilson

Also known as: Wils, Ads, Asbo

 

Club Role: Bowling Supremo, Cricket Consultant

 

Bio: Another player to leave to further his cricket journey only to return, realising that the grass is not always greener. Adam is well known as one of the finest talents in Island cricket in recent generations. A quick seam bowler and stylish batsman. We look forward to having his skill and knowledge back in the club fold to pass on his wisdom to the younger players.

 

 

George Hatt

Also known as: Knighty

 

Club Role: Ground Consultant

 

Bio: A 

 

 

Tom Gordine

Also known as: Windy Millar, Windy

 

Club Role: IT Consultant

 

Bio: A