Crowthorne & Crown Wood Cricket Club Club Event squad

Ant Avrili

Wellington College-educated, Ant joins for the 2011 season with twin brother Will.  Right handed Batsman and Off-spinner. His potency with ball comes from the mystery which he provides, neither batsmen or himself know what the ball will do next, this has been a key weapon his his arsenal. 

Anthony has made himself a key member of the Crowthorne and Crown Wood fraternity, setting up the CCWCC Flag society which currently has 3 members including Kieran Golding. His love of flags has opened up many avenues for him and he recently returned from a 3 month trip/retreat to Kathmandu for the International Vexillology Convention. Ant was among the key note speakers along with Kim Jong-Un, The Dalai Lama and Imran Khan. Speaking after the event he said that he was humbled to be in such esteemed company and Kim Jong-Un is "a misunderstood guy with great banter", The Dalai Lama "has anger issues" and Imran Khan "has little knowledge of flags but makes up for it in his ability to chin a Guinness with no hands"  

Will Avrili

Will joined us in the 2011 season, the younger Avrili, learned his Cricket under the guidance of Mr P Daines at Yateley Manor and subsequently at Wellington. Along with twin-brother Ant, Will has injected some youthful enthusiasm and agility into the Crows ranks. Will is known for his wonderful stroke play and diving catches from behind the stumps. 

Nicknamed 'Fray Bentos' after the famous Cuban leader by his team. Will dictates the play in the middle and from behind the stumps. Will's nickname and intentions have now truly come to light as he was selected as ONES CAPTAIN. Avrili quipped when wished good luck, "You don't need luck when you're me"

Andrew Baines

Local entrepreneur, Andrew Baines, joined the club looking for a chance to ‘give back to the community that has given him so much’. Baines made his money as a property mogul and Cosplay costume designer winning Best Costume at the London, Paris, Milan and San Diego Cosplay events.


During the summer, Baines donates his time, and considerable personal wealth, to the club and even the cold winter chill cannot deny him his love for the club and the game by rattling through batting lineups in the Eversley Indoor Cricket League. Indoor Captain Jeff Cluett and manager, Sinith Chandran, have been overheard on a number of separate occasions at the local watering hole, The Frog and Wicket, singing Baines’ praises as he cleaned up yet another side with his slow left arm grenades.

Not just a bowler, Baines is always good for a few runs and sometimes even more than that regularly contributing 50+ runs to an innings. Nicknamed the ‘Village Bradman’ by local funny man and hunk Ant Avrili, seeing Baines slashing shots through Cover Point in his Baggy Green is one of the sights of the summer. This display, unsurprisingly, attracts many passersby that look on enviously as Baines piles on the pain for opposition teams.

Alan Brown
Club Founder, President and Spiritual Leader. Alan retired from playing a couple of years ago, his on field appearances limited to umpiring the League XI matches, where he is widely considered by other teams to be the finest and fairest umpire in the league. However it is his playing achievements that make Alan the Crowthorne Legend that he is. He was captain for many years and holds many club records. He has scored almost 9000 runs for the club, taken many hundreds of wickets and is left on 99 catches.  His batting partnerships with Adie Chatters broke all records as the club grew from it's humble roots. His bowling was simple but effective, with many a bastman falling for the inviting illsuion of his slow deliveries before succumbing to the inevitable subtlety. Despite being into his 8th decade, he could still do a job with the bat when required.
Dan Cartledge
One of life's true mavericks.  Came through the ranks at Crown Wood under the close tutelage of his father John.  A classy batsman on his day and a bowler who can "bowl the lot"

Really made his mark for the merged club in 2015 after a quiet 2014. Scored bucket loads of runs for both the 2nd XI and Sunday teams including a century and several 50's

HIs crowning glory was the 2015 Cardiff Tour... details of which may never become clear..
John Cartledge
Crown Wood Legend.

Looks after the ground as well as numerous other tasks for the club.

Still plying his trade in the 3rd XI and taking plenty of wickets with his off-spin.

Ross Chalmers
No-ball specialist, Ross joined in 2008 and became a mainstay of the Saturday team in 2009. Lived in Crowthorne for years before realising we actually have a cricket team. Brother-in-law of Fellow Zimbabean legend Heath Streak. Has helped several bowlers complete a hattrick. Narrowly avoided the 2009 Duck Prize by giving up playing with a few games left.  Along with Brent O'Connor, produced a great display of fast bowling to blow away South East Reading in 2009 in one of the Crows greatest ever victories.

Ross has led the Crows attack since then with wickets, extras and sledging galore. His high wicket count is all the more remarkable for his inability to bowl at tail-enders. He also has delivered several memorable innings with the bat (and pad), some of which weren't ducks.

He Says: 'My front foot slides, the heel is in the air, the umpires are all ganging up on me, the popping crease is faded, etc., etc.'

Sinith Chandran
Right arm seam bowler and heavy bat swinger, Sin has made the transition from a Crown Wood occasional to a Crowthorne & Crown Wood stalwart known for his miserly opening bowling spells. Sin has been a consistent performer for the 1 XI opening the bowling for the past 3 years.  Unveiled an array of reverse sweeps at the 6-a-side, too.  However, on recent evidence, won't be gracing the football field any time soon.....
Terry Charles
A fine all-rounder, Terry made the leap from our feeder club, the Broadmoor Ducks.  Whether it be tearing in with the ball, cracking some terrific back-foot calypso drives or heckling his team-mates from the boundary, Terry is never far from the action.

In 2007 Terry won both batting and bowling awards for the league team.

Dogged by injury in 2009 and 2010, Turbo Terry, as the local press have named him, was back and firing on all cylinders in 2011.
Peter (Kiwi) Clarke
Hard-hitting batsman, tricky bowler and all-round good egg, Pete made his mark with the club by providing a case of beer for his team-mates on his debut. That'll do for us!
Awarded himself the nickname Kiwi due to his New Zealand heritage.
S.D. Clarke

AKA  :Belmont Maracas


Jeff Cluett

Jeff is the middle of the 3 Cluett brothers.Signed in 2012 having moved back to the area after a spell in the Kent Leagues. Right Arm Seam bowler and destructive Batsman, he is as strong as a marble statue and as skilful as the hand that carved it.

Highly compeititive campaigner who has recently revealed a skillful art at writing match reports...

Expert at cowardly sledging from the safety of fine-leg

Top tip: Don't drop a catch off his bowling!

Jeff gave an emotional humble acceptance speech via satellite link up after he somehow scooped the 2013 Player of the year award.

He says: 'I struggle to fit in Saturday cricket amongst my many charity projects, but delivering so many runs and wickets is a gift to the people of Crowthorne that I can't deny them.'

Jeff is well known for his philanthropy and has taken part in over 100 fun runs, completing at least half of them. So recognizable is Jeff that he now has to go out in Crowthorne in disguise, he has a wardrobe dedicated to his outfits which include, Alan Partridge, Captain Barbossa and Britney Spears.

Jeff is a big advocate for a rig based selection policy and can often be heard explaining to the younger males in the group that his rig is far superior to all those that come through the Crows changing rooms. He has even talked about doing a pre season boot camp in Ouagadougou for a select few who are in need of 'Particular attention'


Dan Crinnion

Young fast bowler, good fielder and working hard on my batting. Shot to fame as part of the all conquering Indoor Team that won the 2013 Eversley indoor league. Also part of the U17s indoor team that retained their title in 2014.


Dan is a keen bird watcher and can often be gone for weeks at a time searching for the perfect bird. He's attempted to set up the Amateur Bird Watching Society at all of his previous Jobs, including Warwickshire County Cricket club. When asked about his favorite bird he replied "I'm always partial to a Great Tit, but I'm a bit of sucker of the larger birds, they're easier"

Robert Crook
Another to come through the youth ranks at CW, Rob has turned into probably the finest spin bowler the club has ever produced. An aggressive batsman as well (Twenty20 stylee), he was a mainstay of the CW teams of the Premier era.

His wife (girlfriend at the time) also has the accolade of the finest tea ever made at St Sebastian's.

Made a blistering 93 in the final match of the 2015 season after being promoted to opening batsman.
Joe Davies
Joe is our newest import from Down Under having relocated from Sydney to Crowthorne (can'y be many people that do it that way round). Joe is a legspinner and right handed batsman. He took an instant liking to "The Newbury" at his first net session.
Joe hit an impressive 52 not out in his 3rd game for the club against BBC Caversham. Joe went on to score over 400 league runs in his first season to scoop both the "newcomer" award as well as the Berkshire League Young Player of the year 2012 award, and was a key member of the 2013 Div 2 winning side.

Joe is undoubtedly the best thrower of a cricket ball north of Alice Springs, and is responsible for large numbers of runouts and overthrows in equal measure. He is famed for his vest/wooly hat combo, probably a result of the climate difference from his native land.

He Says: 'My proudest moment on a cricket field was my club record fourth wicket stand of 171* with Jeff Cluett in 2012. It was a privilege to stand at the other end.'

Adam Elrick
He's a good lad is Ad. Oh you are a good lad Ad.
Former skipper and darling of the Wokingham Times sports pages, Elrick has played more games than anyone else in Crows history. A tall right-arm spinner with a dodgy faster ball, Elrick was a vital weapon as the Crows made their way up the Berkshire League. Technically correct as a batsman and outstanding at backward point, he is a true club legend.
Fatherhood and work commitments have curtailed his appearances in the last 2 years but he remains close to the club.
A great advocate of fielding practice, leading the way with such innovative fielding drills as "Catch for Snatch" and the world-renowned "C-Ball".
Wokingham born and bred, he's a textbook Manchester United fan. Still seen now and again driving round in his bright yellow hairdressers car.
Damon Emes

Father of two leading CCWCC cricketers and husband to a committee member, it would not be an understatement to say that Damon Emes has single handedly secured the future of the club. ‘The club cannot repay the debt that we owe him but we shall nevertheless try’ said club legend Dan Partridge when interviewed about Damon by local journalists.


Away from the field, Damon is a keen musician playing the French Horn in a number of local bands and orchestras. Never one to be pigeonholed, Damon is also able to turn his hand to a number of other instruments including the bassoon, the viola and the steel drums. This has prompted him to say that ‘he would start a band of one but he can’t play all the instruments at the same time’. His love of brass instruments also took him round the world with The Barmy Army as the head trumpeter. His tenure was ended with a mysterious dishonourable discharge in St Lucia leading to his dismissal. Not widely reported after a skilful PR campaign by the Barmy Army, the local police report simply listed the offence as ‘Carib Beer’.


 Even in sport Damon cannot be limited. For many years, throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s, he was the throwing partner of darts legend Phil ‘The Power ‘Taylor. Taylor even attributed his 1995 and 1997 World Matchplay and 2001 and 2002 World Championship wins to the coaching of Damon. It comes as no surprise then that Damon is constantly on the spot with the cricket ball regularly racking maidens and wickets on the cricket field.

Dan Finucane

Hailing from Birmingham, Dan ‘Finners’ Finucane has worked very hard to lose his accent and has done such a good job at it that he is captain of the Second XI. Having honed his craft on the Emerald Isle, captaining his university team, Finners joined Crowthorne a precious gemstone and was immediately tasked with the job of polishing the rough diamonds in the Seconds, being elected captain by 429 votes to 0. A staggering result considering the club has only 339 members.


A true renaissance man, Finners has been known to partake in a veritable smorgasbord of pursuits outside of cricket including whittling scenes from Only Fools and Horses, pursuing the defunct art of alchemy and erotic cricket poetry. The latter ending in a number of his limericks being featured in Wisden’s Valentines Day special editions. Such poems include, Stumps and Balls, Cow Corner and the Blockhole.


 Opponents shouldn’t be fooled by Finners’ apparent love for the more sedate things in life. From the mean streets of Birmingham, Finners commands a worrying knowledge of kneecapping those that displease him. This has resulted in him being the only man more feared in the club than Chris ‘The Bloody Good Rep’ Winch. All round good bloke and teddy bear...until he isn’t.

Jason Gibbings
Right arm "spin-bowler", right handed unorthodox bat and a very safe pair of hands anywhere close to the bat. Also a great student of the game and a renowned captain. So good in fact he managed to skipper the team in 2009 without actually playing any games.
His pre and end of season BBQ's were legendary and usually ended up with J fast asleep on the throne, much to Kate's disappointment if not surprise. Another of the Reading FC contingent at the club, Big J has often been mistaken for a squashed down version of James Beattie.
Ravi Godbole
Crown Wood and Berkshire Cricket League legend. 2nd longest serving member of CW, Ravi has played for the club for approx 25 years. Owns Crown Wood's best ever bowling figures of 9-56. But better known for "Ravi's rolls" - his tea speciality.
As a youngster he was a hostile swing bowler with searing pace* and a top order batsman. Now he has reached the age when you start to count backwards, the pace is not quite as hostile but the accuracy is as perfect as ever.
*it's all relative

He was a key member of the 2014 Div 1 winning team for the newly merged club, picking up the Captain's award in the process. This win was shrouded in controversy however as it was later alleged that skipper Ant Cluett's beloved Holme Grange school had received a "significant" donation from Ravi in the run up to the awards' night. Brave whistle-blower Jeff Cluett, who put aside family loyalty to uncover this, went on to say that "everyone was astonished the award didnt go to Ant's brother, and now we know why".

He Says: "I don't want to discuss that affair, my character is above reproach and I won that award fair and square. I am the Pride of Bracknell, that is all you need to know."

Kieran Golding

Plucked from the relative obscurity of the youth set up by captain Will Avrili, Golding is now regularly the third or fourth name on the team sheet, depending on availability of others. Tesco stock taker in his working life, and a fine left armer, he serves up overs of dastardly cross seamers with an accompaniment of spicy sledging and bamboozling them with the Clubcard double points offers.

Away from stocking shelves and bowling tight lines on a Saturday, Golding performs in an award-winning tribute act of the great, early noughties series, The Office, playing both Gareth Keenan and Nathan AKA ‘The Ogg Monster’.  Kieran regularly performs in local pubs and clubs with his fellow actors and gives renditions of his latest fan fiction to the team during drinks and tea breaks.
When asked what his ultimate fantasy would be by local journalists, he said “Two lesbians probably. Sisters. I'm just watching, that, or a hattrick against Shinfield”

Micky Gopie
Another recruit from the Broadmoor Ducks. Involved in more run-outs than you'd care to remember. Micky has represented the Crowthorne League XI over the years mainly as an attacking opening bat. He occasionally has a bowl too, in recent years remodelling his action into a Trinidadian version of Chris Harris.
Ben Handley
Ex Bracknell CC player who saw the light and joined Bracknell's premier cricket club and was a  major part of the batting line up in the "glory years".
Not played for the last couple of years as he lost the love for the game but has ben at pre season nets sparking rumours of a return.
Watch this space....

Richard Hester
RP Hester is a classic village cricket all rounder...can't bat or bowl! But reasonable glove work and on field leadership means he still has his Crowthorne & Crown Wood central contract. Captained the Sunday side in the famous 2011 1-wicket win at Sandhurst. Digging in for the final wicket, scoring 2 off 25 balls in determined style to help see the Crows home to win the A3095 Ashes! Elected 2012 Sunday captain by popular demand on the back of this historic victory. His electric coolbox is more than useful for post-nets beers.
He says: 'Probably more catches than runs for the club'
We say: 'Probably more wickets than runs for the club, too'

Fun Fact: A lifelong model railway enthusiast, Rich houses a scale replica of the Stockton to Darlington expressway in his conservatory. He lists his proudest achievements in his life as first, his replica railway, second, his children, and third, that run he scored a couple of seasons ago.
Colin Ingram
An excellent 2010 season for the veteran slow right-armer. Does not like running singles!!  Has vital stocks of garden furniture and accessories that we borrow for the 6-a-side! If he hits it, it stays hit. If he doesn't, he's usually out!
Chris Jocelyn
Schooled in the Yorkshire cricket leagues, the Royal Air Force, and the Caribbean. Started out as a lively, fast opening bowler.  After 17 years out of the game, now an extremely slow, non-spinning spinner, but able to confuse the opposing batsmen by lack of spin or pace, that they lose concentration whilst waiting for the ball to arrive.  As a batsman, very similar to fellow Yorkshire man, Geoff Boycott but without his, natural talent, attacking flair and flamboyance.  Useful if we need a draw.  Captained Crown Wood against Crowthorne on 3 occasions in 2013, winning 2, and game abandoned due to weather in the 3rd.
Matt Jones
U11 Coach
Mark Knight
Another local lad who learned his trade at Finchampstead CC before seeing the light and moving up to the Crows. Made 45* on his 2nd appearance for the Club and looks to be a great addition to the club. Touts himself as a bowler too. Sparkle showed his all-round sporting prowess with some mesmeric goals and performances in the Crows Winter Football. After just one season at the club, 'Sparkle' was elected 2012 League XI captain. Life Motto: "You can go hard or you can go home"
Alasdair Knox
Left arm Chinaman bowler and power batter. Ali's bowling is somewhat like former South Africa international Paul 'Spider' Adams, also a bit like a hairy octopus depending on your point of view. Probably the cleverest man ever to play for the club, he'll tell you the net run rate or Duckworth-Lewis score in approximately 0.27 seconds. 2 time 6-a-side champion. He doesn't look a bit like Jesus.
Aran Long

Although probably one of the most gifted all rounders to have graced Crowthorne, sadly it has only ever been his bowling that has been recognised by the club (and scorers). He won the club bowling averages five consecutive years and collected two Berkshire League divisional awards. Has never managed to capture the coveted player of the year award, probably down to a vote rigging/ drunken outrage incident during the mid-nineties. Best bowling? Either 8-37 or 3-0 off three balls, take your pick!

Interesting FACT: The Long Room at Lord's is named in honour of Aran's 6 consecutive "Bowler of the year" awards.

Brendon MacKenzie
Potentially destructive batsman
Criminally underused bowler
Sunday Captain...devoid of cricketing ability and tactical nous, he captains purely on enthusiasm and volume.

He says: 'gummi bears, bouncing here and there and everywhere, high adventure that's beyond compare, we are the gummi bears'

Raj Mann
Raj the all rounder has been with Crown Wood cricket club for over 8 years.  Looking forward to the merger of two fantastic clubs. 
Dan Manning
Mid-season signing from Cumbria University CC.   Right-arm spinner and right-handed batsman.

Recently given up working behind the bar at one of RG45's premium venues to concentrate solely on his cricket. Useful player when girlfriend allows.

Nick McDonagh
Best nickname in the Club. Nick's debut for the club couldn't have gone worse. Badly broke his little finger whilst fielding, then witnessed one of the worst batting collapses of all time. He came back though, and has broken various extremities at regular intervals ever since. Captain and tactical mastermind of the all-conquering Crows 6-a-side team, as well as a former Sunday skipper and former T20 captain.
Nikunj Mehta
IT consultant, father of two, love movies/food/travelling. Needless to say, above all, absolutely passionate about CRICKET!
Marshall Miller
Marshall or Monty is Crowthorne's Mr Reliable; he has given his entire 40 year childhood to the club.  A very solid number 11, particularly tricky bowler and sometimes even keeps wicket. Can always be relied on to provide two or three comedy injuries per season, including a nasty broken ankle sustained during Crows Winter Footy.   Monty is also the regular favourite and usual winner of the annual duck prize, as well as trying to run Dan close for the Sunday Bowling prize each year. Another Reading FC season ticket holder despite his Man United background and tattoos!!!

Monty has been described by teammates, opponents and lovers alike as a prodigious swinger, and his wrist position as he delivers is as effective as it is efficient.

He says: I am always happy to bat at 11
We say: Duck avoidance (ineffective)

Fun Fact: Monty is a huge Star Wars fan and has attended the official 'Lucas-Con; London' for 28 straight years. Amongst other memorabilia he owns a replica "Return of the Jedi" Ewok costume he claims never to have worn.

Soumya Mishra
I am a useful Right Handed Batsman I like to play long innings. I bowl Right Hand medium pace bowling. I am very agile in the field and consider myself a good fielder.  I can do Keeping as well. 
Tom Nash
Tom is Right-hand batsman and occasional slow right-arm bowler. He's joined the club after an absence of 8 years away from the game.
Driven out of his own home by his wife who was sick of him cluttering up the house on a Sunday, Tom has been told to find a new hobby.... So has made the obvious step and joined his local cricket side. Made his debut in the Sunday Splinter XI at Eversley.

Julian O'Loughlin
Joined the club in 2010 as a fast bowling all rounder and brought the key attribute of being able to smooth over the Wellington College liaison from the inside. The days of bounding in bowling snorting bouncers to Sandhurst openers are behind him and after many years of seeing the likes of Dan come in off three paces and clean up wicket after wicket, the retirement plan of bowling liquorice allsorts was born. Rarely allowed to be released in a real match, those ghastly googlies are mainly reserved for Sundays when every other avenue has been exhausted. Trying to capitalise on a decent batting season in 2016, with a ton against Arcadian Casuals and make an opening batsman role a permanent move.
But it's on the football pitch where he comes into his own. The Golden boot award has been abandoned after he won it for so many years in succession that everyone got bored. Current holder of the Golden Hoof Award too, but committed to stop hogging all the footballing trophies and let someone else have a go.
Nick Outram
Nick moved to Crowthorne at the end of 2012 and quickly became a mainstay of the 2013 Div 2 and Div 1 title winning team taking over the Captaincy of the first team in 2017. He is a solid top order batsman with plenty of runs in his locker and one of the sharpest fielders at the club. That's what he tells us anyway, it's difficult to remember as he tends to be on the proverbial physio table most of the time, most notably after the 'exploding finger incident of 2013' where he was spectacularly injured fielding a ball off his own bowling at nets. Nets! Lesson learnt.

He Says: 'I just love the taste of Jalfrezi, the colour isn't important.'

Fun Fact: A young Nick can be seen in the music video for the 1980s classic number one 'Snooker Loopy', appearing as a young snooker fan who Willie Thorne high fives.
Dan Partridge

Club Stalwart and all round legend of the Crowthorne area, The Partridge can often be found at the club or touring the away games when unable to turn the arm himself. Having taken a 18 month absence out of the game he was thrown back into the fold by the ONES Captain Will Avrili, who was looking to motivate and inspire the younger generation in the club. Dan has consistently taken wickets throughout his cricketing career and continues to do so to this day. 

In his spare time The Partridge frequents the Mad Stad to watch his beloved Reading FC or spending his wages following the England cricket team across the globe. Back in 2013 a mini documentary series was commissioned to follow Dan in his daily life called 'Up with Partridge - The Making of a Legend', Dan declined to speak on the documentary, instead the BBC recruited Ashley Giles to narrate the series after a personal request from Ashley himself. In the series we see Dan's memorabilia room which was once a childs bedroom, in this shrine he has many prized artifacts of his 2 loves, Reading and The England Cricket Team. The room includes a pair of Stephen Hawking's football boots (Unworn), a jock strap from Reading's all time leading goal scorer Trevor Senior, and a 'used' tissue from his favorite England cricket Alan Mullaly. After a high profile court battle the series was removed from Netflix and is now permanently on BBC iPlayer. Partridge's lawyer later stated that this was due to Dan's insistence that the series be free to air, citing the demise of English cricket since 2005 for his decision. 

A recent petition has taken place to get the Nine Mile Ride End by St Sebs renamed the Dan Partridge End which is currently at 55,000 signatures. When asked what it meant to be the centre of such a fantastic cause he simply replied 'No comment'. 

Ajay Patidar

I am all rounder.

I love to play long innings and i can accelerate score anytime. Fearless chasing any score.

I am medium pace bowler, can do In swing and out swing bowl and vary speed.

Jonathan Reypert

I joined Crown Wood Cricket Club in 1993 and I haven't missed a season. I've played in all Berskshire league divisions from the Premier to the 5th. I've captained Saturday 2's and later 3's as well as Sunday friendly sides and indoor teams. I'm getting too old and decrepit these days but I'm looking forward to never earning a baggy green coz I'm too crap these days.


Best figures for Crown Wood (living past successes coz I'm so old and sad now):

Batting: 72 vs Sulhamstead and Ufton

Bowling: 4.3 Overs, 0 Maidens, 7 wickets, 6 runs vs Newbury

Division 3 winner 2003

Division 1 winner 2006

Best batsman 2nd XI 2005

Runner up friendly bowler 2000

Adrian Chatters Day winner (there's no date on the medal but probably about 2013)

Bracknell Midweek League winner early 2000's

Newbold College Indoor Winter League runner up early 2000's

James Scott

I am a keen enthusiastic learner and still want to learn for the age group I am now but this is not an issue as age is no barrier to learning

I played cricket before with a group of lads at Uni of Reading for couple of years but now disbanded so I have moved on to join a club

David Shaw
Transitional-lens wearing former skipper of the Sunday team. A complete novice a mere 6 years ago, Dave has developed into a hard-hitting, but sturdy bastman, good fielder (using all availabile body parts to stop the ball) and an appalling bowler.Scored his maiden 50 in 2009, hitting all his runs entirely on the leg-side. Dave attributes his fielding prowess to his 20 years man-and-boy goalkeeping experience. About to tie the knot to Fliss who is the 2011 WAGS cakebaker of the year.
Simon Sheppard
Simon earned his Saviour nickname for scoring the winning runs off the final ball in a tight Berkshire League encounter against Swindon NALGO in his first season. Joined as a bowler but went on to win the batting averages in 2006. Outstanding fielder and twice winner of the fielder of the year award, this despite one particular fungus related instance away at Purley. Currently the Club's Fixtures Secretary. For all his good work, he lets himself down by supporting Swindon Town. A mystery bowler who has a different style every time you see him, he ran Dan very close for the 2012 bowling award.
Andrew Taylor
Made his mark in 2009 with a five-for in a league game. His bowling continues to improve, gaining extravagant swing, coupled with his resolute batting and abundent enthusiasm Fluffer is a valuable squad member.
Music commitments limit his availability throughout the summer.
Finest hour in a Crows cap was being caught dancing to Earth Wind and Fire at tea at Pinkney's Green.
Saves his surprise beamer for nets mainly these days.
Andy Bo Taylor

As Crown Wood Chairman, Andy was instrumental in the merger happening. A fine ambassador to his club - he even got out for 0 against Crowthorne in the final match between the 2 clubs in an attempt to push the merger through.  A wicketkeeper in his hayday which he insists is now a long time ago.  Another unfortunate sole who watches Reading FC for "fun"   Not to be mistaken for Crowthorne CC's Andy "Fluffer" Taylor.


Bo is an ever-present feature at St Sebs, either as bar manager, bar drinker or both. He has also taken on the mantel of tour manager for the last few years, his organisational skills are second to none and once earned him a job opportunity working as Cheryl Coles tour manager on her 2012 'A Million Lights Tour'. A keen connoisseur of Cheryl’s music; Bo was initially ecstatic to take on the role but after initial discussions the talks broke down. Bo cites his insistence that the song ‘Fight for This Love’ be the only song played on tour as the reason for his decision to turn down the job. He is quoted as saying “Why bother with any other song than that, it’s a huge tune, it’s the only song I have on my Walkman”. He still listens to Cheryl but admits it’s sometimes hard to listen to her now knowing he could’ve made her a global superstar in her own right.  

Nirav Upadhyay
Nagging accurate medium pacer and big hitting tail ender.  One of the unsung heroes of the 2014 Div 1 title winning team.

Marvin Vogel

Marv, joined Crowthorne Cricket Club in 2018. Living Just across from the Ground - Home games take on a whole new meaning.

Having Played Provincial Cricket in Zimbabwe and a game for Zimbabwe 'A's he's looking forward to testing his leg spin and batting in the English game.

Alistair Warner-Rowley
Deceptive swing bowler and crash, bam, wallop batsman. Good club man who will always turn up for social events, as long as it doesn't clash with rugby.
James Whitehurst
Whitehurst has returned to the local area following a brief trip The Orient to ‘find himself’ and ‘begin an uprising in the Chinese controlled state of Hong Kong’. Having reeked political havoc abroad, he now reeks cricketing havoc across Berkshire. A fine, attacking batsmen and one of the most mobile fielders in the team, he is another leading addition to the ones for the 2019 season.
An active member of the club’s Alan Partridge Appreciation society, (CCWCCAPAS) he has held the positions of Chairman and Treasurer; the only person in the society’s history to hold both titles successively and simultaneously. Whitehurst is often heard shouting ‘A-Ha!’ from the square leg boundary when appealing in lieu of the more traditional ‘howzat’.
No stranger to the media spotlight, Whitehurst was recently spotted exiting The Prince in Crowthorne saying that he’ll “be captain of the ONES by this time next year”. A well-liked and popular character around the club, with a clear disregard and disdain for ‘the system’, incumbent captain, Will Avrili, may have a battle on his hands come AGM time.
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