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Fantasy cricket profile – Nathan Williams

In the third of a series of posts profiling various players across the club, for those unsure who to select in their fantasy team, we look at 4th XI stalwart, Nathan Williams.

Name: Nathan Williams

Nickname(s): The Lycra Monster

Role: Opening batsman

2017 stats: 392 runs @ 28.0 (inc. 3x50s), 1 catch

Fantasy value: £7m

Is he worth it? Nathan was the 2017 4th XI player of the year and his runs meant he was in 6th place in terms of the leading run scorers throughout the club last year. Whilst his choice of attire isn’t always to everyone’s tastes, and his batting not always the most fluent, Nathan always seems to find a way to score runs.

Additionally he’s been working hard on his bowling in winter nets in an attempt to convince his captain to utilise him for more than 2 overs this season. Will it work? Who knows…

Doesn’t offer much in the fielding department based on his 2017 stats, but if you’re looking for a solid run scorer for your fantasy team who is available most weeks, then Nathan might just be your guy.

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Fantasy cricket profile – Ben Harris

In the second of a series of posts profiling various players across the club, for those unsure who to select in their fantasy team, we focus on young wicket keeper Ben Harris.

Name: Ben Harris

Nickname(s): Benny, Mini-Harris

Role: Wicket keeper / Batsman

2017 stats: 144 runs @ 10.3, 12 catches, 4 stumpings, 1 run out

Fantasy value: £5m

Is he worth it? If you believe our club chairman who still hasn’t forgiven him for dropping at catch 3 years ago…no. But when you look at the way he performed behind the stumps in 2017 and how he continues to work on his batting, you certainly wouldn’t bet against him having a very good 2018.

GCSEs might get in the way on the odd occasion early in the season, but at £5m the middle of the Harris-trio certainly looks to be good value for money.

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Fantasy cricket profile: Stuart MacArthur

In the first of a series of posts profiling various players across the club, for those unsure who to select in their fantasy team, we look at 1st XI captain Stu MacArthur.

Name: Stuart MacArthur

Nickname(s): StuMac, Silverback, Gorilla

Role: Opening bowler and hard-hitting #7 or #8 batsman

2017 stats: 32 wickets @ 18.2 (inc. 1x 5WH), 149 runs @ 13.6 (inc. 1x 50), 10 catches

Fantasy value: £8m

Is he worth it? Stu starts the 2018 season as the reigning 1st XI and overall club player of the year. His 32 wickets last season would have been more if he had chosen to get married outside of the cricket season like any other normal cricketer, and as club captain he can go a long way to influencing the stats of both himself and those around him.

To be fair to the other bowlers in the first team however, it is probably right to mention that, due to him often bowling numerous wides per innings, he does get more chances than anyone else to take wickets!

So far he’s been selected by 40% of our fantasy team owners as one of their all-rounders but as he is prone to the occasional DIYE, do you want him in your team?

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Club Shop now live!

The OBWCC Club Shop, run and supplied by Gray-Nicolls, is now up and running. To order your stash, simply go to the Club Shop by clicking the link and…well…order whatever you want.

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There is also a direct link to the Club Shop in the menu bar which you can see on every page of this website.

In the words of a certain television meerkat – simples!

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Spring Newsletter

Our Spring Newsletter has today been emailed out to all Club Members on the mailing list – but if you haven’t received it, or haven’t checked your emails recently then why not take a look here.

Highlights include details of our Cricket Force day (Sunday 9 April), this year’s overseas player, what’s been going on over the winter, and a profile of our new 3rd team skipper.

Enjoy!

Spring Newsletter

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Introducing Ash Streker – Overseas Player 2017

Thanks to the hard work of Stu Mac, Griff, Will Penny and others, the club are pleased to announce that Australian batsman Ash Streker has signed up to be our overseas player for 2017.

Ash is a 24 year old highly talented Top Order batsman, part time bowler and top class fielder who is currently 1st XI Captain of Malvern Cricket Club in the Victorian Sub District Competition.

Having played 1st XI Senior cricket since age 14, Ash has an extremely mature head on his shoulders, along with a high level cricket brain. His strong all round game has seen him be a vital and successful player for Malvern, St Kilda and McKinnon Cricket Clubs. He has played alongside some International and First Class cricketers through his career including Peter Handscomb (Aus/VIC), Rob Quiney (Aus/VIC), Michael Beer (Aus/VIC), Steven Mullaney (Notts) and Wayne White at Malvern.

He has competed at the top level of Junior Representative Cricket in the Victorian Championships from age 14 through to 18 and also captained all of these teams. Twice he was named player of the tournament for his classy innings, crucial wickets and outstanding fielding.

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Ash has had success with the bat as an opener but also at 3, 4 and 5. Ash possesses the ability to score quickly which leaves him a dangerous player in all forms of cricket.

2013 was the first season Ash played at Malvern CC and he played a huge role in them winning the premiership with over 300 runs and some important wickets for the season. His gutsy match winning knock of 66 in the Semi Final after coming in at 2/8 was one of his finest, getting Malvern in to the Final.

Ash’s strong All Round game is polished off with the capacity to bowl tight off spin/Medium Pace and high class fielding, regularly taking game changing catches. This season Malvern’s 1st XI captain already has over 200 runs still with a few games to play. The highlight of his season was an 84 not out off 72 balls which included Five 6’s. It was a similar knock to his match winning 85 off 90 balls the previous season.

Often this season having to come in after losing very early wickets but has been able to play important rebuilding innings. Although his natural game is to score quickly with strong stroke play his shown his diverse range of skills and ability to adapt smartly.

Over the past few years Ash has played some huge knocks for each of his clubs. 102 not out for St Kilda which came off only 88 balls. At McKinnon he blasted 101 off 81 deliveries and at Malvern the unbeaten 84* off 72 balls mentioned before along with the 85 off 90 balls.

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Still at age 24, Ash’s best years of cricket are just about to begin. Looking to continue to work hard and improve all aspects of his game he looks forward to doing some damage for OBWCC for the coming season. With 10 years of experience in senior 1st XI cricket Ash also wants to help improve the games and knowledge of others around him. His attitude and enthusiasm builds a strong club culture and is eager to taste team success at a high level.

We very much look forward to welcoming you Ash!

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Simon Hinks appointed as Club Coach

Although many of you will already have seen and spoken to him at winter nets, the club are pleased to confirm that former Gloucestershire and Kent batsman Simon Hinks has been appointed as Club Coach for 2017 – as was reported in the Bristol Post on Tuesday.

Simon has already been helping to make improvements to training sessions and said “Having had my professional career defined and developed by club cricket, it was great to be invited to help the club. To work across all sections – junior, youth, ladies and adult men’s teams – will allow me to add value to the team of club coaches who work tirelessly at all levels.

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From left to right: Club Captain Stu Macarthur, Simon Hinks, Club Chairman Craig Strachan

 

Club Chairman Craig Strachan added “We are delighted to welcome Hinksy to the club. We’ve been looking at ways to improve what we offer to all our members and, thanks to various fund-raising initiatives over the past year or so and our primary sponsor Invest SouthWest, we’ve been able to bring Simon on board.

“We’ve got a great set of volunteers already at the club, but with Simon’s involvement as well I’m hoping we can kick on and have a great season.”