Matt Andrews

Arron Ploszynski

Sam Bennett Chris Rudling

Gary Booker

Sam Simmonds

James Church
Will Simpson

Charlie Cox

Chris Strange

Joe Cropper

Andrew Symonds

Jake Cuffe

Richard Turner

Dan Houseman

Alister Veitch

Elliot Houseman Jono Watts

Chris Hughesdon

Jason Withers

Mark Hughesdon

Dave Wood

Craig Lenane


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Name: Matt Andrews (AKA: Mattie)

Cricket: RH Bat

Debut: 2017

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 8
Catches: 4
Runs Scored: 253
Wickets Taken: 1

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Name: Sam Bennett

Cricket: RH Bat

Debut: 2004

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 82 Catches: 7
Runs Scored: 269 Wickets Taken: 14

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Name: Gary Booker

Cricket: RH Bat, RA Slow

Debut: 2013

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 12
Catches: 4
Runs Scored: 67
Wickets Taken: 17

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Name: James Church (AKA: Ted)

Cricket: RH Bat

Debut: 2014

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 9
Catches: 5
Runs Scored: 200
Wickets Taken: 0

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Name: Charlie Cox  (AKA: The Vicar)

Cricket: RH Opening Bat; RA Slow; Wicket Keeper

Debut: 1983

Once described as the original product of the clubs youth development programme, Charlie resided in the village during his early years, where he was encouraged in his cricket by resident and former Ipsden player from the 40’s and 50’s, Bert Butcher. Making his debut as a thirteen year-old, Charlie has literally grown-up with the club; becoming the first player to notch up 300 appearances in 2006.

A hard hitting, counter attacking batsman, for many years Charlie inhabited the middle-order but in more recent seasons has made an opening berth his own, crowned by a record breaking 2004, when he set a new club record of 714 runs in a season, including a century and 6 fifties and he now stands second only to Phil Houseman in terms of career runs.

There’s a second string to his bow, by no stretch of the imagination a regular bowler, he’s found a niche as a partnership breaker and his unorthodox yet effective ‘dibleys’ have now deceived in excessive of seventy victims and more recently spawned a nickname; The Vicar.

Charlie the player is only half the story and it’s not exaggerating to say he is the lifeblood of the club, involved in almost every organisational decision and action and this despite living between 2004 to 2008, some 30 miles away in Slough.

Three Clubman awards to go with two for Player of the Year, demonstrate that all-round commitment; he was Captain for five seasons from 1998 and has been on the committee for the last ten years and until recently held three different job titles simultaneously.

His desire to be constantly involved does have one drawback; he’s an uncomfortable spectator, indeed a vociferous fidget, hollering advice and encouragement that doesn’t aide the batsman’s concentration particularly in a tight run chase.

The best stories regarding Charlie seem to date from club tours before my time so you’ll have to ask him yourself about the occasion in the hotel bar when it was pointed out to him by a helpful (that should have sounded warning bells) Lenny Pearson, that he’d dropped his room key and it was under the chair. Gratefully picking it up, he thought nothing more about it until he went to bed, where on opening the door; he found the room stripped bare, no bed, wardrobe or removable fixing remained, it was only then that he realised that his key may have been absent from his person for rather a longer period than he’d appreciated.

The 1993 Nottingham Tour, a rather sad tale of billy-no-mates, having travelled, as a group, by taxi to a local club, Charlie was the only tourist refused admittance due to a lack of a collar. His ‘team’ mates all piled into the club suggesting to Charlie that he head back to the hotel and keep the bar open and they’d join him later. An expensive return taxi ride was further exasperated by finding that the hotel bar had already closed leaving a forlorn Charlie no option but an ‘early’ night.

That’s not the only time he’s had trouble with his attire on tour, as in 2001, we were all gathered in the bar ready to go out when one of the hotel staff took one look at Charlie’s creased shirt and came over all maternal. In a blink of an eye she’d convinced him to take it off and after five minutes of Charlie sitting topless on a bar stool it was returned to him freshly ironed.

Topless wasn’t enough in 2004 as a late night group stroll along Weymouth beach saw Charlie go skinny dipping. The predictable outcome was that the rest of the party nicked his clothes, leaving him run naked up the beach, though it was reported that Charlie didn’t seem to care.

Personally I miss the times we’d stop for a fry-up on the first morning of a tour and get out Charlie’s wallet, although not necessarily to pay. In those days he was an on the road salesman and his wallet literally bulged with petrol, loyalty, business and credit cards making it too big to fit comfortably in his pocket. He would therefore leave it in someone’s charge at the table while he visited the gents and every time, without fail, he’d come back to find members of the team, usually led by Ian Lock, enthusiastically using the contents for an impromptu game of snap.

Recent research has discovered that Charlie leads the way when it comes to Ducks; he’ll argue that he’s batted more than most but the stats still reveal an impressive count of 40 zeros (correct at end 2007).

(MH 2008)

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 454 Catches: 152
Runs Scored: 7,525 Wickets Taken: 83

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Name: Joe Cropper 

Cricket: RH Bat

Debut: 2009

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 27 Catches: 4
Runs Scored: 68 Wickets Taken: 0

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Name: Jake Cuffe

Debut: 2015

 

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 6
Catches: 1
Runs Scored: 2
Wickets Taken: 6

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Name: Dan Houseman (AKA: Bungalow)

Cricket: RH Bat; RA Leg Spin

Debut: 1999

Son of Phil, Dan first played for the club aged eight, making three appearances in 1999 as we struggled for a side but as a result of a lack of opportunity and perhaps interest he wasn’t to play again until 2003.

By now playing youth cricket on Sunday mornings he was a late injury call up for his second debut, an aspiring slow bowler he was given the last over of the match and promptly picked up two wickets.

A genuine spinner of the ball he benefited from coaching at Didcot and has developed several variations, including an extremely quick ‘quicker’ ball, a product of the frustrated fast bowler that lurks within him.

He has been encouraged to stick with the spin though, not only because of ability but also because of variety as at our level not many batsmen will have faced a quality slow bowler.

He had taken 50 wickets by his 16th birthday and is closing in on the century, physically he has shot up, as well as filling out and those levers and increased strength have seen his batting explode during the last couple of seasons. He uses a Kookaburra Beast and seems to bat in the same style, at times falling to a rash, impetuous shot but as a string of half-centuries testify, once in he’s hard to contain. He’s not bad in the field either with a strong arm and a safe pair of hands.

Dan had a remarkable 2007, having hit his maiden fifty he averaged 40.4 and took 20 wickets cleaning up on trophy night with the Batsman, Bowler, Parkinson and Player of the Year trophies, an improvement on the Mallard the year before.

Emerging as a match winner with both bat and ball, he has already made his mark on the record books, becoming the third Ipsden player to take a hat-trick (2005) and just the fourth to score a fifty and take five wickets in the same match (2008).

A laid back and amiable character off the pitch, Dan is unique in having his own fan club at Ipsden, for several years it was mum Sally, but now it is usually his maternal grandparents. 2009 will see Dan old enough to tour so an update to this profile may be in order later in the year.

(MH 2009)

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 187 Catches: 70
Runs Scored: 3,213 Wickets Taken: 286

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Name: Elliot Houseman

Cricket: RH Bat

Debut: 2016

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 6
Catches: 2
Runs Scored: 105
Wickets Taken: 2

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Name: Chris Hughesdon (AKA: Lurch)

Cricket: RH Bat; RA Slow-Medium

Debut: 1997

Younger brother of Mark, Chris appeared in a couple of games during ’97 and ’98 when we were short but didn’t start playing regularly until 2002.

Primarily batting in the lower order and used as an occasional seamer, he was catapulted into an opening berth under Simon’s captaincy in 2004. A batsman in the Malcolm Pitts mould, he certainly wasn’t there as a pinch hitter, being seen more as the foil to opening partner Charlie’s blade.

It was a tactic that had mixed success, the highlights being two big partnerships, 90 and 121, against the Durham University XI, the second of which included Chris’ highest score of 39. The experiment though came to an end with the emergence of Alister as an opener during 2005.

Back down the order, Chris was left to concentrate on his bowling, coming off a short run he still generates reasonable pace and can deliver a very effective swinging Yorker. There remains room for improvement, especially directional control, but that didn’t stop him picking up the bowlers trophy in 2006 and he will be looking for his fiftieth wicket during 2009.

Off the field Chris is one of the mainstays of the club, always involved on the morning of a match, he specialises with the rough-cut mower and is an ever present at work parties and fund raisers.

His biggest impact though, has been the single handed development of this website which he began in 2003 and now maintains with his brother. He has also written a fact rich short history of the club inspired by his interest in genealogy.

(MH 2009)

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 200 Catches: 28
Runs Scored: 552 Wickets Taken: 97

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Name: Mark Hughesdon (AKA: Bomber)

Cricket: RH Bat; RA Medium

Debut: 1994

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 370 Catches: 81
Runs Scored: 1,813 Wickets Taken: 549

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Name: Craig Lenane (AKA: Lenny)

Cricket:

Debut: 2016

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 21
Catches: 8
Runs Scored: 208
Wickets Taken: 23

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Name: Arron Ploszynski

Cricket: RH Bat, RH Slow

Debut: 2011

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 57 Catches: 18
Runs Scored: 94 Wickets Taken: 26

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Name: Chris Rudling

Cricket: RH Bat

Debut: 2014

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 27 Catches: 7
Runs Scored: 521
Wickets Taken: 4

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Name: Sam Simmonds

Cricket: 

Debut: 2015

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 26 Catches: 7
Runs Scored: 97 Wickets Taken: 9

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Name: Will Simpson

Debut: 2015

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 39 Catches: 12
Runs Scored: 155 Wickets Taken: 39

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Name: Chris Strange

Cricket: 

Debut: 2015


Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 15
Catches: 1
Runs Scored: 109
Wickets Taken: 20

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Name: Andrew Symonds (AKA: "Symo")

Cricket: 

Debut: 2013

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 37 Catches: 11
Runs Scored: 79
Wickets Taken: 13

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Name: Richard Turner

Cricket: 

Debut: 2012

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 11
Catches: 2
Runs Scored: 64
Wickets Taken: 18

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Name: Alister Veitch
 
Cricket:
RH Opening Bat; Wicket Keeper

Debut: 2004

Made his debut for Ipsden in 2004 having followed his brother-in-law, Dave Passmore, to the club.

It wasn’t his first time at Ipsden though, the most recent having been the previous season when he had been recruited by the Gentlemen of Nidderdale who were down from Yorkshire but it won’t be a game Alister will wish to remember as he bagged a pair.

Having played a couple of games in that first season, Alister played regularly in 2005 and had a memorable season, soon establishing himself as an opener, he averaged 53.9, scoring four half-centuries including a match winning 90 not out that set up our first victory against Moulsford for 19 years.

Indeed Alister wasn’t to taste defeat in his first 16 appearances for the club which encompassed a period of just over two years, picking up the Player of the Year award in 2005 for his performances.

Half-way through his first full season, Alister enquired; you do know I’m a wicket-keeper? Well we didn’t and he’s worn the gloves with distinction ever since.

Seen as one of the more cultured members of the side, due to his apparent appreciation of classical music and distinctive old school playing cap, he’s also Vice Chairperson of Wallingford Hockey Cub and his background as a hockey player is evident in the way he turns the ball off his legs. He uses a relatively light bat, his playing style relying on timing rather than power and he really showed his class with an undefeated century against Hailey in 2006.

Recently appointed a director of a waste management company, the similarities with the Sopranos end there, unless you count his performance as the tour judge on the 2007 trip to Shrewsbury.

(MH 2009)

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 106 Catches: 47
Runs Scored: 2,730 Wickets Taken: 0

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Name: Jono Watts (AKA: Jono, Golden-Arm)

Cricket: RH Bat; RA Medium

Debut:
2003

Jonathon James Watts is one of those current rarities, an Ipsden cricketer who actually lives in the village.

He first came to our notice when he played in the 2003 pre-season Members match but we had to wait until the July for his debut with educational studies taking priority.

He was seen as a bowler in his first few seasons, indeed he won the bowling trophy in 2004, not always in complete control and often delivering from way behind the popping crease he never the less had the knack of swinging the ball. Jono took two four wicket hauls during that second season and earned the nickname ‘Golden arm’ for his repeated trick of taking a wicket with the first ball of a new spell.

The pattern of not seeing much of him early season continued as having completed his A-levels it was off to Warwick University, but come the holidays and he was back amongst our ranks. It was during those university years that the bowling became more erratic and less called upon by the captain but Jono the batsman emerged to compensate.

His Ipsden batting career had started inauspiciously with three successive ducks but Jono has since developed into a durable middle-order anchor and partnership builder, he has the ability to rotate the strike and manufacture singles, whilst being one of the quickest between the stumps (it also helps being one of the youngest).

Jono toured for the first time in 2006, quickly showing an appreciative eye for the female form but also that other well known student attribute of being able to sleep anytime anywhere.

Over the years he has ‘suffered’ so much leg pulling about being privileged that he now seems to look forward to it, acting the part and fabricating a butler into his imagined lifestyle.

Had a 2008 tour to remember, aided by the fact that good mate John Ramsay had now come of age but will have to improve on the boxing skills if he’s going to take the judge on again in 2009.

(MH 2009)

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 81 Catches: 31
Runs Scored: 1,456 Wickets Taken: 30

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Name: Jason Withers

Cricket: RH Bat

Debut: 2017

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 12 Catches: 7
Runs Scored: 95 Wickets Taken: 17

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Name: Dave Wood

Cricket: RH Bat

Debut: 2007

Dave’s recruitment in 2007 was yet another fortuitous knock on effect of Dave Passmore joining the club, not to mention swelling the ranks of players named Dave that seem to proliferate on our roster at the present time.

A brief cameo appearance with the bat on debut didn’t properly prepare his team mates for his second appearance as Dave smashed 96 not out to lead us home at a canter at Aldworth. Dave admitably rode his luck but those that witnessed his clean hitting were awe struck.

However with the rest of the season disrupted by the weather and work commitments, a sequence of low scores left us wondering whether the innings was a one off, that was until Dave rediscovered some form, with 42, in the final fixture of the season.

Those work commitments see Dave employed as a co-pilot with BA, flying Airbuses on European routes and although his shift patterns rule him out for about half of a season he does make every effort to play.

More than once he has flown a round trip to Germany and having landed back in London, jumped straight in the car and arrived at the ground still wearing his pilot’s uniform just in time for the start of the match.

Following on from the promise of 2007 Dave settled into the top three and had a memorable 2008, playing eleven times he struck seven half-centuries together with a further three scores in the 30s to register 555 runs at an average of 61.7, winning both the Batsman and Player of the Year trophies to cap a memorable season.

Although tall, Dave doesn’t strike you as being particularly powerful but his hand-eye co-ordination produces remarkable timing and at times our ground didn’t seem big enough to contain him. Equally comfortable off the front or back foot, the majority of his scoring shots went in the classical ‘V’ as he equalled the club record of 20 sixes in a season.

All this natural ability comes without an ego and Dave has very quickly settled into the team getting involved with pitch maintenance and work parties so vital in running a small club.

(MH 2009)

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 127 Catches: 45
Runs Scored: 4,722 Wickets Taken: 0

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Name: Jason Withers

Cricket: RH Bat

Debut: 2017

Career Summary (up to end of 2017 season):

Matches Played: 12 Catches: 7
Runs Scored: 95 Wickets Taken: 17

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