PHIL HOUSEMAN

 

Name: Phil Houseman (AKA: Housey, The Fly, "I'm a Victim", Earl Grey, Andy Caddick)

Cricket: RH Bat; LA Medium-Fast

Debut: 1983

Where do you begin with a man who has been such a pillar of the club for some 25 years?

Legend has it that in the early days of the reformed club, if the side was short the Captain merely had to poke his head around the door of the Whitehouse and shout “Anyone fancy a game?” Phil answered one of those calls and hasn’t looked back since, the clubs all-time leading run scorer, record catcher and second highest wicket taker.

Mind you, his game has come a long way from the debut of a young off-spinner and middle order cowboy, his batting technique took time to develop but became one more than capable of opening the batting and he has been a dominant fixture in our top four for the past fifteen years, while in 1995, he decided to ditch his spin and has subsequently become an awkward to play, left arm seamer who makes full use of his height.

His contributions on the pitch are only part of the story as since taking over responsibility for the square in 1993, he has mowed, rolled, preened and caressed it for countless hours. Usually the first to the ground on match days, invariably suffering from some form of Bacardi poisoning, he’ll spend the morning out in the middle wearing his tight black mincing shorts that seem to have been around as long as he has (indeed they’ve survived more than one attempt by Sally to throw them out).

It’s difficult to know what’s more important to Phil, the look of the square or his own appearance, always sporting a deep golden tan, you know if he goes missing in the pavilion for any length of time that you’ll find him behind the door in the changing rooms either preening himself or just gazing lovingly upon his reflection in the mirror. It’s not so much that he’s vain; it’s more that he’s a perfectionist.

That sense of perfection has been more productively channelled down the years; Phil was a well respected captain from 1991 to 1994, a very popular Tour Secretary 1996 to 2001 and has been voted Clubman of the Year on three separate occasions. His organisation of the Quiz Nights always ensures a successful event as in equal measure does the help and support he receives from the wife.

Sally, seemingly an ever present at matches now that Dan has come of age, is responsible for a lot of the hard work that goes on at fund raisers and behind the scenes, quick to rise from her chair to help with teas, albeit with a forlorn look if the sun was shining particularly pleasantly on her chair, she is also subject to bouts of spontaneous cleaning and tidying of the kitchen. Always quick to voice ‘concerns’, there is definitely a strong desire amongst those around her to get things done when Sally is on deck.

For all his bravado and outward confidence, at times the pressure to be perfect does get to Phil, “I’m a victim, I’m a victim” is a typical response to team mates taking the rise, a phrase incidentally that by some unspoken arrangement he took over from Bob Mullins.

He doesn’t help himself of course, a favourite story is one from a few years ago when on the heavy roller, putting it into reverse to go back up the pitch; he glanced back over his shoulder to see an offensive black mark on the pitch. Hopping down, he rushed to the spot fearing an oil leak, only to find his crushed and quite flat mobile phone; it had slipped out of his pocket and under the wheels of several tonnes of slow moving machinery. He was inconsolable.

There is not the room to tell all the stories however Phil would not be Phil without: his Franz Klammer dancing style, the season when his catching was worse than Wayne’s, the year he became known as ‘The Fly’ due to his blue reflective sunglasses, the occasion when he was refused admittance to a pub due to inappropriate dress, half climbing out of the passenger door of the tour mini-bus, in flying helmet and goggles, at 40mph in the dark, crying; “I’m a victim, I’m going to jump”, going over 60 consecutive innings without scoring a duck then promptly winning the Mallard Trophy, sat on the toilet on tour in the early 90’s, the door suddenly opened, something was chucked in followed by the door being slammed shut and then a loud bang, as the discharge from the confetti bomb settled, Phil reflected that he couldn’t have been seated in a more convenient place to deal with his immediate reaction.

(MH 2006)

 


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BATTING

FIELDING

BOWLING

YEAR

M

I

No

Runs

50

100

Best

Avg

4 6

Catches

Balls

O

M

R

W

Avg

S/Rate

Econ

4wkt

5wkt

Best

1983 5 5 0 49 - - 24 9.8 7 2 2 323 53.2 8 161 19 8.5 16.8 3.02 1 2 7-46
1984 10 10 0 47 - - 21 4.7 6 1 1 186 31.0 1 114 3 38.0 62.0 3.68 - - 2-29
1985 7 7 0 95 - - 23 13.6 13 - 2 325 54.1 7 234 13 18.0 25.0 4.32 - 1 5-35
1986 6 5 1 45 - - 23 11.3 3 2 2 152 25.0 3 108 7 15.4 21.4 4.32 - - 3-18
1987 3 3 0 39 - - 15 13.0 3 3 0 138 23.0 1 89 4 22.3 34.5 3.87 - - 3-8
1988 7 8 0 78 - - 26 9.8 8 2 0 106 17.4 2 101 4 25.3 26.5 5.72 - - 2-11
1989 14 14 2 162 1 - 50 13.5 22 5 7 405 67.3 5 273 23 11.8 17.6 4.04 2 - 4-25
1990 15 13 2 219 1 - 90 19.9 31 6 8 363 60.3 6 281 17 16.5 21.4 4.64 1 - 4-13
1991 17 16 4 243 1 - 75 20.3 30 6 13 312 51.4 4 218 13 16.8 23.8 4.22 - 1 5-29
1992 18 18 3 383 1 - 52 25.5 37 10 12 562 93.4 16 329 19 17.3 29.6 3.51 1 1 5-37
1993 17 16 1 387 3 - 91 25.8 45 6 8 450 74.4 8 326 19 17.2 23.6 4.37 - 1 6-26
1994 19 19 1 454 2 - 89 25.2 60 6 8 253 42.1 6 211 11 19.2 23.0 5.00 1 - 4-49
1995 16 16 4 471 4 - 74 39.3 60 9 6 186 30.4 1 185 7 26.4 26.3 6.03 - - 3-9
1996 14 14 2 422 2 - 88 35.2 51 11 4 384 64.0 5 319 13 24.5 29.5 4.98 1 - 4-33
1997 2 2 1 97 1 - 84* 97.0 16 - 0 - - - - - - - - - - -
1998 11 11 0 418 3 - 98 38.0 55 6 5 210 35.0 1 162 3 54.0 70.0 4.63 - - 1-9
1999 11 11 1 265 2 - 91 26.5 32 5 6 213 35.3 5 177 7 25.3 30.4 4.99 - - 3-40
2000 13 13 1 381 2 - 71* 31.8 55 4 10 305 50.5 6 250 10 25.0 30.5 4.92 - - 3-36
2001 11 11 1 159 - - 47* 15.9 24 1 7 374 62.2 4 266 20 13.3 18.7 4.27 - - 3-15
2002 14 14 3 489 5 1 119* 44.5 59 2 6 721 120.1 14 549 24 22.9 30.0 4.57 - 1 5-49
2003 17 18 1 429 2 - 66 25.2 63 7 7 630 105.0 11 501 16 31.3 39.4 4.77 - - 2-23
2004 19 18 0 344 1 - 58 19.1 46 4 7 581 96.5 8 504 13 38.8 44.7 5.20 - - 2-15
2005 14 14 3 419 2 - 94* 38.1 57 5 7 294 49.0 3 222 10 22.2 29.4 4.53 - - 3-16
2006 16 16 4

425

2 -

65

35.4 49 5 2

511

85.1

15

336

17

19.8

30.1

3.95

- - 3-6
2007 11 9 3

237

1 -

64

39.5 28 4 3

434

72.2

11

348

12

29.0

36.2

4.81

- - 2-19
2008 12 9 1

113

- -

44*

14.1 15 4 6 408 68.0 12 307 7 43.9 58.3

4.51

- - 2-19
2009 15 11 3

315

1 1 101* 39.4 36 13 9 653 108.5 19 503 13 38.7 50.2

4.62

- - 3-45
2010 14 10 3

138

1 - 59 19.7 16 5 7 318 53.0 6 250 11 22.7 28.9 4.72 - - 3-27
2011 9 8 2

53

- - 22 8.8 6 - 0 360 60.0 8 210 9 23.3 40.0 3.50 - - 3-24
2012 - - -

-

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2013 1 1 1

1

- - 1* n/a 0 - 1 30 5.0 1 22 0 n/a n/a 4.40 - - n/a
Total 358 340 48 7,377 38 2 119* 25.3 933 134 156 10,176 1696.0 197 7,556 344 22.0 29.6 4.46 7 7 7-46

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BEST BATTING:

SCORE

DATE

OPPONENTS
119* Jul 02 H v North Stoke XI
101* Aug 09 H v Goodenough College XI
98 Aug 98 H v The Gents of Hampstead CC
94* Aug 05 A v Swyncombe CC
91 Jul 93 H v Crowmarsh CC 

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BEST BOWLING:

SCORE DATE OPPONENTS
7-46 07/83 A v Cholsey CC
6-26 09/93 A v Cholsey CC
5-29 05/91 A v Stonor CC
5-35 07/85 H v Crowmarsh CC
5-39 06/92 H v Money Programme

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CLUB HONOURS:

HONOUR YEAR
Batsman of the Year 1993
Bowler of the Year 2001
Player of the Year 1998, 2006
Clubman of the Year 1994, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010
Mallard Trophy 2001
Leading Wicket Taker 1983, 1989
Leading Run Scorer 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998

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OFFICES HELD:

OFFICE YEAR
Tour Secretary 1996 to 2001
Team Vice-Captain 2003, 2007 to 2008
Team Captain 1991 to 1994
Club Captain 2004 to 2006
Head Groundsman 2009 to 2013

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