SIMON BROWN

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Name: Simon Brown (AKA: Merv)

Cricket: Vice-Captain; RH Bat; RH Fast

Debut: 2000

Simonís arrival in 2000, steered in our direction by Andy Lock, could not have been more fortuitous.

An opening bowler, of no great stature, with a skiddy action and a strong competitive streak, he quickly attracted the sobriquet ĎMerví born as a result of his habit of beating the bat, proclaiming an imagined injustice and fixing a frightful glare on the batsman from the end of his follow through.

It was not quite what we were used to and at times it was too much for some but Simon has mellowed with each season, adjusting to the Ipsden way, while reserving the right to the occasional outburst.

His recruitment helped fill the void left by the retiring Malcolm and we were to enjoy just one magical season of him partnering Ian Lock, which gave the attack some real bite, before Ianís job took him to the USA and effectively finished his Ipsden career.

Simon has since gone from strength to strength as a bowler, passing 200 wickets during 2006, averaging over 30 victims per season and in 2002 took a magnificent 47 which was just two short of the club record. Bowling is only part of Simonís game and although it took a couple of seasons for us to see his batting at its best, Simon has since proved himself to be a quality all-rounder and only Ipsdenís third player to pass the 2,000 runs and 200 wickets milestone.

An aggressive stroke maker, usually found at no.5, Simon has the ability to change a game. He tends to deal in boundaries with the slog sweep, ending up on one knee, a particular favourite, whilst he also posses a very deliberate defensive stroke. More than once he has rattled up a fifty in twenty-something balls and in 2004 joined that rare breed of Ipsden cricketer; the centurion. Running between the wickets has became an erratic feature during the last couple of seasons as Simon adjusts to deteriorating eyesight and it is to the teams benefit that he fields close to the wicket if you want him to do more than just guess if the ball is coming anywhere near him.

He takes a keen interest in the stats and averages, usually able to reel off his own figures and those of his nearest rivals, but as a result he has to put up with a fair amount of leg pulling alleging that at times he plays for his averages. This may be in part explained by the fact that he claims dales heritage and is a graduate of York University where he met his good friend Graham Greensit who has been responsible for our fixtures against the Gentlemen of Nidderdale.

Simon brings a range of different cultural experiences to the club, having lived for a number of years in France, where his daughter was born, and has until recently been employed teaching English as a foreign language to overseas students.

His main interest away from cricket is his music and he boasts a large collection of CDs, he seems to have seen or heard of a large number of bands that only Chris H will have a hope of recognising.

Simon had the captaincy thrust upon him in 2004 due to Benís injury but the extra responsibility didnít stop him picking up a batsman and a bowler of the year trophy during his two season tenure and he seems set to be a key part of the side for years to come.

(MH 2007)

 

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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

2000 14 12 1 282 - - 45 25.6 37 10 3 801 133.3 37 358 34 10.5 23.6 2.68 3 1 5-42
2001 11 11 2 167 1 - 53 18.6 25 4 3 666 111.0 27 374 26 14.4 25.6 3.37 3 - 4-10
2002 16 16 3 418 3 - 72 32.2 50 15 2 1,201 200.1 41 673 47 14.3 25.6 3.36 4 2 7-25
2003 15 15 4 405 3 - 67 36.8 48 17 4 888 148.0 28 509 29 17.6 30.6 3.44 2 1 5-17
2004 20 19 9 528 3 1 111* 52.8 69 20 5 1,045 174.1 35 643 30 21.4 34.8 3.69 1 - 4-66
2005 19 14 3 231 - - 49 21.0 36 2 8 872 145.2 41 359 31 11.6 28.1 2.47 1 1 5-58
2006 18 17 6 437 3 - 73* 39.7 56 18 9 880 146.4 26 565 29 19.1 30.3 3.78 - - 3-9
2007 8 5 0 120 - - 48 24.0 11 8 3 456 76.0 18 274 13 21.1 35.1 3.61 2 - 4-22
2008 16 12 1 263 - 1 116 23.9 34 14 6 852 142.0 40 362 25 14.5 34.1 2.55 1 1 5-62
2009 18 13 2 218 2 - 65 19.8 29 8 7 853 142.1 32 456 34 13.4 25.1 3.21 3 1 5-20
2010 20 14 3 246 - - 38* 22.4 37 3 7 957 159.3 28 661 46 14.4 20.8 4.14 1 2 6-37
2011 19 19 1 349 1 - 67* 13.8 36 7 4 905 150.5 27 549 37 14.8 24.5 3.64 3 - 4-22
2012 10 8 4 120 1 - 63* 30.0 16 2 3 420 70.0 18 200 13 15.4 32.3 2.86 - - 2-9
2013 17 17 4 291 1 - 73* 22.4 42 3 2 833 138.5 28 481 33 14.6 25.2 3.46 1 2 6-28
2014 9 5 2 50 - - 26* 16.7 0 4 1 318 53.0 8 215 11 19.5 28.9 4.06 - - 3-19
2015 3 2 2 44 - - 34* n/a 5 2 1 112 18.4 6 36 8 4.5 14.0 1.93 - - 3-10
Total 233 199 47 4,069 18 2 116 26.8 531 137 68 12,059 2,009.5 440 6,705 446 15.0 27.0 3.34 25 11 7-25

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BEST BATTING:

SCORE

DATE

OPPONENTS
116 Jun 08

H v Swyncombe CC

111* Jul 04

H v Isis CC

73* Aug 04 H v Moulsford CC
73* Apr 06 H v Sonning Common Village CC
73* Jun 13

N v Cholsey CC

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BEST BOWLING:

FIGURES

DATE

OPPONENTS
7-25 Sep 02 H v Probation Services XI
6-82 Aug 02 H v Goodenough College XI
6-28 Jul 13 N v Cholsey CC
6-37 Jun 10 H v Aldworth CC
5-13 Jun 10 H v Aldworth CC (FC)

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CLUB HONOURS:

HONOUR YEAR
Bowler of the Year 2000, 2002 ,2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011
Player of the Year 2001, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014
Batsman of the Year 2004, 2006
The Mallard 2008
Leading Run Scorer 2006
Leading Wicket Taker 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

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OFFICES HELD:

OFFICE YEAR
Vice Captain 2004 - 2006