Far from the MCC

~ Est. in 1998 ~

 

Current Players  |  Selected Non-Current Players  |  Historical Numerical List

 

 

 

 

Selected Largely Non-Current Player Profiles

(Updated end of Season 2016)

 

 

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“A”

A  |  B  |  C  |  D  |  E  |  F  |  H  |  J  |  L  |  M  |  N  |  P  |  R  |  S  |  T  |  W  

 

 

 

 

 

 

#131

 

Stuart Guy Ackland

 

Nickname:

Stuey,  Guy

Birthplace:

Wellington, Somerset

Debut:

2013

Match:

291

DOB:

26 / 06 / 68

Height:

5’ 9”

Type:

RH bat,  Right-arm medium

#1 Single:

The Rolling Stones – “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”

 

 

 

 

 

Stuart has been a regular opponent of The MAD since way back in 2003, offering up his talented all-round pedigree to those book hoarding chaps who represent the famed Bodleian library. If you were to drill down into their cricketing website you would also glean that he has been an “occasional skipper, Tour superintendent and in the early days, Bodley’s Mr. Consistency. In more recent years, Stuart has taken to batting more keenly, perfecting a unique approach that begins with taking a guard on the adjacent pitch, and then stepping back some more before swiping at the ball with the underside of the bat. Never happy on the pitch, and even more pessimistic off it, Stuart is nonetheless the beating heart of the club.”

 

It summation of the above, it would therefore appear as though Mr Ackland was perhaps the one that got away – or the one that got away having never been with this Club in the first place. Aciculate and a cynical pleasure to be around, he has of course represented the Far From the MCC on a few occasions when numbers have been tight – watching in suspended disbelief as his first MAD wickets were dropped to the floor.

 

Have faith, Stuey – one day, one day…. You may even get a bat.

 

 

 

 

Bowling

 

M

O

M

R

W

Best

Avg

Econ

SR

5wi

Ct

St

RO

35 ovs

1

6

0

49

0

0-49

-

8.17

-

-

-

-

-

40 ovs

1

5

1

13

0

0-13

-

2.60

-

-

-

-

-

 

Totals

 

2

 

11.0

 

1

 

62

 

0

 

0-13

 

-

 

5.64

 

-

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#130

 

Rahman Alizha

 

Nickname:

Razza

Birthplace:

Afghanistan

Debut:

2013

Match:

291

DOB:

n/a

Height:

5’ 8”

Type:

RH bat,  Right-arm medium

#1 Single:

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

Born somewhere amongst the combative plains of Afghanistan, Rahman was plucked from an obscure newsagents shop in St. Clements on one of Mr Leggate’s wild and boozy evenings in 2013. Despite guesting only a couple of times for The MAD, Razza demonstrated a more than useful ability with both bat and ball. Precocious medium pace complemented a fine biffer of the ball – an explosive cameo at Harwell would come to mind.

 

Despite the obvious language barrier and nonsensical, eccentric British behaviour all around him, Mr Alizha seemed to enjoy himself on the whole – just a pity he seemed plagued by injuries and changed his mobile number every week. Sighted recently on the Cowley Road on crutches no less, maybe one day he’ll return….

 

 

 

 

Batting

 

M

I

NO

R

Avg

HS

BF

SR

4

6

0

50

100

35 ovs

2

1

0

32

32.00

32

33

96.97

5

1

-

-

-

 

Totals

 

2

 

1

 

0

 

32

 

32.00

 

32

 

33

 

96.97

 

5

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

Bowling

 

M

O

M

R

W

Best

Avg

Econ

SR

5wi

Ct

St

RO

35 ovs

2

7

0

49

2

2-49

24.50

7.00

21.00

-

-

-

-

 

Totals

 

2

 

7.0

 

0

 

49

 

2

 

2-49

 

24.50

 

7.00

 

21.00

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

“B”

A  |  B  |  C  |  D  |  E  |  F  |  H  |  J  |  L  |  M  |  N  |  P  |  R  |  S  |  T  |  W  

 

 

 

 

 

 

#097

 

Petr Benisek

 

Nickname:

Petr Cech

Birthplace:

Czechoslovakia

Debut:

2007

Match:

143

DOB:

n/a

Height:

5’ 9” ish

Type:

RH bat

#1 Single:

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

A skilled woodworker by trade, Petr nearly shared his name with the Chelsea FC goalkeeper of that time, and spent his short duration with The MAD admonishing his team mates who asked him how his footballing career was going. It was with great sadness when he upped and left for New Zealand in the fall of 2007 – as he amused all with his dry sense of wit and childlike enthusiasm for a game he simply couldn’t comprehend. Thankfully his name is etched in our scorebook forever after carving one through the slips at Jordan Hill.

 

So long Petr, we hope we see you again one day – and may we wish you well in your burgeoning footballing career.

 

 

 

 

Batting

 

M

I

NO

R

Avg

HS

BF

SR

4

6

0

50

100

35 ovs

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40 ovs

1

1

0

2

2.00

2

3

66.67

-

-

-

-

-

 

Totals

 

2

 

1

 

0

 

2

 

2.00

 

2

 

3

 

66.67

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#10

 

James Blann

 

Nickname:

n/a

Birthplace:

n/a

Debut:

1998

Match:

002

DOB:

n/a

Height:

n/a

Type:

RH bat,  Right-arm bowl

#1 Single:

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

Every inch a cricketer, James played 9 games for The Jude, taking a more than respectable 7 wickets at 30.00 and scoring 96 exquisite runs at 10.67 with a high score of 32 against The Baldons in 1999. Fielding unusually close, Mr Blann had a welcome habit of taking the most athletic catches. His brother Richard also played 3 times for The Jude Obscure.

 

 

 

 

Batting

 

M

I

NO

R

Avg

HS

BF

SR

4

6

0

50

100

T20

1

1

0

8

8.00

8

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

35 ovs

4

4

0

53

13.25

20

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Timed

1

1

0

32

32.00

32

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Other

3

3

0

3

1.00

3

-

-

-

-

2

-

-

 

Totals

 

9

 

9

 

0

 

96

 

10.67

 

32

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

Bowling

 

M

O

M

R

W

Best

Avg

Econ

SR

5wi

Ct

St

RO

T20

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

-

-

35 ovs

4

11

2

56

4

2-23

14.00

5.09

16.50

-

4

-

-

Timed

1

7

0

35

0

0-35

-

5.00

-

-

-

-

-

Other

3

18

1

119

3

2-83

39.67

6.61

36.00

-

2

-

-

 

Totals

 

9

 

36.0

 

3

 

210

 

7

 

2-23

 

30.00

 

5.83

 

30.86

 

0

 

6

 

0

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#15

 

Simon Brandon

 

Nickname:

n/a

Birthplace:

n/a

Debut:

1998

Match:

003

DOB:

n/a

Height:

n/a

Type:

RH bat,  Right-arm bowl

#1 Single:

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

Although playing only the 5 times for The Jude, Simon made a huge impact with the bat, scoring 210 runs at 42.00 with a high score of 86 (a then HS record). When he left the team, Simon was missed almost as much as his voluptuous girlfriend. Ahh, what was her name again? Simon’s brother Michael also played twice for The Jude.

 

 

 

 

Batting

 

M

I

NO

R

Avg

HS

BF

SR

4

6

0

50

100

T20

1

1

0

21

21.00

21

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

35 ovs

2

2

0

136

68.00

86

-

-

-

-

-

2

-

Other

2

2

0

53

26.50

3

-

-

-

-

0

-

-

 

Totals

 

5

 

5

 

0

 

210

 

42.00

 

86

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

0

 

2

 

0

 

Bowling

 

M

O

M

R

W

Best

Avg

Econ

SR

5wi

Ct

St

RO

T20

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

-

-

35 ovs

2

14

0

74

1

1-37

74.00

5.29

84.00

-

-

-

-

Other

2

9.3

0

32

4

3-6

8.00

3.37

14.25

-

1

-

-

 

Totals

 

5

 

23.3

 

0

 

106

 

5

 

3-6

 

21.20

 

4.51

 

28.20

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#75

 

Graham Bridges

 

Nickname:

Stabiliser,  Running Man

Birthplace:

n/a

Debut:

2003

Match:

063

DOB:

n/a

Height:

5’ 10” ish

Type:

RH bat

#1 Single:

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

One of a clutch of new cricketers who made his debut for The MAD in 2003, Graham was poached along with several others from corporate behemoth Vodafone. A keen athlete who loved his running, he would make 16 appearances straddling two seasons for the Far from the Madding Crowd. Always enthusiastic in the field where he could run about a lot, Mr Bridges eventually found the rest of the game to be boring and impractical. I mean, why not just run about a lot instead of playing with this stupid leather ball in these ridiculous white trousers?

 

 

 

 

Batting

 

M

I

NO

R

Avg

HS

BF

SR

4

6

0

50

100

T20

2

2

0

4

2.00

4

15

26.67

-

-

1

-

-

35 ovs

11

11

1

55

5.5

16

131

41.98

3

-

2

-

-

40 ovs

2

2

0

4

2.00

3

18

22.22

-

-

-

-

-

Timed

1

1

0

0

0.00

0

2

0.00

-

-

1

-

-

 

Totals

 

16

 

16

 

1

 

63

 

4.20

 

16

 

166

 

37.95

 

3

 

0

 

4

 

0

 

0

 

Bowling

 

M

O

M

R

W

Best

Avg

Econ

SR

5wi

Ct

St

RO

T20

2

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

-

-

35 ovs

11

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

-

-

40 ovs

2

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

-

-

Timed

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

-

-

 

Totals

 

5

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

“C”

A  |  B  |  C  |  D  |  E  |  F  |  H  |  J  |  L  |  M  |  N  |  P  |  R  |  S  |  T  |  W  

 

 

 

 

 

 

#92

 

Andy Cavanagh

 

Nickname:

QC,  Goose Man

Birthplace:

n/a

Debut:

2006

Match:

121

DOB:

n/a

Height:

6’ 3” ish

Type:

RH bat,  Right-arm bowl

#1 Single:

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

Andy Cav’s laconic drawl and wry wit made him an amusing member of The MAD. After an uncertain start in 2006, hardly knowing when to appeal and when not to, Andy soon got the hang of it, and for several games the cry of “Howzat!” could be heard after just about every delivery, until that guy from OUP got sick of it and wrapped his bat round Andy’s head.

 

Andy began shakily at the crease, but found his feet towards the end, and looked positively batsman-like during his high score of 16. In his short stint for The Club, he took 5 catches in all – just a shame that two of them were subbing for the University Offices (a ‘Judas’ fielding record).

 

 

 

 

Batting

 

M

I

NO

R

Avg

HS

BF

SR

4

6

0

50

100

35 ovs

6

5

1

31

7.75

16

66

46.97

3

-

2

-

-

40 ovs

3

2

0

2

1.00

1

12

16.67

-

-

-

-

-

Other

1

1

0

15

15.00

15

26

57.69

1

-

0

-

-

 

Totals

 

10

 

8

 

1

 

48

 

6.86

 

16

 

104

 

46.15

 

4

 

0

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

Bowling

 

M

O

M

R

W

Best

Avg

Econ

SR

5wi

Ct

St

RO

35 ovs

6

1

0

6

0

0-6

-

6.00

-

-

2

-

1

40 ovs

3

1

0

10

0

0-10

-

10.00

-

-

1

-

-

Other

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totals

 

10

 

2.0

 

0

 

16

 

0

 

0-6

 

-

 

8.00

 

-

 

0

 

3

 

0

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#85

 

Michael D. Clarke

 

Nickname:

Billy Liar

Birthplace:

n/a

Debut:

2004

Match:

093

DOB:

n/a

Height:

6’ 1” ish

Type:

RH bat,  Right-arm medium

#1 Single:

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

Mike will always be remembered for his wonderful knock of 61 on Tour against Watchet CC in 2005. Since that fateful day he invariably failed to live up to the great expectations. Actually, he failed to turn up at all most times, preferring the company of ladies from China, Russia and Spain to the corrosive bunch of fuckers he called his teammates. Naturally he always maintained he was teaching – but teaching what exactly, Mike?

 

Intelligent, well-travelled and multilingual, Mr Clarke has always had a deep penchant for graveyard and acidic humour, where his talking of bollocks will grow exponentially the more he gets pissed. He’s still in contact with The Club and he may well play again – but until he fulfils that promise, he can stay on this fucking page.

 

Mike makes talking shit an art form.

 

 

 

 

Batting

 

M

I

NO

R

Avg

HS

BF

SR

4

6

0

50

100

T20

3

1

0

23

23.00

23

19

121.05

4

-

-

-

-

35 ovs

13

12

0

133

11.08

61

209

63.63

14

-

2

1

-

40 ovs

4

2

0

9

4.50

9

14

64.26

1

-

1

-

-

Timed

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

3

3

1

38

19.00

10

34

111.76

4

-

-

-

-

 

Totals

 

24

 

18

 

1

 

203

 

11.94

 

61

 

276

 

73.55

 

23

 

0

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

Bowling

 

M

O

M

R

W

Best

Avg

Econ

SR

5wi

Ct

St

RO

T20

3

4

0

14

0

0-3

-

3.50

-

-

-

-

-

35 ovs

13

9.4

0

85

1

1-9

85.00

8.79

58.00

-

5

-

-

40 ovs

4

4

1

31

1

1-31

31.00

7.75

24.00

-

1

-

-

Timed

1

1.5

0

7

0

0-7

-

3.82

-

-

-

-

-

Other

3

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totals

 

24

 

19.3

 

1

 

137

 

2

 

1-9

 

68.50

 

7.02

 

58.50

 

0

 

6

 

0

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#101

 

Jenner Collins

 

Nickname:

n/a

Birthplace:

Australia

Debut:

2008

Match:

158

DOB:

n/a

Height:

6’ 0” ish

Type:

RH bat,  Right-arm bowl

#1 Single:

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

First things first – Jenner could bat. He represented The MAD just a handful of times between 2008 and 2011, making his debut alongside his brother JP at Stratfield Brake, Kidlington. Despite registering just a single figure score, he looked the goods before his subsequent angry retreat into town thereafter to get bladdered. Next time out he put the record straight, flogging a hapless Blenheim Park XI all over central Oxford in recording the fastest MAD ton ever recorded in terms of balls faced (76). We guess he had a point to prove.

 

Abrasive if misunderstood, there was a depth and humour to Jenner that endeared him to his teammates. Sadly however, organising his presence in the team proved convoluted to say the least. He hated email groups and he hated giving his mobile number out, henceforth any contact involved complex and protracted negotiations via his buddy, Mr Ian Leggate. Now that the latter resides in Canada – it’s even more convoluted.

 

 

 

 

Batting

 

M

I

NO

R

Avg

HS

BF

SR

4

6

0

50

100

35 ovs

2

2

0

13

6.50

8

11

118.18

3

-

-

-

-

40 ovs

2

2

0

196

98.00

102

174

112.64

31

5

0

1

1

 

Totals

 

4

 

4

 

0

 

209

 

52.25

 

102

 

185

 

112.97

 

34

 

5

 

0

 

1

 

1

 

Bowling

 

M

O

M

R

W

Best

Avg

Econ

SR

5wi

Ct

St

RO

35 ovs

2

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

-

-

40 ovs

2

7

0

54

1

1-39

54.00

7.71

42.00

-

-

-

-

 

Totals

 

4

 

7.0

 

0

 

54

 

1

 

1-39

 

54.00

 

7.71

 

42.00

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#102

 

JP Collins

 

Nickname:

JP

Birthplace:

Australia

Debut:

2008

Match:

158

DOB:

n/a

Height:

6’ 2” ish

Type:

RH bat,  Right-arm medium

#1 Single:

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

JP debuted for The MAD towards the end of the 2008 season alongside his brother Jenner (above left). An Australian by birth, he buggered off back whence he came at the end of the 2009 season, much akin to our other famous native Australian before him. A very handy hitter down the order, it was with the ball where JP really impressed, taking several useful wickets with his consistent medium pace. Mr Collins also had the longest run up in Sunday cricket history, requiring the boundary wall to be removed from behind the bowler’s arm to accommodate his approach to the wicket.

 

 

 

 

Batting

 

M

I

NO

R

Avg

HS

BF

SR

4

6

0

50

100

T20

4

3

2

31

31.00

20*

39

79.49

5

-

-

-

-

35 ovs

8

6

2

56

14.00

24

62

90.32

5

1

1

-

-

40 ovs

1

1

1

0

-

0*

1

0.00

-

-

-

-

-

Other

2

2

0

31

15.50

27

19

163.16

-

3

-

-

-

 

Totals

 

15

 

12

 

5

 

118

 

16.86

 

27

 

121

 

97.52

 

10

 

4

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

Bowling

 

M

O

M

R

W

Best

Avg

Econ