All-Time League 1st XI

The identity of Goring’s All-Time League 1st XI has been a hotly debated topic over the years. Here is my take on the age old discussion.

No 1: Ollie Carrier. Over 3400 1st XI Runs at an average of 26.2 including 16 half centuries and 4 centuries. Best of 120*. Captained the 1st XI in 5 seasons.

Ollie Carrier

No 2: Will Smith. Over 2800 1st XI runs at an average of 23.9 including 14 half centuries and 3 centuries. Best of 118.

Will Smith

No 3: Graham Nicholson. Average of 34.8 in the 1s including a best of 134*. 3964 runs in the 1st XI including 23 half centuries and 2 centuries.

Graham Nicholson

No 4 & Captain: Duncan Kent. Top run scorer in the 1s with over 7000 runs including 46 half centuries and 1 century. Batting average of 29.1 and bowling average of 16.2, with six 5-fers. Top score in the league of 109 and top bowling analysis of 6/43. Captained the 1st XI in 10 seasons.

Duncan Kent

No 5 & Keeper: Chris Lewis. Average of 32.2 in the league with a top score of 108*. Over 900 1st XI runs with 6 half centuries and one century.

Chris Lewis

No 6: George Taylor. Over 1000 1st XI runs at an average of 24.5 with 5 half centuries and a strike rate of over 150. Has a 17-ball league fifty and a top score of 94*.

George Taylor

No 7: Alex Crawford. Spin bowling all-rounder best bowling in the league of 6/76 and best batting of 70*. Average of 19.7 with the ball and 30.6 with the bat. Took 93 1st XI wickets with 2 five wicket hauls. Scored 734 1st XI runs with 3 half centuries.

Alex Crawford

No 8: Dave Sexon. 80s legendary swing bowler with a best of 9/50 in the league. 145 1st XI scalps including eight 5-fers at an average of 15.6. 1444 1st XI runs at an average of 24.1 including 9 half centuries. Best batting of 89*. Captained the 1st XI in 2 seasons.

Dave Sexon

No 9: Jamie Vickery. Pace bowling all-rounder. Over 320 1st XI wickets at an average of 20.0 including eleven 5-fers. League best bowling of 8/56. Over 2800 1st XI runs scored at an average of 21.2 with 14 half centuries. Best batting of 79.

Jamie Vickery

No 10: Peter Slade. Highest 1st XI wicket taker in the club with over 340 scalps. 1s bowling average of 14.4 with eleven 5-fers. League best bowling of 8/21. Over 1900 1st XI runs scored with the bat at an average of 19.4 including 10 half centuries. Best batting of 72.

Peter Slade

No 11: Steve Wright. 90s legend with the best GCC bowling analysis in the league of 10/32. Pace and accuracy- 1st XI bowling average of 11.2. 184 1st XI wickets including fourteen 5-fers.

Steve Wright

Don’t agree? Email me (Tom Hedge: stato@goringcricketclub.com) with your All-Time 1st XI and I will endeavour to include it as an alternative.

Indeed we have already recieved one such Alternative XI, from Stephen Wincott which is shown below:

No 1: Ian Grant. Scored 1645 1st XI runs with 5 half centuries and 1 century. Average of 21.9 with the bat with a best of 111* in a 10 wicket victory. Captained the 1st XI in 1 season.

Ian Grant

No 2: Matthew Armitage. Over 2100 1st XI runs at an average of 25.2. 11 half centuries and 2 centuries. Best of 114. Captained the 1st XI in 2 seasons.

Matthew Armitage

No 3: Andy Steele. Scored 420 1st XI runs with 2 half centuries. Average of 28.0 in the league, best of 79.

Andy Steele

No 4: Owyn Tong-Jones. 850 1st XI runs at an average of 38.6. 4 half centuries and 2 centuries. Best of 135 scored at the age of 16.

Owyn Tong-Jones

No 5: Jimmy Lennox. “The Doc” scored 880 1st XI runs at an average of 30.3. 5 half centuries and 2 centuries. Best of 132.

Jimmy Lennox

No 6 & Captain: Jim Ross. Pace bowling all-rounder: batting average of 22.6 and bowling average 21.5. 2888 runs scored including 16 half centuries and 1 century. Took 125 1st XI wickets including 3 5-fers. Best batting 116 and best bowling 5/28. Captained the 1st XI in 5 seasons.

Jim Ross

No 7 & Keeper: Dan Harrigan. Scored 471 1st XI runs including 4 half centuries. Batting average 18.1 in league, best of 97.

Dan Harrigan

No 8: Darren Clarke. Spin bowling all-rounder: batting average of 20.2 and bowling average of 18.9. Scored 665 1st XI runs including 1 half century. Took 87 1st XI wickets including 2 5-fers. Best knock 97*, best bowling 5/30.

Darren Clarke

No 9: Mark Dickinson. Pace bowling all rounder, average of 22.4 with bat and 18.4 with ball. 471 1st XI runs scored with 3 half centuries. 43 1st XI wickets taken with 1 5-fer. Best batting 55*, best bowling 6/35.

Mark Dickinson

No 10: Adrian Chilcott. Aggressive paceman with a bowling average of 17.4. 123 1st XI wickets taken with 6 five wicket hauls. Best bowling of 7/33. 509 1st XI runs scored at a batting average of 13.8 including 2 half centuries.

Adrian Chilcott

No 11: Steve Plumb. Took 155 1st XI wickets at a bowling average of 12.8. Picked up 8 five wicket hauls and had a best performance of 8/25.

Steve Plumb

Notes:

  • League & Cup 1st XI figures only (does not include 1st XI friendlies).
  • Last update: January 2024