It has been an interesting thread, this one. Many of those mentioned are contempories of mine or people who I have played cagainst in recent years. To correct or confirm a few issues :
It was Denis Marriott who had a leg amputated a few years back. He was often seen at Lords during Test matches but I havent seen him for a few years and wonder whether he might have died.
Colin Cook was the bearded opening batsman of the early 80's, originally from Pinner CC. His wife was Bill Athey's wife (not sure if they are still married) and they emigrated to Western Australia, I believe).
Bill Merry is not a solicitor but a property developer and a highly successful one at that ! Now living in Bedfordshire I believe.
Alex Barnett went into the web business and I believe it was his company which designed the original Middlesex CCC website.
Jason Harrison is still playing for High Wycombe CC along with Greg Pooley (younger brother of Jason) and Mark Wright (a young Middlesex 2nd XI and MCC groundstaff player who at one stage showed a lot of promise but never went on).
Dusty Miller is still on the Middlesex Committee but for for much longer as he is off to the USA to work and live.
Gordon "Flash" Harris retired from club cricket with Teddington a few years
Scott Moffat and Kervin Marc both play for Radlett these days.
Ali Fraser is still very active at Stanmore as has been said and is also the cricket coach at St. Pauls School in Barnes. He also captained the Middlesex League side to their vistory in the Inter-Leage Cup in 2005, having succeeded Pete Wellings in that role.
After spells at Sussex and Leicester, Amir Khan did briefly reappear for Finchley (where he was originally discovered) a couple of seasons
ago but was nothing like the same bowler.
Richard Ellis did indeed go to Gloucestershire and yes, he did live in his car for a while !!! His nickname was Moonman and it was well earned !!
Others worthy of mention - Raj Maru and Kevan James, both actively involved with Hampshire, Raj as a Youth Team Coach and Kevin as the local radio sports presenter. He was at Richmond for the 20/20 last year commentating. He also acts as Chairman, a la Chris Lowe, at their Members Forums.
I thought it was Dennis Marriot who suffered this terrible misfortune - and sorry to have taken the thread into unhappy areas. A missing body parts XI would not be in good taste, agreed Ged.
Ricky Ellcock gets a recent mention - a REAL shame his back injury put an end to his career. He was seriously quick and England was calling when he had to pack up. Saw a very quick spell at Uxbridge once - but he had to leave the field even then.
Did MrS really mean to write that Colin Cook's wife was Bill Athey's wife? If so, I'm not surorised they emigrated!
Michael is living back in Durham but keeps a close connection with the County. He was instrumental in securing the Northern Rock sponsorpship and is often at Lords, hosting the sponsor's box on match days.
Mr Spliffy - You are right. Except I believe it was Bill Athey who married Colin Cook's sister. Colin Cook born Pinner, Middlesex. Whey Hey. Can remember a cameo of 80 odd in a sunday slog in a losing cause back in the days when the top of the Tavern Stand was open. Can recall several sixes from Cookie whizzing up there. Plus can remember him demolishing the advertising boards at Worcs when attempting to cut off a boundary. Guy was built like a prop forward. Another name Ian Blanchett - was playing for Ealing last year. Agree with JSRE re Mr Roseberry - second spell was ineffective. Off the field has proved more fruitfull.
This is the best thread we have had in ages. Please can we try to stick to " Where are they now? " here. Any other issues we can start a new thread to make this easier on eye, rather than break the interesting link.
Those of us who are long enough in the tooth will remember a very mediocre batsman called GPS Delisle whose position in the team owed a great deal to public school connections and the old boy network. Google found him for me as now being "something in the city".
And does anybody remember pace bowlers Henry Tilly and Tom Angus from the same era who filled in when Warr and Moss weren't playing?
Going back to the Somerset semi final. The point of Botham playing out the last over was that he was on 96 not out and didn't want to risk the team losing in favour of his glory. That was IMHO one of the best one day games I've ever seen.
I remember Dennis Marriot opening the bowling with John Price in the first ever JPL game I attended. That must have been very early 70s. We were not very good then it has to be said
Dennis Marriott played originally for Surrey and came to us in the early 70s when we were perennially short of pace bowlers. I believe he worked in the health service. He was known as "always a run to Marriott" due to his uninspired fielding. I remember him coming in as last man in a Gillette cup game against Sussex in 1973 when we needed about 6 to win with an over to go and Fred Titmus on 40 not out at the other end, and getting bowled trying to hit his first ball into the Mound Stand.
Nigel Ross carried on playing club cricket until the late 80's, first for East Molesey and then for Richmond. He gave up leeping becuase of his fingers but became a more than useful medium paced swing bowler, taking 9 wickets in one Middlesex League match v Stanmore. Angus Fraser was playing for Stanmore in that one !
He retired from cricket to play golf but I beleive has had some bad problems with arthritis in his hands and feet. He still lives in West London.
And yep, my apologies again about the Cook/Athey connection. It was Bill Ahey who married Colin's sister and not the other way round.
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