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Gemma is one of those unique players who bats left-handed and bowls right-handed. Batting at the top of the order, Gemma is also a fine medium pace bowler and excellent fielder.
Giving back to the cricket family is very high on Gemma’s list. Currently a 2nd Year Sports Coaching & Development student at the University of Winchester, Gemma has also coached for Jersey, Hampshire and Chance to Shine. An ambassador for Cage Cricket and the creator of @Crick_FIT a community-focussed organisation that encourages women & girls into sport and helps breaks down some of the barriers and perceptions of cricket
Allan is an aggressive batsman and attacking seam bowler who hits the deck hard. Allan's career started at age 15 with Ballyeighan where he won the Middle A cup, Middle B cup and numerous Midland and South-East cups. He then moved to Dublin-based Pembroke CC with whom he won the Leinster Senior League, competing against Irish internationals and overseas players. Following Pembroke's relegation to the 2nd Division, Allan was appointed captain where he successfully led them back to the 1st Division and his strong performances got him noticed by the national selectors. The talent he showed bowling against the visiting Australian team, containing Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting, led to appearances for the Ireland 'A' side. Impressing the then Ireland coach, Phil Simmons, Allan won his first full senior cap against the Netherlands in an International Cup match. Further caps followed against Canada and Zimbabwe and selection for the 18-man training camp in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup.
Injury has unfortunately plagued Allan in recent seasons although it didn't stop him from being included in the Team of the Year in 2013 nor from taking 14 wickets in just 6 games in 2014. Now fully recovered from his knee cartilage operation, he has high hopes for 2015 and Rush CC whom he has joined to help their promotion ambitions as well as develop some of their younger players.
Olivia is a highly talented right-handed bat and right-arm medium-fast bowler. She was just 6 years old when a local coach picked her off the side-lines but since then she has never looked back. Representing Durham CC at the age of 11, Olivia went on to captain the Women's 1st XI and vice-captain the University 1st XI as well as gaining selection for the MCC Universities representative team. In 2013 Olivia received her first cap for the national team, opening the batting and scoring a match-winning 61 that while picking up the Player of the Match award. Now a regular member of the Scotland Wildcats, she is also Head Coach of the Scotland U17 Women's team. In the winter of 2014-15 she was offered a role in New Zealand, where she combined playing and coaching at Sydenham CC and gained representative selection into the Canterbury Magicians squad.
With the Scotland Women's team promoted to Division 2 for 2015 and the ICC World T20 qualifiers taking place in Thailand in November, Olivia has exciting times ahead of her.
Mark is an attacking top-order batsman and wicket-keeper currently playing in the Southern Electric Premier League with Alton CC. Last season he was 3rd highest run-scorer in the division, averaging 47 and was the leading wicket-keeper, claiming 23 victims and placing him 5th on the all-time Premier Division wicket-keeping list.
Mark showed great promise from an early age, breaking a Graham Thorpe record on an U15 District tour with a score of 156 at Folkestone. Performances such as these saw Mark get a call up from Hampshire whom he represented at both U16 and U17 levels. He was part of the successful Alton team that rose through 2 divisions in 3 seasons to reach the Premier Division, where they have stayed since 2006. He went on to captain Alton for three consecutive seasons from 2009-2011. During this time he spent his winter months in Australia playing for St. Kilda CC where he played in 1 Grand Final and 2 one-day semi-finals.
Jess is a right handed batter and opens for her club team, Purley Redoubtables, one of the oldest women's team in the country, for whom she also bowls right-hand off-spin. Jess started playing cricket at the age of 10 for her primary school team and was asked to attend trials for Surrey. She continued to progress through the county's age groups, initially as a medium swing bowler, until at age 15 she switched to off-spin.
In 2010, aged just 16, Jess was selected for the Surrey Women's 1st XI and went on to be the team's leading wicket-taker in the 2013 season. Throughout this time Jess has been a stalwart for the Purley Redoubtables, for whom she has her best bowling figures of 5/14 and this season earned her highest score with an unbeaten 76. Jess has also made the occasional Sunday appearance for Maori Oxshot CC as well as coaching the colts section at Beckenham CC, where she is hoping to inspire the development of women's and girls teams.
Rising through the Northumberland Junior ranks as a right-handed bowler, Ellen made her Northumberland Women senior debut aged just 16 in the national T20 tournament in Leicestershire. Having worked hard on her batting, Ellen moved up to the top of the order for the senior team. Now a 1st Year Sports Development student at Leeds Beckett University, Ellen has been selected for both the Leeds Becket Women’s team and the Leeds-Bradford MCCU Academy as a left-handed batter. Highlights of Ellen’s fledgling but promising career include making her maiden 50 at age 13 and concluding successive seasons with batting averages of 54 and 58 respectively.
Ryan is an explosive all-rounder who’s passion for the game really shines through. He’s an aggressive middle order batsman who attacks the ball from the first delivery and a right-arm medium pace bowler with 27 wickets to his name in last season’s division winning team at an average of 13.08.
At just 19 years of age Ryan has risen rapidly through the game and he’s immensely proud of his time as captain of the London Nautical School. A student at Loughborough University he’s a member of the MCCU Academy and was recently called up to the Leicestershire set-up. With a dream to “walk out on to the steps of the Kia Oval wearing the England shirt” Ryan is making giant strides in reaching that goal and beyond.
Francesca is a gifted leg-spin bowler who bats at no. 3 for her club team, Wrenthorpe Ladies, for whom she took 4-12 & 4-19 last season. Francesca started 2015 playing for Thongsbridge U15's where she snared her season-best figures of 3-5. In June she moved on to Holmbridge CC where she represented both the U15 & Men's 2nd XI.
After rising through the ranks at U11, U13 & U15 levels with West Yorkshire, Francesca was part of the county championship winning team with the Yorkshire U15's, bagging 10 wickets for the season.
Watch this space!
JC is an aggressive all-rounder who plays the game at a high tempo. At Crown Taverners he was the first player in over a decade to register 500 1st XI runs and 20 league wickets in the same season.
For 2015 Jonny has joined Fleet CC in the Thames Valley league as a middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper. He has played cricket for as long as he can remember and his natural leadership and ambition has led him to the captaincy for many of the school & club teams he has represented down the years.
Ever since Greg picked up his first cricket bat at the age of 13 he just never wanted to put it down. His love of cricket shines through in every moment he's on the field, whether he's batting or bowling.
Currently playing for Banstead CC in the Ryman Surrey Championship 1st Division, Greg is a powerful striker of the ball and has a top score of 147 not out. He's also an aggressive bowler who likes to keep his opponent on their toes. Greg is one of those guys who just loves to play cricket wherever and whenever he can. On Sundays you'll find him playing with local team, Carnage CC.