Aspenden Standon & Puckeridge

Aspenden Standon & Puckeridge Saturday XI squad

Saturday XI

Captain : Akbar Jabar

The man, The myth, The Legend... And now the new ASPS League Skipper.

Akbar joined in 2013 after playing a game for the ASPS when most the Saturday team was on tour. After scoring 140 odd and help winning that particular game, Akbar found his spiritual home... The Aspenden Green & hasn't looked back since. 

Truly one of the best batsmen the Herts & Essex leagues has seen, let alone ASPS. 74 games, 4000+ runs, 13 Hundreds, 25 Fifties at an Average of 82. A joy to watch. 

Absolute magnet in the field, bullet arm as well.

Vice Captain : Clark Baxter

Started at the club at 16 in 2006. Played pretty much every game since!

Has been know to Bat, Bowl or Keep in his time at the club.

Plays both Saturday & Sunday.

Sunday Vice Skipper Albon for the past 2 season & should notch his 350th ASPS game in 2018. 

John Albon
2009 Merit Cup Winner

NICKNAME: The Albonator, The Saint, The Leave, Surresh, VFM, Johnny A, Johnny Albonny Bon Bon, Skipper, BC, VBC, The Stortford Ripper, Quagmire

BOWLING: More air than a zeppelin. Brilliant on caught and bowled chances. May 2008 becomes the sixth ASP bowler to pass 100 wickets. 6-15 against Walkern, best ASP figures in four years and the 5th best ever figures for ASP. 50+ wickets in 2009, only second player to achieve this. September 2009 passes 200 wickets for club

BATTING: Gritty and determined. Hasn't left a straight one for quite some time. Now specialising in scoring in front of square. See Collingwood.

FIELDING: Brilliant anywhere and the safest hands north of London. Mr 100%

CAPTAINCY: Seen as the ideal medium to long term solution for the club as a whole, as combines the flair, ability and motivational and coaching skills to gel a mix more fractious than the West Indies.
Luke Clifton

After joining the club in 2008, Luke soon became skipper of the league team. Helping drive the team up 4 divisions into Div 1. 

One of ASPS most prolific run scorers in the last decade. Scoring 8500 runs at an average of 40 for the. Also a high quality fielder. Some of the safest hands at the club. 

Neil Curtis

Has been Sunday keeper for nearly a decade now & known to do it on a Saturday when needed. Quality an reliable. Racking up a fantastic 82 catches and 77 stumpings. 

Will bat wherever you need him to, normally on the back foot, cutting and pulling. Plays the sweep as well as anyone in the club. 

Bowling... Less said the better.. 


Rob Devonshire

An ASPS all rounder, on and off the pitch. 

Middle order batsmen with massive levers, can hit the ball a mile. A beautiful driver and a scorer of important runs. 

Has been know to open the bowling, with his pace and bounce he can get the batsmen jumping. 

A safe pair of hands wherever you put him in the field. A keen sledger.  

Lewis Fitzgerald

ASPS opening league bowler. 

Bowls with real pace and accuracy. Hard to score runs off of. Closing in on his 100th ASPS wicket. 

Has real quality when batting. Times the ball perfectly and knows how to dig in when needed. More than enough ability to be an all rounder. 

Very reliable wherever he's put in the field. 

Jaimie Grace

More interested in having a beer and banter than the cricket. Bowls & Bats wherever you ask him too. A hard hitter.

Can occasionally field when concentrating/standing in the right place. 

Nick Green
Good addition to the league team. Can score quick runs & a more than solid fielder. Can bowl some decent offies as well. 
Simon Groom

Was part of the club when it started in 2001. Playing over 200 league games for the ASPS and scoring thousands of runs in the process.

One of the classiest batsmen at the club & a much loved team member

Matt Nash
New addition to the squad, loves to put the fast bowler back over his head and has a useful bit of swing with a medium pace ball....swears when he gets angry! and has a stricking resemblance to a serial killer!!!
Mark Pankhurst
NICKNAME: Tank, Tanky, Tanka-loola
BOWLING: Keeps improving every year. A crucial member of the league team with terrific control of line and length. BATTING: Potential for runs down the order. FIELDING: Good ball stopper, save pair of hands and a good arm.
HONOURS: 4x Young player of the year, Players players and presidents cup.
Ben Sapsford

An ASPS legend. Been at the club since 2001. A talented batsmen and clever bowler. Aggressive stroke maker and on his day there isn't a player who hits the ball sweeter. 

Before injuries, Sappo was arguably the quickest at the club for many years. Now he's known for his ripping spinners down the hill. Still taking as many wickets as always. Hoping to get his 300th wicket in 2018. 

Oh and most definitely ASPS number 1 competitive drinker. 

Michael Strange

One of the league's finest players over the last 20 years. Now newly elected ASPS President. 

One of the classiest batsmen around, scoring nearly 14,000 runs for ASPS at an average of 45. That includes 18 Hundreds & 91 Fifties.. With 13 of those tons coming in league cricket. A high score of 205* also in the league. A club record.

Bowling is just as impressive. 679 wickets @ 14's... 472 of those wickets in league cricket at 16's. That's not to mention some of the 200+ great catches Bear has plucked  Stats most of us would dream of. 

Benjamin Surrey

Into his 10th season at the ASPS and is still in his early 20's, already playing 150 games for the club. 

Known for his sharp left arm seamers, he troubles many batsmen and takes plenty of wickets on his day. Picking up his 100th ASPS wicket in the 2017 season. A bright future ahead.

Batting is erm, well improving... From averaging 1 in his first few seasons to a towering 8 in the 2017 season.. Also scoring 25 in a club record 10th wicket partnership of 90.  

Bart Jan Van Collenburg
Captain Asvion, medium pace bowler and middle order right hand hitter (by some called batsman). Likes a beer and is confident of winning the cup back again next year!!!
Kallum Ward

Probably the biggest hitter the Aspenden Green has witnessed. Coming into his 4th season with the ASPS in 2018. 

Left Handed batter with a brilliant talent of absolutely taking teams apart with quick runs. Already scoring 11 Fifties in his short time at the ASPS, has seen him become an important part of the league team. 

Can also bowl with real pace. One of the fastest in the club on his day. 

Paul Ward

Can be seen on a Sunday afternoon bowling 8 overs down the green.

Bowls with skill & swing down the Aspenden hill. ASPS opening Sunday bowler for the last 10 years now. Is capable of bowling some absolute jaffa's. Picking up 15+ wickets in 9 of the last 12 seasons. 

Enjoys his batting too. Normally seen in the middle flicking to leg. Annoyingly hard to get out! 

Paul's nickname of The Croc sums up the fielding pretty well. 

James Williams
Nickname: Daniel Craig, 007, Dr No Runs, Licence to thrill, Man With the Golden Duck !! Just Returned From The Shortest Retirement In Cricket History!! Batting: After a mixed seasson again with the bat really looking forward to stepping up a gear now and prove what i can do! Bowling: Enjoyed more bowling than usual last year, hope to become a player the skipper can turn to at the death!! Fielding: Would play in the covers all day everyday!! Best part of my game just love it!!
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