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In no particular order:
James TrollopeJames Trollope
An opening bat who pays better respect to good bowling than many in the team, but who can crash it about with the best when his eye is in and circumstances allow; many games have been won as a result of James holding his end up. James scores lots and lots of runs: it's as simple as that - except when he doesn't, of course. His slow spin-bowling takes plenty of wickets with looping deliveries enticing unsuspecting batters into costly folly.
There is a rumour circulating - an ugly rumour - going about that James is retiring. Clearly nonsense, although it has to be said that the rumour was started by James... 
Dave RogersDave Rogers
A player who never seems to have a bad game, Dave's dogged batting and acrobatic fielding have earned him accolades from cricketing afficianados across the whole of the parish. Famed for stopping the ball in the field with almost any part of his body apart from his hands, Dave has made fielding at short square leg into an art form. Mr Versatility; Dave bats in any position, though mostly standing on his feet, and can also frighten players on both sides with his bowling. A Life Member who fully participates in tour activities, and definitely a Harvey's man, we suspect that Dave may be the perfect team-mate.
Edward Bunn
One of the most recognisable sportsmen in the County, Edward's swashbuckling style has endeared him to our regular crowd; both of them look up in anticipation of Edward's thunderous ball striking. Beneath the power, though, also lurks an intuitively correct and stylish batsman. Connoisseurs of the quick single will particularly enjoy watching Edward keeping the strike at the end of each over. No stranger to taking wickets bowling with varying pace, a fine reflex-action slip-fielder and a sure pair of hands in the deep, Edward is another key player in our fine side.
Matt Edwards
Oho, what's this? Another matinee idol playing for TWCC? It sure is, and Matt is our Vice-Captain to boot! Matt's all round game is invaluable to TWCC and he's one of our key members. His bowling talents frequently help TWCC towards positive results - the Autumn of 2014 saw him take five for 10 - and no one can argue with that. In addition to his bowling Matt is an able (young) fielder (catches win matches and Matt holds onto a lot of catches) and he bats with style and gets scores. He's got the lot... 
Joe Panther
Joe. Where to start? What to say? Any TWCC side is the better for having Joe in it. Morale will be high, fun will be had, a game will take place that we all will enjoy. He is a fierce runner after the ball in the field, a catcher of note, a bowler of tremendous optimism and a batter of substance. It might also be said that Joe's best all-round natural game is to be found on tour where his astute appreciation of the wider aspects of the Great Game comes into its own.
Richard BrockRichard Brock
Brocky! Brocky's performance on and off the pitch rarely disappoints and he scores runs and takes wickets looking after his average with the best; his
silent stalking of the end-of-season statistics reveals a player of substance indeed. As well as being another solid Harvey's man, and a player whose general bonhomie is key to our enjoyment of the game, Richard also regularly delivers key performances with bat and ball in tight situations and masterminds many of TWCC's tours. He also happens to be TWCC's long-time Captain in which role he does an excellent job.
Ollie Foulger
New for 2016 and included here because he played at the same time as the TWCC camera team were snapping away, Ollie plays with the right spirit and enjoys himself. It is to be hoped that this is just the start!
Tom Rydon
With a swoosh of fingers through the hair and a smile for the ladies Tom's ready for action. His genial nature belies the fact that he whips the ball down at speed and does batsmen (and slip-fielders...) for pace. Tom is playing regularly for TWCC now - much more reliable than his father - and he's an all round good sort. When he finishes his education we hope he finds a job with limited prospects in our corner of Sussex, never starts a serious relationship, and lives at home with his parents for the next 50 years.
What? So that he'll want to play cricket with us all the time of course!
Charlie Baldock
"Charlie, Charlie Baldock" - they're already chanting this on Sundays in the stands. "He catches, he throws, he bats, he bowls" they sing. He does all the right things. He's even promised, when he's of age, to retrospectively buy all the jugs he's going to find he owes the team. Charlie's the man! Let's hope he wants to stay and play!!
No picture yet...
George Hunter



Reese Packham
Reese is truly making his mark in the ranks of the TWCC faithful. A crowd favourite already he is renowned for his timing and expansive shot-making. If you could only listen to a game of cricket it would be worth coming to hear Reese bat just to experience the satisfying chunky smack of a middled ball. Shortly after you'd be further rewarded with the unmistakable loud rustle of a disturbed hedge. Reese also shares wicket-keeping duties with Jonathan, which he appears to enjoy and thank goodness for that!
JonathanJonathan Rowland
One of the more recent joiners, Jonathan has quickly established himself in the side as he is not only a good sort, but he can also, rather worryingly, play cricket - thus placing the rest of the side somewhat at a disadvantage. Jonathan is active and reliable in the field, and his solid batting is most reassuring when, as is often the case, there are tremblings in the pavilion. Jonathan was a most welcome member of the tour party earlier this year, and though he has, as can be seen in this photo, a tendency to be over-exposed, this has yet to be fully realised (thank goodness, Ed.) in Sudbury.
Jonathan still looks like this.
Jan Karvay
Twineham and Wineham are, perhaps, unique amongst teams we share fixtures with in that we have been able to secure the talents of a Foreign Player. Jan, or Honse, has travelled far to play cricket with us, and his talents have not, surlely, gone unnoticed by the Czech selectors.
Honse brings some much-needed sprightliness to our game, and he not only bowls a wobbly ball, but is a resilient batter and saves us many more runs than some of us can score with his fielding. A regular player whose enjoyment of the game is infectious and welcome.
Nigel IngramNigel Ingram
Nigel's opening bowling spells have set the tone for many games; either he takes a flurry of wickets straight off thus putting the opposing team onto the back foot allowing the rest of us to look good when we bowl, or he simply offers very little to hit. Nigel also bats with gusto and quickly makes the bowling look a bit less good than some others do. We see less of Nigel now as he is a man who has rather unhelpfully created personal responsibilities.
Paul Hunter
Another of the TWCC players whose performance can swing a game. Capable of big scores, Paul rarely scores slowly and many matches have been won from a platform created by him with the bat. An agile fielder, Paul's infectious eagerness in the field is a key part of TWCC's commendable tendency to restrict other sides to manageable scores. His inventive left-arm bowling often snipes a wicket or three when he's given the ball and Paul also kindly provides our weather via his Staplefield Anorakweb-site. Following a recent complaint about the up-to-date-ness of our archive photographs here we present Paul resplendent in his new rinse.
Dave JonesDave Jones
Dave is one of the stalwarts of our side whose commitment over the years has made our team what it is today. Known for bowling a tight and thoughtful line, Dave has also used his bat to good effect, though Richard is recovering well. Dave is another one of our number who can walk into a sticky situation and all of a sudden make it look less difficult and generally calm us all down. A force on tour, where the quality of his batting suddenly impresses, Dave will no doubt be looking forward to a spell of abstinence if we manage to secure another tour this year.
Phil SteinkePhil Steinke
When wickets are required, and/or runs have to be denied, one bowler in particular can be relied on to do the job, and that's Phil. Ever tight, surprisingly onto the batsman and always on a good length, Phil's wicket-taking ability is second to none in our side. Although a very effective opening bowler, now, with Matt often sharing the new ball with Nigel, Phil has been most useful as first or even second-change bowler, when he can come on and present a whole new challenge to batsmen who don't expect someone of Phil's ability to have been kept back. Phil's pure effectiveness is a blessing for the side and he is, arguably, our most valuable asset.
Rob Rydon
Along with his boys, Tom and Alex, the Rydons are famous for living closer to the Royal Oak than anybody else in the squad. This does give them a slightly unfair advantage as it's all downhill from the pub to home. Rob is forgiven this good fortune without envy for he has brought to TWCC nothing less than total cricket. A fearsome bowler and an elegantly forceful batsman, it is to be hoped that as he ages his abilities fail just enough to make him less welcome in his posh Saturday side on... Saturdays... so he can turn out for us on Sundays more often. Either that or he could simply not go home at the weekend and play for both teams. Sadly his powers seem to be as strong as ever and we don't see him often enough.
Sam Simon
2017 saw a return to the TWCC fold for Sam, his globetrotting having given him a proper perspective on life once again - one in which cricket lies near the top of commitments to be made. A natural sportsman and true lover of all aspects of the game, he bowls faster than many, fields with more gusto than any, and bats a bit like George H only with the occasional defensive shot thrown in when you least expect it.
Steve RogersSteve Rogers
Steve's family and friends are much involved in TWCC, and his absence from all our lives is hard to take. Steve has been a keystone of the club for so long that moving on without him is taking us all over new and difficult ground, ground upon which we are reluctant to tread. However, as we play on we will inevitably be reminded of all the good times we've shared with Steve and his family. We play cricket for many reasons, but I don't think we would be so keen to spend our Summer Sundays as we do if the hours together were anything other than great fun, and whilst the fun will continue, it will always now be qualified by the loss of a great team mate and friend.
Tony PierceTony Pearce
A natural sportsman, Tony's elegant craftsmanship with the bat is often to be seen at the business end of a TWCC innings. Although a sweet timer of the ball who can destroy the opposition's bowling attack in devastating fashion, Tony is also capable of restraint and slow accumulation for at least three overs. At other times his quick reflexes and sure hands have assured many outstanding catches in the slips, and Tony often moves across a position when called to keep wicket.
Tony's nimble mind is invaluable when tying up the vaguaries of TWCC's single-wicket competition; his calculations leaving many of us breathless (and pennyless).
Ian Irvine
An irregular player, in terms of the frequency of his appearances I hasten to add. Ian adds a touch of class to the games in which he plays, and, indeed, often  adds something more substantial in the runs department. 
Tom Simon
An infrequent player, Tom has the ability to keep the ball out - in which key quality he shows some advantages to the ability of his father. Tom thoroughly enjoys playing cricket, though his appearances are few and far between.
Tom doesn't look like this any more - though with a helmet on it's hard to tell...
JimJim Simon
Capable of quite destructive batting and bowling performances it is to be hoped that Jim sorts this out and plays better soon. Oh, and we mustn't forget his catching.
More grey required than this old photo shows, but we're sticking with it here in the TWCC office.
Matthew Brock
There was some doubt about whether or not Matthew would follow in his Father's footsteps, and it is our happy duty to report that it all looks a whole lot better than that! The sum of his 2010 performances is that he's top of our bowling averages and looks to be heading for a glorious career. Let's hope he follows his Father's example and ignores the lure of beer and women and just concentrates on turning out for TWCC in the years to come.

Mikey Pearce

Although much of his impact on the game has been on the pitch, where his seductive bowling and textbook batsmanship have helped TWCC's cause, it is in the dressing room where Mikey is keenest to further improve. Alone in proposing the spending of scarce club funds on a full-length mirror, Mikey's dedication to his hair and how he looks in these pages set him apart from the rest of the team, whose appearance can, perhaps, best be described as uncontrived. Now the insitigator of four re-takes by the Gazette's hard-working photographic department, it is to be hoped that, now he is the holder of the single-wicket trophy, Mikey will realise that it's his cricket and not the hairdo that matters. Well done to Mikey for his impressive cricket, by the way.
 
Ollie BunnOllie Bunn
Whilst eager to excel in all aspects of the game, Ollie clearly concentrates most on the period of play between the end of one innings and the start of the next; often selflessly putting himself forward in
the fray and wrong-footing the opposition. Yet to have the opportunity to fully contribute on the field of play, it is to be hoped that Ollie keeps up his interest in the game and, with the other youngsters in the side, forms part of the TWCC side that will play on into the future.
2016 update - Ollie no longer looks like this...

The Team as a Whole
Having just taken us on a browse through the squad I have been reminded again about the marvels of traditional Sunday cricket teams; where else does one find such a mix of characters, who operate during the bulk of their lives in so many diverse fields, but who, on Summer Sundays, converge and interact in a wholly fulfilling and comfortable fashion? In our particular case it is also apparent, having read the above again, how good a side we must be! Capable of stunning batting, miserly and accurate bowling and agile fielding - how do we ever lose?
Another thought pleasant in its contemplation is how many youngsters we have coming through with their fathers; George, Mikey, Oli, Sam, Matt, Matthew, not to mention young Steve Rogers. We could make up a side with fathers and sons alone. Many youngsters find themselves unable to continue beyond a certain age as their commitments and interests alter, but at the moment the situation is healthy indeed.
There is little more pleasurable than meandering through a Sunday afternoon on a cricket pitch playing a properly meaningless game of cricket with fellow believers.

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And on to the most amazing feat of stats-compilation ever undertaken by anyone vaguely normal.

The TWCC "RECENT TIMES" Statisitcs!
Richard spent weeks of his life poring over dusty tomes looking for a way of showing his career in a good light - and he found it. Some came off better than others, but all of us are the richer.
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"RECENT TIMES" REFERS TO THE PERIOD 1988 ONWARDS, AND SEVERAL OF THE PLAYERS ON THE LIST WERE PLAYING BEFORE 1988 AND THEIR PLAY PRIOR TO THE PERIOD SHOWN IN THE TABLES IS NOT REPRESENTED. SEVERAL KEY PLAYERS ARE ALSO CURRENTLY MISSING FROM THE TABLES ALTOGETHER, THOUGH THIS COULD BE REMEDIED. ALSO THE BOWLING STATS FOR TWO MISSING SEASONS HAVE BEEN ESTIMATED!
THE PURPOSE OF THIS EXCERCISE IS, THEN, TO PROVIDE A LIGHT-HEARTED ROUGH GUIDE TO RECENT TIMES AND SHOULD BE ENJOYED AS SUCH.

TWCC Batting Statistics 1988-2009* Career Best Comments
James Trollope Innings
Runs
Average
300
9004
34.73
119*
(2005)
In the last match James became the first TWCC player, at least in recent history, to pass 9000 runs. From 1999 to 2005 he averaged over 50 five times in seven seasons.
Tony Pearce Innings
Runs
Average
249
8056
35.53
152
(2008)
Tony's high score of 152 is the highest score by any TWCC player in living memory, possibly ever. Tony scored 3 centuries in 7 innings in 1996.
Edward Bunn Innings
Runs
Average
273
6482
28.43
115*
(2003)
In 2000 Edward scored over 500 runs and took 24 wickets. It is a reminder why, in his prime, he was TWCC's most feared player.
Paul Hunter Innings
Runs
Average
200
5846
33.41
110*
(2004)
One of the few TWCC players who can claim to a centurion and a member of the "fifer's" club.
Steve Rogers Innings
Runs
Average
204
3034
15.96
86*
(2001)
TWCC's top catcher, thanks to his excellent wicket keeping. Steve is also one of our finest batsmen and stroke-makers.
Richard Brock Innings
Runs
Average
221
2913
16.85
68
(2002)
Waited 7 seasons for the long awaited 50, but, in fairness, his batting has generally improved over the past 21 years!
Dave Rogers Innings
Runs
Average
285
2532
8.74
64*
(1993)
A fine stroke-maker in his day, whose enjoyment of his cricket makes him an integral part of the set up.
Dave Jones Innings
Runs
Average
198
1485
8.33
54
(1995)
Waited 8 years for his first and only 50, and it was celebrated by all when he was carried off shoulder-high!
Nigel Ingram Innings
Runs
Average
95
1070
14.98
77*
(2004)
On his day one of the finest strikers of the ball we have, his 77 not out lives long in the memory.
Jim Simon Innings
Runs
Average
71
921
11.51
68*
(2003)
One of TWCC's true all-rounders, on his day he can send 6's soaring as 68 not out shows.
Mikey Pearce Innings
Runs
Average
39
549
15.56
48*
(2009)
Clearly a great technique which could see him have the same sort of impact as his Dad. Never one to go quietly.
Jonathan Rowland Innings
Runs
Average
21
451
27.11
79*
(2007)
One of TWCC's most recent transfers and a great one. 79 not out his highest but he is expected to join the centurions very soon.
Matt Steinke Innings
Runs
Average
52
351
5.85
51*
(2006)
A maiden 50 in 2006 shows his potential is there, and he clearly has the strength and technique to be a force up the order in future seasons.
Rob Rydon Innings
Runs
Average
5
167
21.62
56
(2009)
If Rob can decide to make TWCC his first club instead of his 3rd or 4th, our strength in batting would instantly become much greater. And bowling. Cricket generally, really...
Phil Steinke Innings
Runs
Average
48
153
4.69
20
(2007)
Remarkably few innings considering the number of overs he bowls - but he never compalins and enjoys his occasional cameos.
George Hunter Innings
Runs
Average
19
124
6.22
21
(2009)
Taking after his Dad with his strong leg-side shots - two 6's in an innings in 2009 shows he will be a force in seasons to come.
Jan Karvay Innings
Runs
Average
9
20
3.33
7*
(2009)
Each season Honse will improve as he continues to enjoy, and master, the game.
Oli Bunn Innings
Runs
Average
5
17
4.25
7*
(2008)
Seven not out shows a promise of things to come.
Matthew Brock Innings
Runs
Average
3
1
0.25
1
(2008)
"Room for improvement for this TWCC Junior" seems a little unkind. Perhaps once he overcomes the inevitable expectations his cricketing will blossom.
TWCC Bowling Statistics 1988-2009*  TOCareer Best Comments
Edward Bunn Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
268
1662.2
214
316
6297
19.92
7-31
(2001)
Whilst Edward has teken more wickets than any TWCC player in recent history he has also conceded the most runs!
James Trollope Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
300
1061.3
110
274
4544
16.58
7-17
(1998)
274 wickets take a bit of getting, and to top the batting and come second in the bowling table here speaks for itself. One of TWCC's greatest assets.
Phil Steinke Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
155
1390
318
253
3293
13.01
8-17
(2004)
Multi record-holder: best ever figures in recent TWCC history of 8 -17 in 2004, most wickets in a season with 37 in 2008, most overs in a season with 160 in 2002, and greatest number of of maidens in a season with 47 in 2002!
Richard Brock Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
220
1204.4
142
250
4362
17.44
4-5
(1994)
The only TWCC player in recent history to take a clean-bowled hat-trick; v Staplefield in 1994.
Dave Jones Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
235
1537.4
204
250
5833
23.33
5-9
(1992)
Another member of the TWCC "fifer" club, Dave's 5 for 9 in 1992 was just one of many celebrated notches on his bowling bedstead. Claimed his 250th wicket this season.
Nigel Ingram Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
158
1370.1
217
216
4364
20.2
5-11
(1997)
Devastating opening bowler, another "fifer" member who has sadly allowed life, wife and children to interfere with more important things. Return is overdue!
Paul Hunter Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
200
837.4
128
139
3207
23.07
7-13
(1999)
An astonishing spell of 7 for 13 in 1999 caused the record books to be re-checked! His ability to get lift and bounce can cause chaos in the ranks of the opposition.
Tony Pearce Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
249
390
32
101
1577
15.61
3-0
(1991)
The figures suggest that sometime in the 90's Tony had a purple patch as a bowler! Always a good gamble for a captain - "buy one"?
Jim Simon Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
72
421.2
58
57
1494
26.21
3-21
(2009)
Much to come for this late-starter who frequently opens the bowling and on his day can prove to be the one who swings the ball by far the most.
Matt Steinke Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
82
492
83
55
1532
27.85
4-37
(2008)
Has secured his place as opening bowler, but fights constantly against slippery fingers by "catchers" which has kept his average down. Soon likely to catching up with his dad's wicket-taking ability.
Dave Rogers Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
285
114
10
35
526
15.02
3-10
(1992)
Dave's top performance included a hat-trick!
Mikey Pearce Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
39
158.4
11
29
766
26.41
4-20 Has burst onto the scene with leg spin and seam options, as 4 for 20 indicates. he can go far if he pulls his socks up.
And his trousers!
Rob Rydon
Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
6
49
8
9
100
11.11
5-28
(2009)
Became a member of TWCC's "Fifers" in only his second season and is without doubt currently the fastest bowler in the club.
Jonathan Rowland Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
21
26.4
2
5
158
31.6
2-2
(2008)
Not only a great batsman, he has bowled a little!
Jan Karvay Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
14
19
2
4
79
19.74
1-2
(2009)
The learning curve has been steep, but the figures suggest there is much potential here.
Steve Rogers Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
1
3
0
2
21
10.5
2-21
(2002)
No; he really did once take two wickets in a match. Honest!
Oli Bunn Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
2
6
0
1
42
42

?
Enough seen of Oli to know there's potential there. More overs needed...
George Hunter Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
19
10
0
0
62
 -
0-9
(2008)
Still learning his trade, needing to take the long hops out of his game but enough strength and technique to indicate a good bowling future.
Matthew Brock Matches
Overs
Maidens
Wickets
Runs
Average
7
14
0
0
85
 -
0-18 Great technique, good speed and accuracy - a great future as a pace bowler.
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