Here is the first in what we hope will become
a regular feature on the site, 'Recollections of Strollers
Past'. First up is a story from Gavin Caldwell, one of the
original 'Fat Naggers' along with Clive Horwood and George
Brown, and a Stroller from about 1993 to 1999. Now plying
his trade in a village somewhere west of London...
"I recall that marvellous game I had against
that side in a field somewhere in North London, I think it
was behind a school and we were playing a Ryans Bar
As I recall it was a rain-interrupted game and the opposition
were very serious about the victory that day. I particularly
remember, I really went after the barmaid they had bowling
at one point. She was a rather tricking customer coming in
off two paces and bowling a sort of dob/chuck/rounders throw,
very difficult to read. Anyway, I was taking no prisoners
that day and smashed her to the boundary several times.
Ill never forget the look on her face, as I rammed it
to her, and she realised that she had come up against a real
competitor who was not going to let any old barmaid get on
top of him. Still back to the cricket match.
Unless my memory is playing tricks with my somewhat unsteady
mind, we quickly knocked of the runs and ripped through the
oppo before retiring to a local hostelry to laugh at
them, marvellous, marvellous memories.
I know its been a few years since I lifted the
willow club in anger for the mighty Strollers and that frankly
when I did it was (almost) always rather disappointing. Equally,
its been a while since I thundered in from the Pavilion
end to reap mayhem amongst the oppositions middle order.
For example, who can ever forget that mighty delivery that
(almost) shattered the middle stump away to Chippenham to
remove their captain (I think) and set up a result for one
of the two sides playing (I cant quite remember who
Or what about that incredible four wicket haul I took against
somebody we were playing, somewhere, at some time, ah the
memories are still so clear.
I still wear my Pimlico Strollers hat with pride as I run
out for Shamley Green first eleven (only eleven sometimes
nine) on a Sunday afternoon."
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